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Isle of Wight Festival


Isle of Wight Festival History

Festivals on the Isle of Wight are such an attraction.  Not only is the Island a magical host to them, but we have some of the best in the UK, including the World Famous Isle of Wight Festival, which is hosted at Sea Close Park.

On 31st August and 1st September 1968, the very first festival was held at Ford Farm, near Godshill and was attended by about 10,000 people. Headliners such as Jefferson Airplane, with Arthur Brown, The Move, Smile, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, Plastic Penny, Fairport Convention, and The Pretty Things performed. 1969, the festival moved location to Wootton with an estimated attendance of 150,000, followed by another relocation Afton Down in 1970. Attendance was estimated to have been 600,000 or even 700,000. The event was the relocated again in 2002- this time to its current location at Seaclose Park, a recreation ground on the outskirts of Newport. An annual event progressively extending itself northwards beyond Seaclose Park along the fields of the eastern Medina valley.

Isle of Wight Festival has bought many joyful memories to both Islanders and visitors with headliners over the years such as Paul Weller, Bryan Adams, Counting Crows, David Bowie, The Who, Snow Patrol, Kaiser Chiefs, Stereophonics, Sir Paul McCartney, Pink and of course many more musical legends.



Isle of Wight Festival 2021 Headliners

2021 is proving to be another year of zero disappointments with the following lining up the stage:

  • Friday: Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi
  • Saturday: Snow Patrol, Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra presents Ibiza Classics conducted by Jules Buckley ft. Maxi Jazz of Faithless
  • Sunday: Duran Duran

We really do have a wonderful selection of all styles of accommodation on our glorious Isle with budgets to suit all pockets. Click here to search for your ideal place to sleep but if you still can’t find what you are looking for please telephone 01983 520052 where a member of our friendly team will be only too pleased to help you.

For information on where to purchase tickets, visit www.isleofwightfestival.com or www.ticketmaster.co.uk/isle-of-wight-festival

The Island hosts a wide range of other festivals -The Cowes Regatta and Cowes Week, Christmas Trees, Sweetcorn and Garlic – we have the lot for you to participate in and enjoy.