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Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight Festival
Isle Of Wight Festival
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." [1] A number of the performances by individual bands have also been released. 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 1968–1970.

The stage under construction for the 2007 festival

Location Years active Date(s) Genre Website

England, Seaclose Park 1968-1970 / 2002-Present At the beginning of June Rock, Alternative rock

The Isle of Wight Festival is a music festival which takes place annually on the Isle of Wight, England. 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 (mostly non-tickets holders - tickets for the four days cost £3) 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

Original Festival details
1968 "Isle of Wight Festival"
Held 31 August 1968. Attendance - 10,000 (approx) Site - Ford farm, near Godshill. Headline Acts - Jefferson Airplane Other Acts - Arthur Brown, The Move, T. Rex, Plastic Penny and Pretty Things.

1969 Isle of Wight Festival
This took place on 30 and 31 August 1969 at Wootton, with an estimated attendance of 150,000.

1970 Isle of Wight Festival
This event was held between 26 and 30 August 1970 at Afton Down; attendance has been estimated at roughly 600,000. Arguably the best-remembered of the early versions of


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the IOW festivals, due to its lineup, attendance and news coverage.

Isle of Wight Festival

2007 "The Isle of Wight Festival"
Held 8 June - 10 June 2007 Attendance 65,000 (approx) Headline Acts (Friday) - Snow Patrol, Groove Armada Headline Acts (Saturday) - Muse, Kasabian Headline Acts (Sunday) - The Rolling Stones, Keane

Revived Festival Details
2002 "Rock Island"
Held 1 June 2002 Attendance - 8,000 (approx) Headline Acts (Saturday) - The Charlatans, Robert Plant

2003 "The Isle of Wight Festival"
Held 14 June - 15 June 2003 Attendance - 15,000 (approx) Headline Acts (Saturday) - Paul Weller, Starsailor Headline Acts (Sunday) - Bryan Adams, Counting Crows

2008 "The Isle of Wight Festival"
Date 13 June - 15 June Attendance 70,000 (approx) Headline Acts (Friday) - Kaiser Chiefs, NERD Headline Acts (Saturday) - The Sex Pistols, Ian Brown Headline Acts (Sunday) - The Police, The Kooks

2004 "The Nokia Isle of Wight Festival"
Held 11 June - 13 June 2004 Attendance - 35,000 (approx) Headline Acts (Friday) - Stereophonics, Groove Armada Headline Acts (Saturday) - The Who, Manic Street Preachers Headline Acts (Sunday) - David Bowie, The Charlatans

2009 "The Isle of Wight Festival"
Date 12 June - 14 June Headline Acts (Friday) - The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Pendulum, The Ting Tings Headline Act (Saturday) - Stereophonics, Razorlight, Maximo Park Headline Act (Sunday) - Neil Young, Pixies, Simple Minds

2005 "The Nokia Isle of Wight Festival"
Held 10 June - 12 June 2005 Attendance - 50,000 (approx) Headline Acts (Friday) - Faithless, Razorlight Headline Acts (Saturday) - Travis, Roxy Music Headline Acts (Sunday) - R.E.M., Snow Patrol

On the 6 November 2007, the Isle of Wight Festival won the award ’Best Major Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards. The performances by Muse and The Rolling Stones at the last festival were a major influence. As well as this, the event’s top man, John Giddings, won the award for ’Outstanding Contribution’ to UK festivals. He was presented the award at the UK Festival Awards at London’s Koko Club in Camden, after Virtual Festivals, which curate the awards, selected him as the most deserving recipient.[2]

2006 "The Nokia Isle of Wight Festival"
Held 9 June - 11 June 2006 Attendance - 60,000 (approx) Headline Acts (Friday) - The Prodigy, Placebo Headline Acts (Saturday) - Foo Fighters, Primal Scream Headline Acts (Sunday) - Coldplay, Richard Ashcroft

See also
• List of music festivals in the United Kingdom


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Isle of Wight Festival

[1] accessed 2008-06-17 [2] Top Awards for Island Festivals

External links
• Isle of Wight Festival • Isle of Wight County Press gallery of Festival pictures • Isle of Wight Festival 2007 Official MySpace • Information on the Original IOW Festivals

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