One of the first major music festivals of the year, ahead of Reading and Glastonbury the Isle of Wight Festival attracts global artists and music lovers alike. The history of the festival started back in 1970, featuring legendary performances by Jimi Hendrix, the Who and the Doors in front of a staggering 600,000 audience.
Having re-launched in 2002 with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, recent years have seen Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and the Rolling Stones all headline the event. If you’re not one for the big names then plenty of up and coming acts play elsewhere, or there’s other entertainment on site too.
It’s also one that artists find unique to travel to from the mainland, with David Bowie having been spotted on the Isle of Wight Ferry rather than flying in by private helicopter.
Nearest airport to the Isle of Wight is Southampton, however London Heathrow and Gatwick are only half an hour away from ferry terminals. Ticket prices are £195 for the weekend, students £175, teens £145 and children under 12 go free. If you’re hiring a car for your trip, parking is available for £15.
Ensure you check the line-up in advance and plan your weekend as to not miss any of your favorite acts. Don’t want to pay for your ticket all in one go? The festival offer payment plans. If you’re travelling from outside Newport look into the various travel packages to make your journey even easier.
If you are planning to visit the Isle of Wight, there are wide selection of houses and apartments to rent near the festival. So whether you are looking to rent directly in Newport, or travel from elsewhere on the Isle of Wight, public transport and shuttle busses make it easy to arrive at the Isle of Wight Festival. Check out our accommodation in the Isle of Wight.
If you’re looking to stay in Newport, entertain the family at Robin Hill Country Park or travel to Blackgang Chine. With everything on the island in easy distance, explore the beautiful coastlines including the iconic Needles, or the seaside resort of Shanklin. There’s the Isle of Wight zoo or plenty of entertainment in Ryde which is a short trip away from historic Portsmouth.
For more information about Isle of Wight Festival including: line-up and tickets, the areas and stages, news or upgrading your package, wristband exchange or the history of the Isle of Wight festival and more visit the official site here.
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