On Thursday 9th June one of the country’s biggest and best loved festivals kicks off with an almighty bang. Every year Isle of Wight is the first of the major UK festivals to take place and is widely accepted as one of the best. Dating back over 45 years, the festival has played host to some of the most influential performances and artists in history.
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Originally set up in 1968 as Europe’s equivalent of Woodstock, the festival really sought fame and respect in 1970 where the five-day line up included some of the most successful and revered acts of the day. Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Supertramp, Leonard Cohen, Chicago, Procol Harum and many, many more played to over 600,000 people. Then, as quickly and infamously as it appeared, the event fell out of existence.
In 2002 John Giddings, a successful music promotor, saw the opportunity for a re-launch and continues to curate the event today. Since its resurrection, the festival has seen some of the biggest names in music grace its famous stages. The Rolling Stones, The Who, David Bowie, Muse, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Kasabian, Amy Winehouse, Kings of Leon, Jay-Z, Coldplay, The Sex Pistols, The Police, Blondie, Biffy Clyro are just a handful of the names that have performed to the masses.
Today, the event is seen as a pilgrimage for music lovers across the world. The unique location and design of the festival adds a specific atmosphere which is not easily replicated. Sitting just a two-hour journey from London, on an island off mainland England, the occasion offers escapism in its purest form.
The camping area for The Isle of Wight Festival opens at 12 midday on Thursday 9th June and will be closing at 2pm on Monday 13th June. The entertainment will end at different times throughout the weekend and the arena opening times will be published closer to the event.
Getting to The Isle of Wight Festival is very simple. All you need to do is take a train, car or coach to one of the four main ferry crossings in Portsmouth, Southampton, Lymington or Southsea. On the other side of the crossing, the festival will be well signposted. Follow the crowds and you’ll shortly be at the entrance gates. To get tickets or enquire further about your journey, visit the travel service providers by clicking on the links below:
Red Funnel – Offering packages to foot and car passengers from Southampton.
Wightlink – Offering packages to foot and car passengers from Portsmouth and Lymington.
Hover Travel – Offering packages to passengers travelling on foot.
Big Green Coach – Offering coach packages from 13 UK locations across the ferry and to the festival gates.
We recommend that you book your ferry and pay for any car parking required in advance of arrival.
It can be difficult packing for a festival, so we’ve put together a list of what you should bring to make the most of your weekend:
An old mobile phone – the indestructible Nokia 3310 is our favourite festival phone
Some mud-proof wellies
Old, practical but stylish clothes
A waterproof coat
Warm clothes for the night
Toilet roll – you never know when you’ll need it
Dry foods and snacks
Loads of water
Rubbish/dirty laundry bags
Remember: Don’t bring anything you can’t afford to lose!
When it comes to what you shouldn’t take to the festival, the list could be exhaustive. Instead, we’ve included the official Isle of Wight Festival list of prohibited items:
Gas canisters larger than 300ml
Poles, banners and flags
Animals (other than registered guide dogs)
Any items which may be used as a weapon
Now to the fun part! Not every act has been announced yet but this year’s line-up looks incredible so far:
The Who, Queen & Adam Lambert, Stereophonics, Faithless, Adam Ant, Alabama 3, Bang Bang Romero, Black Violin, Blossoms, Busted, Buzzcocks, The Carnabys, Cast, The Corrs, The Cribs, The Damned, The Dolls, Everything Everything, The Family Rain, Feeder, Gabrielle Aplin, Germein Sisters, The Godfathers, Gutterdammerung, Half Moon Run, The High Kings, Iggy Pop, Jess Glynne, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Kerri Watt, The Kills, Lissie, The Lounge Kittens, Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys, Mike + The Mechanics, The Novatones, Ocean Colour Scene, Pendulum (DJ set), Reef, Reverend and The Makers, Richard Ashcroft, The Second Sons, Sigma (Live), Simon Townshend, Sixx:am, Status Quo, Sunset Sons, Turin Brakes, Twin Atlantic, The Wonder Stuff and many more…
We know what it’s like when a festival edges closer. You download all of your favourite music and only listen to the songs of the groups and artists you’re going to see Extra resources. You learn every lyric and share it all with your friends who’ll be taking the trip with you. When you download our free social radio app, you can create and share playlists with your friends live to get in the mood. This is one we made earlier:
The Who – Baba O’Riley
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Stereophonics – Have a Nice Day
Adam Ant – Prince Charming
Blossoms – At Most a Kiss
Feeder – Just a Day
Iggy Pop – Passenger
Ocean Colour Scene – Magic Carpet Days
Status Quo – Rockin’ All Over The World
Everything Everything – Spring/Summer/Winter/Dread
Sunset Sons – She Wants
Faithless – Insomnia
Pendulum – Watercolour
Sigma – Coming Home
Jess Glynne – Ain’t Got Far To Go
If you’re as excited as we are for the Isle of Wight Festival, then download the app and start building playlists to share live with your friends: