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The Isle of Wight Festival

Starting the summer in style, the award winning Isle of Wight Festival takes place in June every year in the town of Newport and is steeped in history and recognised around the world for its line-up, mixing legendary artists with the hottest up and coming acts. 

The Festival is famed for its heritage and as the UK’s first major music event of the summer; it gives festivalgoers a line up to love.

The dates for The Isle of Wight Festival 2015 have been confirmed as 11th to 14th June 2015. Early-bird tickets are on-sale NOW - click here to order

The 2014 festival was headlined by Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and the Kings of Leon. To view a gallery of images, see videos from across the weekend and stay up to date with news for the Isle of Wight Festival 2015 head over to their website at http://isleofwightfestival.com/

To search for places to stay during the festival go to our accommodation page.

Isle of Wight Festival stage

Isle of Wight Festival

The original Isle of Wight Festival took place at the end of the 1960’s during the summer of love. 

A series of legendary events they featured performances from Bob Dylan, The Who, Free, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Jefferson Airplane and many more.

In 1970, 600,000 hippies descended on the island to see Jimi Hendrix perform his penultimate concert.

The Festival marked a turning point in UK music history and played a major part in shaping the music festivals we know today.

In 2002, the Isle of Wight Festival was reincarnated following a 32-year gap.

Since its rebirth the Festival has seen headline performances from some of the biggest acts in the world, including: The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Kasabian, Kings of Leon, Jay-Z, The Strokes, The Who, David Bowie and Coldplay, amongst others.

Bruce Springsteen headlining the Isle of Wight festival

Festival organisers, Solo, keep the spirit and tradition of the original Festival alive by conserving many of the original Festival attributes.

Artist Dave Roe designed the original artwork and the intricate, colourful and iconic designs are ever present today.

The original and the new Festival continue to play a huge part in the rich cultural heritage of the Island.

Music lovers who want to be transported back in time can visit Dimbola Lodge, where they have a permanent photographic and memorabilia exhibition from the 1968-1970 festivals.

Outside there is a small memorial garden with a statue of Jimi Hendrix designed by sculptor John Swindells and kindly donated to Dimbola Lodge by John Giddings, the Isle of Wight Festival organiser.

This life-size bronze acts as a permanent memorial to the legendary performance from Hendrix at the 1970 Festival and to commemorate his last UK show before his untimely death.

The statue is set amidst a specially planted meditation area and dressed just as he was in 1970 when he brought his ‘message to love’ to the Island.

Have your picture taken next to Jimi and his guitar or breathe in the wonderful lavender ‘Purple Haze’ that grows in his garden.

Jimi Hendrix at 1970s festival

Jimi Hendrix on stage at Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (Image courtesy of Dimbola Lodge / Julia Margaret Cameron Trust)

Isle of Wight Festival 1969 Programme

Original programme from 1969 Isle of Wight Festival (Image courtesy of Dimbola Lodge / Julia Margaret Cameron Trust)

Crowd at Isle of Wight festival 1970

Crowd at 1970 Isle of Wight Festival (Image courtesy of Dimbola Lodge / Julia Margaret Cameron Trust)

There'll always be an England

"There'll always be an England" (Image courtesy of Dimbola Lodge / Julia Margaret Cameron Trust)

 Isle of Wight Festival Artwork 2009 - 2010

Isle of Wight Festival artwork 2011

Although the 60s are over, the Festival remains true to the spirit of those times - bringing together peace, love and a stage for legendary artists of the past, present and future.

These aforementioned artists and music icons such as Hendrix were part contributors to a legacy that continues today to capture the hearts of everyone lucky enough to be part of the Isle of Wight Festival – bands, fans, locals and organisers alike.

John Giddings, Solo, Festival Organiser said: “We would never have attempted to restart the Festival without having such a strong history, the Isle of Wight was the Woodstock of Europe. I saw Jimi Hendrix there, and was proud to be offered the chance to contribute to the island’s musical heritage. Years on we are now creating our own musical legacy”.

                Jimi Hendrix Statue at Dimbola Lodge

Although the 60s are over, the Festival remains true to the spirit of those times - bringing together peace, love and a stage for legendary artists of the past, present and future.

Take a look at the Isle of Wight Festival Hall of Fame…

Coldplay at the Isle of Wight Festival

Jay-Z at the Isle of Wight Festival

Pink at the Isle of Wight Festival

              Rolling Stones at the Isle of Wight Festival

The dates for the 2014 festival have been released as Thursday 12th June to Sunday 15th June 2014.

See our travel information section for details on how to get to the festival island as well as accommodation and information on the host town of Newport.