The Isle of Wight Festival Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

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The Isle of Wight Festival 2018 celebrates its 50th-anniversary this year from June 21 to 24 at Seaclose Park in Newport, UK.

It’s widely known that The Isle of Wight Festival is the first major festival in the UK summer calendar every year. The festival began as a series of Festivals between 1968 and 1970, widely acknowledged as Europe’s equivalent of Woodstock. In 1970, a line up over 5 days included (amongst others) Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Supertramp, Leonard Cohen, Joan Baez, Chicago, Procol Harum and played to over 600,000 people.

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There was no Isle of Wight Festival between 1970 and 2002 – when John Giddings, an established music promoter, seized the opportunity to re-launch it. John still curates every part of the Festival enjoyed today.

Since 2002, The Isle of Wight Festival stages have hosted The Rolling Stones, The Who, David Bowie, Muse, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Kasabian, Amy Winehouse, Kings of Leon, Jay-Z, The Strokes, Coldplay, The Sex Pistols, Fleetwood Mac, The Police, Blondie and Biffy Clyro. Located just 2 hours from London door to door, yet across the water on a small island, the event provides a feeling of escapism that other festivals struggle to achieve. Like life, music constantly evolves and changes, and so does the Isle of Wight Festival. Geared for real music lovers of all ages this year you’ll find a plethora of opportunities from teen tickets and family-friendly areas to a raft of accommodation options for non-campers with VIP services for those who want to do a Festival, but not in the traditional way. For more information and tickets visit