Isle of Wight Festival Season

The Isle of Wight Festival marks the beginning of the UK’s music festival calendar and has featured great headline acts like the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, David Bowie, Rod Stewart and REM.

The Isle of Wight Festival marks the beginning of the UK’s music festival calendar. Well known for great music and fun atmosphere the Newport site will soon be swarming with fans of popular music coming to see legends such as Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, David Bowie and REM.

The Island is no stranger to festivals with the first big Isle of Wight festival in Wootton in 1969 where Bob Dylan was the headline act with supporting acts that included Joe Cocker and The Who. Attended by around 150,000 people over two days it was a major success and set the scene for one of the most famous music festivals of all time.

Isle of Wight Festival 1970 poster

 

The legendary Jimi Hendrix festival of 1970 was the largest musical event of its time, with a bigger audience than Woodstock - an estimated 600 - 700,000. People arrived at the Afton site near Freshwater Bay from all over the UK and Europe. Many turned up without tickets and watched the whole event for free from East Afton Down, which overlooked the festival site - much to annoyance of the organisers!

With a lineup that also included The Who, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, The Doors, Supertramp, Joan Baez, Jethro Tull, Leonard Cohen, Ten Years After, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Free and Procol Harum it probably isn't surprising that music fans flocked to this quiet corner of the Island. For the organisers it was not a success and they faced a barrage of criticism for the inadequate facilities and general chaos. For music fans attendance was, and probably still is, a badge of honour, although most will be well into their 60s by now.

The most recent festivals began in 2002 when entrepreneur John Giddings stepped up to revive the Isle of Wight Festival and today it is still going strong with top headline acts and the Island providing a great location for the event.

The 2018 Isle of Wight Festival runs from 22nd-24th June.

Visit isleofwightfestival.com for full information.

Recent Posts

Freshwater Churches

There are two fine old churches in Freshwater; St Agnes Church at Freshwater Bay and All Saints' Church in the old part of Freshwater close to The Causway…

Read More
Freshwater ChurchesPosted: 22 Apr 2020

6 Fun Things To Do In The West Wight At Half Term

Have you just realised that it is half term next week and are frantically wondering how to entertain the children? Try these six things to do this half term.…

Read More
6 Fun Things To Do In The West Wight At Half TermPosted: 13 Feb 2020

Historic Houses Restoration Award

Farringford achieved 'Highly Commended’ in the recent Historic Houses Restorations Awards which celebrates remarkable restoration work. …

Read More
Historic Houses Restoration AwardPosted: 23 Jan 2020

Sustainable Travel Gold Award for Farringford

Farringford Estate and holiday cottages at Freshwater recently achieved the gold level in the Green Star sustainable travel scheme.…

Read More
Sustainable Travel Gold Award for Farringford Posted: 14 Jan 2020
© 2020 Farringford