When one’s mind drifts back to the cusp of the 60’s and 70’s, one typically thinks of Richard Nixon, the birth of Disco music, and 400,000 hippies frolicking naked in a pasture merrily hexed by the wizardry of Jimi Hendrix.
The Isle of Wight Festival, since it has grown in reputation and stature, has countless sponsors and vendors. they participate annually creating a dream-land-vacation-world packed chock-full of yoga on the beach, wilderness survival training, body painting, and most importantly a cornucopia of world famous headliners.
The Isle of Wight hosted another massive festival in the past named Bestival. Nowdays Bestival is located in Lulworth Estate in Dorset.
Isle of Wight Festival 2019 Lineup
George Ezra, Biffy, Bastille, and many more in the 2019 lineup edition. See the complete list below:
Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Lineup
Rita Ora, Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian. Do we need to mention any more headliners? check the full lineup below.
Isle Of Wight Music Festival Lineup History
Though The IOW Festival was founded upon rock n’ roll, overtime it has expanded. Nowdays it includes hip-hop, pop, and punk music acts such as:
Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, Sex Pistols, Pixies, and Pink among others. With the festival allowing its musical tastes to evolve with the times, it proves to create an atmosphere that allows greater freedom for attendees to express their love of music and whet their palates with some new tunes to take home in the meantime.
Isle Of Wight Festival 2017 Lineup
The Isle of Wight Festival created history between June 8th-11th, and it’s lineup was quite tasty! With the headliners such as: Run DMC, Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart, George Ezra and Bastille!
Isle Of Why-Wouldn’t-You-Go?
Isle of Wight Festival is one of great prestige. Both in terms of its history and its tendency for out-of-this-world line-ups. So if you are a festival fanatic and are looking for a stimulating experience, buy a ticket and reserve yourself a space for this year’s Isle of Wight Festival. It’s going to be isle-uminating!
The Isle of Wight Music Festival is held at Seaclose Park in Newport, Isle of Wight, UK. Seaclose Park is located between river Medina and Fairlee Road.
Isle Of Wight Festival Tips
For those attending the festival, be sure that you are well equipped with a hearty pair of boots, or a pair of sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty (in fact you should probably be okay with all of your clothes getting dirty), and a waterproof container for your valuables!
Even though the festival is in the beginning of June when the lingering fog usually tends to lift its veil from the isle, there are sometimes massive puddles of murky water and mud vats to navigate through amidst the festival grounds and camping areas.
2# Prepare for rain
It is an island off the coast of England, so dress accordingly. You don’t want to be caught half nude when the heavens begin crying and howling like banshees over the island because of the blasphemous rock n’ roll. Then you would really be caught with your pants down. Or perhaps, with no pants at all…
3# Be Respectful
Do you remember those impersonable rednecks from Deliverance? Don’t worry, these locals are nothing like that.
However, they certainly have had their fair share of tourist encounters and because of that, they value their peace and quiet very highly. Be courteous and aware of your surroundings! You are a guest in another community!
What to Do?
While the festival will most likely be the primary focus and pinnacle of your experience on the isle, there are many sights to admire throughout the island that will most certainly have you leaving it’s rocky shores fulfilled and enriched by the abundance of history and culture that is afoot.
The Needles Battery is a military installment atop a tower of chalk exploding from the ocean’s surface, and from it three massive outcroppings of chalk erupt from the water out toward the horizon, as if a giant skipped a stone and the ripples became petrified in the frosty fog enshrouding the isle.
Other pieces of history that can be experienced are that within Dinosaur Isle and Dinosaur Expedition Centre, where you can learn more about the mega-flora and fauna that used to inhabit the isle millions of years ago.
If you are looking for a more ‘hands-on’ approach, they have maps available to tell you of all the best locations around the island to find fossils, and you get your own guide! It’s like geocaching but with dinosaur bones…Oh yeah.
Where to Stay?
In going to a music festival, the most common choice of accommodation is to camp.
However, luckily enough, the Isle of Wight Festival offers unlimited re-entry. So, if you are not one for the outdoors and prefer a more comfortable base of operations for your debauchery, FEAR NOT!
Now, about the camping. All Isle of Wight Weekend tickets come include camping in an beautiful 180 acre campsite that runs along the river. All you have to do is pack in your tent, find a place that tickles your fancy, and set up camp!
In 2019 Campsite opens at 12pm Thursday June 13th and finishes at 2pm on June 17th Monday.
