When it comes to British festivals, there aren’t many quite as iconic as Isle of Wight. The seaside bash first earned notoriety in its early years when over 600,000 punters flocked to the isle to witness Jimi Hendrix’s last ever gig. Since then, the festival has gone on to cement its status as a global heavyweight – welcoming the biggest names in music and hordes of devoted fans.
This year’s event, taking place from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th June, sees the legendary festival celebrate its 50th birthday! If you’re not already circling the date in your diaries, then here’s why you’d be crazy to miss this coast side weekender.
It’s the perfect way to start your summer
Isle of Wight officially kicks off the whole festival season in the UK – and they do it in style (as you’ll discover below). The island also has a reputation as the sunniest place in the UK, thanks to its very own micro-climate. So, as you’re basking in the glorious weather, while making the short ferry journey across the Solent, it’ll feel like you’re going on holiday. Just don’t forget to pack sun cream and shades!
It’s their 50th birthday
This year’s proceedings will be one big birthday bash, as the iconic festival celebrates its 50th anniversary. In honour of their Golden Jubilee, all attendees are invited to drape themselves in gold attire for a sparkling weekend of glitter-filled festivities. They’ve also enlisted a swarm of huge acts to bring the birthday vibes, including headline performances from Kasabian, Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher and The Killers.
Pop till you drop
Talking of superstar names, this year’s eclectic bill includes a generous serving of chart-bothering pop stars. So, if a sweaty mosh pit is just not your scene, then you can sing your heart out to number one hits from the likes of Camila Cabello, The Script and Rita Ora. To check out the all the artists playing at the hallowed festival, click here.
There’s more than just music
We could harp on about the festival’s ridiculously good line-up for days, but Isle of Wight is so much more than that. Spend a little time exploring the grounds and you’ll quickly discover tons of super fun entertainment and activities. Our favourite area, Cirque De La Quirk, promises a feast of the senses, with cabaret, body painting and even the odd dance off. The festival’s Field of Dreams will also be screening World Cup matches, including England’s final group fixture against Panama.
Love festivals, but unsure whether it’s a suitable place to take the kids? Worry not, because Isle of Wight has been crowned Family Festival of the Year two years on the trot. The brilliant Kidzone offers craft lessons and acts involving comedy, magic and so much more. There’s also family-friendly camping and glamping options, providing a secure area where families with young children can enjoy a quieter and more relaxed experience. Best of all, kids under the age of 12 go free!
Isle of Wight Festival 2018 takes place from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th June. To find out more and buy tickets, visit isleofwightfestival.com.