Formerly endowed as a celebration of counterculture in the late 1960s, the award-winning Isle of Wight Festival is famous for kicking off the UK’s summer of significant music events in style. With a mix of legendary music icons and hot up and coming support acts, its lineup never disappoints — and the vast range of rides, refreshments, and other diverse entertainment on offer, keep visitors entertained at all hours! Whether you are camping, glamping, or just popping in for the day, there is no better way to start your summer.


The Isle of Wight Festival was the prime and the biggest festival of counter-cultural rock’n’roll revolution. It started with a variety of occasions between 1970 and 1968, resulting in IOW Festival being recognized as the British Woodstock.

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Line ups in 1970 involved Jimi Hendrix (a big-sized sculpture of who can be seen at Dimbola Lodge facing Freshwater Bay), The Joni Mitchell, Who, Leonard Cohen, Procul Harum, The Doors, Supertramp, and a lot more. More than 600,000 people visited for that which was Jimi Hendrix’s last performance in the UK.

Though, with the Isle ground to a halt by a rock’n’roll intrusion, it had been too much to bear for many, including people in authority.

The IOW festival stop after 1970 following the beginning of the Isle of Wight County Act, limiting late-night open-air gatherings of over 5,000 individuals occurring without certain conditions being met to the approval of the local authority.

This was until 2002 when IOW festival was brought back and music producer John Giddings now runs it. The revamped event has been a significant success, hosting acts like Biffy Clyro, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Amy Winehouse, David Bowie, Coldplay, Kasabian, Pearl Jam, Rod Stewart, The Sex Pistols, Blondie, and Kings Of Leon, among others.

This year ensures to sustain the historical tradition of incredible performances, pleasant atmosphere and encouraging musical superiority. With some of the greatest acts around and an atmosphere second to none, book now to become part of the history.

IOW Festival 2019

When was the Isle Of Wight Festival?

The event hit off June 13 and closed on Sunday (June 16) – and this year the festival ensured another unforgettable weekend for guests.

The festival was held in Seaclose Park, Newport, where a host of artists took to the stage.

The lineup of this year was brimming with talent, including Biffy Clyro and Noel Gallagher.

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Who is at the Isle of Wight Festival lineup?

The headliners were Biffy, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Clyro and George Ezra, with special guest Fatboy Slim.

Other artists who headline were Wet Wet Wet, Garbage, Hacienda Classical, and Keane.

A range of pop acts was also performing, such as Jess Glynne, Anne-Marie, and Lily Allen.

How Do You Reach To The Isle of Wight Festival?

All festival-goers needed to go to one of the four mainland ferry gates at Portsmouth, Southampton, Southsea or Lymington.

After a short crossing, they will have reached on the Island with directions to the Isle of Wight Festival site.  Excellent rail and road links serve the ferry ports.  Buses were supposed to have been accessible from the harbor to the site.

Were there places to stay if I did not want to camp in the Isle of Wight Festival? Will kids need to be accompanied by an adult?

There is a variety of inns, hotels, bed & breakfasts and self-catering options in Newport.

The Isle of Wight Festival site has some ideas for where to stay or check out, Expedia, Holiday Lettings, Trivago, or Airbnb to find out what’s available. Teens must come with a person aged 18 years or above (one adult can accompany five teens), while kids are allowed with a guardian or parent aged 18 or over.

All attending people are advised to bring proof of age, official ID.

IOW Festival 2020

The IOW Festival is a multi-award winning, a world-famous festival that regularly draws on tens of thousands of revelers. It has been call “Best Major Festival,” “Best Family Festival,” and “Best Event,” while acts frequently receive plaudits and awards for their performances.

The fantastic reputation and heritage of the Isle Festival ensure that it is ready to draw the very best and most iconic performances. Every year from all around the planet. About 72,000 people crowded to Seaclose Park in 2018 to the stellar lineup.

In 2020 the Isle will yet again be welcoming several amazing acts.  The festival will start on Thursday, 11 to Sunday, 14 June 2020. Festival tickets are available to purchase now from the official festival website.

Traveling to the event is made easy by a quick ferry trip from the mainland with Wightlink. When you arrive on the Island, the festival has signpost for drivers, while coach firms like Southern Vectis and Big Green Coach provide direct port-to-Festival transport.

The Island opens its doors and offers accommodation of all kinds to suit every budget and taste. For people who desire to stay near to the action, the Isle of Wight Festival itself gives tons of camping opportunities, which range from the conventional ‘pitch-your-own-tent’ to boutique glamping while nearby towns and villages have a great selection of B&Bs and hotels if you value a good night’s sleep.

The Isle of Wight Festival will go out to make it more memorable than ever. Beyond the primary stage, there’ll be lots of alternative sections providing multiple fun events — from a special ‘Kidzone’ for kids. Somewhat more adult ‘Cirque du Quirk.’ Thus, if you wish to give your ears a small break, but do not want to miss the fun, the IOW festival has you embraced.

Get To The Festival Site By Foot

If you are traveling by coach or train from anywhere in the country, head for Portsmouth Harbour station. Jump into the coach or train and it’s just several steps to our FastCat port. From where we’ll take you over to Ryde in only 20 minutes.

Foot travelers are welcome to utilize our Portsmouth and Lymington car ferry services. So pick the way that’s best for you.

Get to The Festival Site

There are bus stations near Ryde and Yarmouth Pier Head ports, and an excellent service runs to the Festival location.

In Yarmouth, the bus station is on Bridge Road, a 5-minutes walk-distance from the gate. In Ryde, buses run from the Esplanade — arrived by either walking down the pier or taking a short train ride.

The closest bus stop to Fishbourne Car Ferry port is at the end of Fishbourne Lane. At a walking distance of 10-15 minutes. Special buses to the Festival site run regularly from here.

You will find taxi ranks at Yarmouth and Ryde Esplanade.

Get To The IOW Festival By Your Car

Bringing your vehicles? Our Portsmouth Car Ferry Terminal is readily available from the UK motorway network. Our comfortable ferry will get you around to Fishbourne in only 45 minutes.

If you are arriving from the West, you may observe that our Lymington to Yarmouth car ferry will be well-suited. Once more, it’s simple to get to, and since it is the quickest car ferry crossing to the Island, you will be very quick in the Festival site.

How To Get To The Festival Site

When you’ve disembarked the ferry, follow the signs to the Festival car park from the Ferry Terminals. It is that easy!