9th – 12th June 2016, Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight.
The Isle of Wight Festival originally started in 1968 at Ford Farm near Godshill on the Isle of Wight Jefferson Airplane played and an approx 15,000 attended. The Festival moved sites to Wootton the following year, where Bob Dylan played his first paid performance since his motorbike accident 3 years earlier. On the line up was also The Who, who had recently returned from a US tour. There was 10 times as many people in attendance, making it a very successful and much larger scale event.
1970 is famously known due to not only the incredible line up but the fact that an estimated 600,000 people attended making it the largest music event of it’s time. Jimi Hendrix, Chicago, The Doors, Lighthouse, The Moody Blues, The Who, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Jethro Tull, Sly & the Family Stone, Emerson, Lake & Palmer all played. It was the last large scale music event on the Isle of Wight for 32 years as in 1971 the Parliament passed the “Isle of Wight Act” preventing gatherings of more than 5,000 people on the island without a special licence.
Things changed in 2002 when John Giddings seized the opportunity to start things up again. The one day festival named Rock Island saw
approx 8,000 people in attendance, but things really took a turn for the good in 2003 when access from Thursday – Monday was agreed to allow camping on the seaclose ground. It was 2003 that really re-launched the Isle of Wight Festival adopting the old name and ethics. Since then we’ve seen many of the greatest musicians play right in our back garden! Including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Paul Weller, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springstein, The Sex Pistols, Amy Winehouse, Kasabian, The Strokes, David Bowie, Foo Fighters & many more.
Starting in 2003 with one main stage the Isle of Wight Festivals has expanded year on year and now has over 13 stages! And it’s not just about the big act, the Isle of Wight festival supports local music, and with 100’s of local musicians playing it’s well worth stepping away from the main stage and seeing whats going on else where.
For more information on the Isle of Wight festival visit www.isleofwightfestival.com
2016 Ticket Info
Weekend Tickets – £195
Student Ticktets – £175
Teen Tickets – £145
Child Tickets – FREE
THERE ARE NO DAY TICKETS THIS YEAR.
LICENCED SELLERS. PLEASE DON’T BUY FROM ANYONE ELSE:
Ticketmaster (Select your ticket type and then choose Deposit Scheme to buy with a payment plan)
Viagogo – (International Customers)
The Price is Wight – (or with a Payment Plan)
Red Funnel (Ticket, travel, accommodation & free payment plan)
Festicket (Ticket & travel/accommodation packages)
Hover Travel (Ticket & travel/accommodation packages)
Big Green Coach (Ticket & Coach packages bringing you direct to the Festival gates)
(All ticket prices listed without booking fee)
A Weekend ticket allows you to camp at the Festival all weekend. The gates open at 12 noon on Thursday 9 June when the fun begins. There are showers, loos, bars and food concessions throughout the Campsite. A Camping ticket gives you unlimited re-entry to the Festival throughout the weekend. Once the weekend is over, you will need to leave the Campsite by 2pm on Monday 13 June.
You can buy a Student ticket if you hold a valid NUS or ISIC card (as at 9 June 2016). You will be required to produce your NUS or ISIC card on arrival at the Festival box office. A Student ticket allows you to camp if you want to. Please note if you are a Student between 16-17 (as at 9 June 2016) we suggest you buy a Teen ticket because this is cheaper.
We are pleased to offer Teen tickets this year to all teenagers aged between 13-17 years old (as at 9 June 2016). Teens must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over (there must be at least one adult per booking). A teen ticket allows you to camp if you want to. Please bring proof of age, as you may be required to show this when you enter the Festival.
Entry to the Festival is free for children aged 12 and under (as at 9 June 2016). If you want to order child tickets, please add these to your booking at the point of purchase. There is a maximum of 4 children per booking. Please be aware that all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is aged 18 or over. Please bring proof of age of your child, as you may be required to show this when you enter the Festival.
2016 Line Up
Sunday started like all the others with a Bailey’s Irish coffee, it wasn’t until 1 that I headed out to watch any bands, stumbling upon Pretty Vicious in the Big…
Saturday morning I was up and ready to see the music however with legs feeling weary I underestimated the walk to the Hey Joe bar missing The Bobbs (who are possibly…
Friday morning is possibly the strangest morning I’ve had at a festival discovering an injured pigeon behind the fencing. Rescue plans were put in place but the little bugger with the…
The Isle of Wight Festival started for me a day early on the Wednesday, after a mission of a car journey I arrived at the site. Staff we’re milling around…