The Isle of Wight is world famous for its festivals. In 1968 the first music fans came to watch the Jefferson Airplane. By 1970 hundreds of thousands were making the trip across the Solent to watch international stars perform.
In 2021 the Island will play host to Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol and many, many more in June at Seaclose Park.
The Island has other musical events too, including Jack Up The Summer and RhythmTree.
It isn’t just music either. Cowes Week brings thousands of spectators to watch the largest sailing regatta in the world.
Culture vultures can feast on the Isle of Wight Literary Festival, whilst foodies can tuck in to the Garlic Festival. Bring your boots for the Isle of Wight Walking Festival!
Get ready to rock again in 2021
The Isle of Wight Festival will return in 2021 with a line up that includes:
- 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
Isle of Wight Festival history
For many people around the world, the Isle of Wight means festivals. We’re up there with Woodstock and Coachella as a global music brand, and we were doing it before Glastonbury!
Since 2002 the Isle of Wight Festival has brought the biggest names to Newport’s Seaclose Park. David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Jay Z, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and The Killers have all headlined the event. The festival isn’t just about legends – Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Rita Ora, George Ezra and Fatboy Slim have all played in recent years.
The festival was reborn after 32 years off. Promoter John Giddings put the Island back on the musical map in 2002 because he remembered attending the 1970 event at Freshwater, where up to half a million people watched Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Who and Joni Mitchell. It was the third festival put on by Ray and Ronnie Foulk, building on their success the previous year with Bob Dylan at Wootton, and the Jefferson Airplane in 1968 in a field of stubble outside Godshill.
Come for the festival, stay for a holiday
Attending one of our many events doesn’t have to mean sleeping in a tent on a festival campsite.
The Island has a huge range of accommodation options, with budgets to suit all pockets. There’s plenty here on our website
but if you still can’t find what you are looking for (see – even we’re bursting into song now) please call us on 01983 520052 where a member of our friendly team will be only too pleased to help you.