By Mark Moore in Music / Festivals on 15 June 2018
A look at the line-up for the festival's 50th anniversary.
They say life begins at fifty, and with 2018 being the Isle of Wight Festival's 50th anniversary, we have high hopes for this year's event. It's always a blast, but this year the line-up needs to be particularly special and, thankfully, that's one thing the festival has already delivered on.
Image caption Isle of Wight Festival 2018
The beauty of this festival (apart from it being on the Isle of Wight) is how family friendly it is. The atmosphere is always so relaxed, and where else are you going to listen to some great DJs while staring at a statue in a field of a bloke with a bow and arrow? No, not Robin Hood, it's 'The Strongbow Yard'; a buzzing little place that adds to the whole experience much like another favourite, Kashmir Café.
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Rag'n'Bone Man performs live at Isle of Wight Festival 2017 - Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom - Monday 12th June 2017
The Cribbs, Gary Jarman, Ryan Jarman , Ross Jarman - Isle of Wight Festival 2016 - Day 4 - Arrivals at Isle Of Wight Festival - Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th June 2016
Brian May - Isle of Wight Festival 2016 - Day 4 - Celebrity Sightings at Isle Of Wight Festival - Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th June 2016
Image caption IoW made the world record attempt to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Hendrix's 1970 set
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Mel C - Mel C relaxes at the Isle of Wight Festival with a pint at Isle of Wight Festival - Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th June 2015
By Staff Writer in Music / Festivals on 08 June 2015
We preview some of the top acts on the bill this year.
Summer festival season kicks into high gear this weekend with the first big event of the calendar taking place on the south coast. Tens of thousands of people will be heading to Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight for a bill, which is top heavy on heritage acts that bring with them a sense of nostalgia. While recent years have welcomed the likes of Jay-Z, Calvin Harris and Kings Of Leon to headline, this time round it seems big names with an even bigger back catalogue are being used as the main attraction.
Image caption The festival season kicks off June 12th on the Isle of Wight, where Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform
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By Jim Pusey in Music Reviews on 11 June 2014
With just hours until thousands of people flock to Portsmouth and Southampton for their annual ferry trip to the Isle of Wight Festival, it's time to look ahead to the first big event in the summer festival calendar.
Twelve years since the festival was resurrected, organiser John Giddings has steered Isle of Wight from strength to strength. With around 60,000 punters travelling to the Island, it's not just Seaclose Park that's transformed for the weekend, there's a real community spirit that's evident as buses wind their way towards the festival site. Past years have seen a surprise appearance from Kanye West for Jay-Z's headline set, rock royalty like Jagger, McCartney and Neil Young take to the main stage, and bands such as the Foo Fighters casually chatting to fans on the car ferry. This year looks like it will live up to the festival's reputation without a repeat of 2012's well-publicised mud bath. Although there's perhaps not many surprises on the line-up, there's still plenty to look forward to.
The top twelve to watch from June 12:
Boy George: If you're arriving early, the former Culture Club front man is headlining the Thursday night festivities. But far from a nostalgia act, George is touring his first album of original material in 18 years. He's embraced DJ culture and is likely to put on an impressive show whether he's behind the turntable or the microphone.
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Posted on 26 August 2011
Sharon Corr and Isle of Wight Festival Friday 10th June 2011 The Isle of Wight Festival at Seaclose Park - Performances - Day 1 Newport, Isle of Wight
By Sam Marland in Music Reviews on 21 June 2010
Getting to the Isle of Wight festival involves a fair bit of transport, you're not on any of it for long, but come the end of it, you feel like only a plane is needed to complete the collection. So after tubes, trains, ferry's and busses had been boarded, Contact music finally arrived at Isle of Wight Festival HQ in desperate need of a drink. Oh and a tent pitch. I couldn't possibly say which task was tended to first, but safe to say, it didn't involve an instruction manual.
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