Isle of Wight Festival 2019
June 13 - June 16
In 2018 the Isle of Wight Festival, which started life as the Great South Coast Bank holiday Pop Festivity in 1968, celebrated is 50th anniversary with The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Depeche Mode and Kasabian.
“This year’s line-up brings together the best bands of the moment,” says the festival’s John Giddings. “This is a special year as it celebrates 50 years since the festival’s first incarnation so it’s fantastic to celebrate with returning artists and those appearing for the first time.”
The first festival was held at Hell Field, near Godshill, from August 31 to September 1, 1968, followed by the Wootton Festival with Bob Dylan the next year. In 1970, Jimi Hendrix rocked it at the Afton Festival.
To mark the 50th anniversary, organisers ask those who attended the 1968 event to share their experiences – from pulling pints for Marc Bolan and T-Rex to meeting your other half while flying with Jefferson Airplane – by emailing: [email protected]. All those whose stories are used as part of the celebrations will receive an award. As this is the Golden Jubilee of the Isle of Wight Festival, everyone attending on Saturday June 23 is asked to wear gold for a day.
The Isle of Wight Festival is just part of this year’s Festival Island campaign for 2018, which includes the Isle of Wight Walking Festival (May), UK Pride (July), Cowes Week and Ventnor Fringe (both August) and the Isle of Wight Literary Festival (October). So why not make 2018 a year to celebrate in the Isle of Wight?
The Isle of Wight Festival, Seaclose Park, Newport, June 21 to 24. Tickets from £65 for Friday and £75 for Saturday and Sunday. For more information, click here. For the latest information on all the festivals and tourism news on the Isle of Wight, please visit https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.