The campsites are color coordinated so that you can easily find your way to and from your temporary home. The camping areas open at noon on June 8th, and close at 2pm on June 12th, and they include toilets, showers, drinking water, food vendors, and even bars!
As well, for an additional fee, you can ‘glamp’ it up! For those who have an appreciation for ‘posh loos’ and clean feet, Isle of Wight Festival has pre-pitched yurts, podpads, bell tents, and even tipis for you to enjoy during the weekend.
Isle of Wight is suitably equipped with B&B’s, hotels, and even luxury cottages available for rent at various locations around the isle, and Booking.com is a great resource that will help you find a hospitable space of your liking for an affordable price.
Such locations in Newport Isle of Wight as the The Small B & B has great reviews.
The Newport Quay is also another great option within walking distance from the Isle Of Wight Festival
Where to Eat?
As for the festival itself, there are many vendors participating who bring a great diversity of abundance to the party in terms of libations, culture, and cuisine.
The Kashmir Cafe brings with it a plethora of island-style food and beer, and in fact, is decked out with a BEER GARDEN *Gasp!*…That’s right…A place on earth that provides a fruitful abundance of fermented malt water as if from lore and legend.
There is also Tim’s Diner which brings a selection of as they say, “damn fine coffee,” scrumptious cakes, and freshly pressed juice at the end of every day- now that sounds like a great way to close out a day of movin` and groovin`!
How to Get There?
In the first leg of your trip, you will most likely find yourself making your way to the ferry to traverse the treacherous waters.
There are four different points of embarkation: Southampton, Portsmouth, Lymington or Southsea. First, however, you will be given directions, from the east and the west, on how to get to the ferries in the first place.
By car: Take A3 to Mile End Road in Portsmouth. From there, continue onto A3 to George’s road, and follow that until you reach Portsmouth, then you will take the Portsmouth ferry.
By bus/train: You are going to want to start out at the Waterloo Station in London, taking “Southwest Trains” toward Weymouth until you reach Southampton Central. From there, you can easily walk to the Southampton Passenger Terminal and board the ferry.
By car: Start out of A4 and follow that until you reach Pennyquick in Bath and N.E. Somerset, from there, take B3110 to A36 in Somerset and follow that until you reach Lyndhurst Road in Wiltshire, then take A337 all the way to Lymington, and from Lymington you can take a ferry to the isle.
By bus/train: Start off at the Bristol Temple Meads station and take GWR train to Portsmouth Harbour and get off at the Southampton Central. From there, you will walk about 1 minute over to the Central Station and take the Quayconnect bus to Town Quay and get off at the Red Jet Terminal. From there, you can board the Southampton Passenger Terminal for the ferry.
Big Green Coach:
The most recommended and Earth friendly option is to travel with other festival-goers on the Big Green Coach! They pick up from several different locations, including but not limited to: Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, London Victoria, Manchester, Oxford, and Reading. As well, they will also drop your too-tired-for-life self back off at your home location on Monday after the festivities.
Unless you are a highly skilled special operative, olympic athlete, or survival nut-job who plans to swim to this giant rock in the middle of the English channel, you will most likely choose the Ferry.
Whether you are planning on hoofing it or bringing your own vehicle along for the ride, both options are accommodated. There are many services such as Red Funnel and Wightlink that will assist you (for a fee, of course) in taking you and/or your car across the channel and back to the mainland.
The Faster Ferry— Hovercraft:
Hover Travel provides not only the world’s only commercial hovercraft operator, but the quickest option to travel from Southsea (Portsmouth) to Ryde (Isle of Wight) — it only takes 10 minutes! Greater than that, a round trip ticket will only cost you 22.50 EUR.
However, it is important to note that this ferry is for foot passengers only, so if you are planning to ship your car across the channel, the Red Funnel or Wightlink are going to be your best options.
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Isle of Wight Festival History
Considering that the isle was originally preferred by yachtsmen and retirees as a haven of peace, quiet, and an immense love for expensive boats, the residents were less than pleased when their beloved home was flooded by festival-goers in the name of Unity and Celebration through Rock n’ Roll induced hypnosis.
As such, legal precedents were taken to further regulate the procedure of events on the island (such as a maximum occupancy), in particular, the Isle of Wight Festival itself.
Ever since, the organisers, Ron and Ray Foulk, known as the Foulk Brothers (or under their company name, Fiery Creations Limited), through dedication and passion, have stirred up a profound history