Beginning life way back in 1968, the Isle of Wight festival gained significant notoriety as in 1970, after record breaking attendance, Parliament passed a law entitled the Isle of Wight Act, which banned events of over 5000 in attendance to be held on the Island. Thankfully, in 2002, the festival was revived, and has continued to expand with each passing year, and gain more fans as it goes.
The Isle of Wight festival has attracted such world beating acts as The Rolling Stones, Muse, Robert Plant, David Bowie, The Who, R.E.M, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, and Coldplay to name just a few. In fact, Isle of Wight has gained a reputation for the stellar lineup it constantly attracts, and the electric atmosphere it breeds.
With its headliners proving to be more diverse with each year, with previous including the likes of Labrinth and Katy B, the festival has been drawing in an ever growing demographic of fans, all maintaining the welcoming attitude that permeates the Newport venue. Isle of Wight is now well and truly established as one of the big festivals of the year.
Lewis Capaldi / Lionel Richie / Nile Rodgers & Chic
Kasabian / Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics / Blossoms
Rudiemental / Tom Grennan
Sigrid / Craig David presents TS5 / The Vaccines / Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott / Shaggy / Happy Mondays / Mavis Staples / UB40 ft Ali Campbell & Astro / The Proclaimers / The Coral / Sea Girls
Plus many more to still be announced...
Isle of Wight festival information & FAQs
How much are tickets?
Weekend camping tickets - Adult £195, Student £175, Teens £170, Islander £145, Children £7.50, 4 and under go free.
Fri/Sat/Sun Day Tickets - £75.
Are payment plans available?
Yes, payment plans are available for this event.
Disabled Access Information
Access customers are welcome at cinch presents the Isle of Wight Festival and our staff will be on hand to assist you during the weekend. Please be aware that the Festival is on a greenfield site and some areas will be hard to negotiate particularly in poor weather conditions.
Please note for the 2022 Festival Access customers should buy standard tickets.
Once you have purchased your ticket/s please apply for a free carer ticket and the accessible add-ons you require (accessible camping, accessible campervan permits, viewing platform access, accessible parking for non-campers) - fill in this simple online form*.
Once you have completed the application form you will need to send your proof of disability and your purchase confirmation email to IOWDisabled@solo.uk.com.
Customers who need to purchase an Accessible Child ticket and apply for a free carer ticket should fill in the online form* and send proof of disability to IOWDisabled@solo.uk.com.
Please note that our disabled access facilities cannot cater to people with temporary impairments such as broken bones or recent injuries and pregnant women. The facilities are for the specific use of access customers and we kindly ask that you respect this. Smoke machines, strobe lights, fireworks and other effects may be in use at this event.
*Please note that the accessible add-ons are allocated at the discretion of the accessible team and you may not be successful with every add-on requested. Capacity for all the available add-ons is limited. Being a blue badge holder does not automatically qualify you for accessible parking at Gate A6.
Travelling to/from the festival
Wightlink: Foot Passenger Catamaran from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier in less than 20 minutes. If you are coming to the Festival by train this is the best route as the ferry departs from Portsmouth Harbour train station.
Red Funnel Red Jet: The Red Jet hi-speed foot passenger service runs every 30 mins throughout the day from Southampton to West Cowes.
Hovertravel: You can reach the Isle of Wight in less than 10 mins! Departing from Southsea seafront the Hovercraft takes you right up to the seafront in Ryde. If you are travelling by train please leave the train at the Portsmouth and Southsea station and use the connecting shuttle service for £1.30 per person.
Festival buses are available on arrival to take you to the Festival site. £6 per person.
Wightlink: Wightlink offer two car routes.
Portsmouth to Fishbourne (approx 45 minutes) Lymington to Yarmouth (approx 40 minutes)
Red Funnel: Southampton to East Cowes
Please note: Customers travelling with a vehicle are requested to arrive at least 30 minutes and not more than 60 minutes prior to their booked sailing time.
Simply jump on board one of the Big Green Coach Company executive coaches direct to the Festival site. All coaches arrive on the Thursday (London Victoria has an additional Friday service) and all return home on the Monday.
Picking up from: Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London (Croydon), London (Richmond upon Thames), London (Victoria), Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading and Sheffield.
Map of Hotels near festival site
Click the map to open a fully interactive map of all nearby hotels. Please check location and dates before booking.
The history of Isle of Wight festival
It was originally held from 1968 to 1970, the venues being Ford Farm (near Godshill), Wootton and Afton Down (near Freshwater) respectively. The 1970 event was by far the largest and most famous of these early festivals; indeed it was said at the time to be one of the largest human gatherings in the world, surpassing the attendance at Woodstock.
Included in the line-up of over fifty performers were The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, The Doors, Ten Years After, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Joni Mitchell, The Moody Blues, Melanie, Donovan, Free, Chicago, Richie Havens, John Sebastian, Leonard Cohen, Jethro Tull, Taste and Tiny Tim. The unexpectedly high attendance levels meant that local authorities and the festival organizers could not supply adequate amenities and guarantee public safety for all in attendance. Such concerns led, in 1971, to Parliament passing the "Isle of Wight Act" preventing gatherings of more than 5,000 people on the island without a special licence.
The 1970 festival was filmed by a professional film crew directed by Murray Lerner, but the footage wasn't released until 2003 when a television documentary was made. A DVD was released in 2005 entitled "A Message to Love: The Isle of wight Rock Festival 1970." The event was revived in 2002 at Seaclose Park, a recreation ground on the outskirts of Newport. It has been held annually since that year, progressively extending itself northwards beyond Seaclose Park along the fields of the eastern Medina valley. Many notable artists have performed since its revival including The Rolling Stones, Muse, Donovan, Ray Davies, Robert Plant, David Bowie, Manic Street Preachers, The Who, R.E.M., Coldplay, The Proclaimers, Bryan Adams and The Police. It was sponsored by Nokia from 2004 to 2006. The promoters of the event now are Solo Music Agency and promotions. Apart from being held somewhere on the Isle of Wight, and featuring the now customary artwork of Dave Roe, there is no connection with the festivals of 1968 and 1970.
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