Jack up the 80s is situated at the Smallbrook Stadium, Ryde, and features a wide range of popular chart acts.' 

This incredible feel-good event is fast making a name for itself as the most fun festival on the South Coast! Here’s why: 

Fun for all the family

Jack Up The 80s offers a safe enclosed environment for families. It’s smaller than your average festival, meaning there are no crowds, queues or pushing. Everyone is there to have a good time, it’s that simple! 

The event caters for families of all sizes and best of all kids aged 12 and under go FREE! This year there will be a huge kid’s marquee with salt dough models and pebble painting, storytelling, pottery painting, sand pit and outdoor games. The Chill Out field will play host to traditional amusements and inflatables as well as the return of the Festival petting zoo. Come and say hello to Max the miniature donkey plus a variety of friendly farm animals. 

Dogs are seen as a part of the family and are made welcome. 


With tickets starting at just £38 for a day, Jack Up The 80s offers extraordinary value for money and is Britain’s most reasonably priced greatest hits festival. 

New for 2017 is a Friday Night Opening Party with Number One tribute band Abba Chique. Steve Power from Wave 105 will be spinning the disco decks and the evening also includes an exclusive appearance by global hit makers The Cheeky Girls! Warm up event tickets are just £10. 

With the Jack Up The 80s Beat the Clock admission system, the earlier you buy the greater the saving – there are big discounts to be had on the price of a weekend ticket; hurry to avoid disappointment!  

Household names 

Jack Up The 80s offers a first-class weekend of musical entertainment and this year’s line-up is bigger than ever! Artists include Aussie heart-throb Jason Donovan, Soul sensation Alexander O’Neal, singer songwriter Nik Kershaw as well as 1981 Eurovision winners Bucks Fizz, From The Jam, The Real Thing and more.  

Special guests from the noughties, S Club, will be bringing their party to the event with radio DJ and 80s Top of the Pops presenter Pat Sharp on hand to add some extra sparkle. 

The event is a celebration of up, happy tunes and great party vibes – an opportunity for festival-goers to indulge in their youth via the ultimate guilty pleasures mega mix experience! 

Charity fundraising 

For the past two consecutive years, the festival has raised nearly £20,000 for a range of charities and local good causes with organisations such as the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Breast Cancer Research UK, Oxfam, Wight Crystal Water and IW Scouts all benefitting.  

Wheher it be via the provision of market stall pitches or by direct donation, it is one of the core objectives of Jack Up The 80s to give something back to the local community within which it is held. 

Meet & greet  

Another of the unique features of Jack Up The 80s is the opportunity to meet some of the artists and get a selfie with them! There is a dedicated ‘Meet the Stars’ area to the side of the stage and although artists are not contractually obliged to, the majority are happy to sign autographs and meet with fans for no additional cost, helping to make this one of the most memorable weekends of the Summer season. 

Get your tickets

Event tickets can be purchased by visiting jackupthe80s.co.uk. Tickets are also available at a number of outlets around the Isle of Wight. 

Special travel packages from the mainland are available from Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel

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