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Quick Guide to the Isle of Wight Festival

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Isle of Wight Festival is one of the most iconic and historic music events in the world that is steeped in history and acclaimed for featuring legendary artists with the biggest up and coming acts in pop, rock and dance. Touted as the UK’s very own edition of Woodstock, this festival attracts millions of free-spirited music lovers from across the world.

Isle of Wight Fest 2014(photo by: David Jones)

Began in 1968, the festival is renowned for shows performed by the The Who, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. It was then considered as a counter-culture event as it saw almost an unexpected 600,000 music fanatics and hippies thronging the island. Soon, it was banned by the local council to prevent anything similar of this scale happening on this beautiful Island. However, it was revived again in 2002 and has become one of the hottest music events in the country.

Set in a stunning location of Newport town, Isle of Wight Festival takes places every year in the summer. This year the festival is scheduled from 12th-14th of June, offering three days non-stop entertainment and fun in the UK. Some of the headline acts that deserve a mention are Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Specials, Calvin Harris, Kings of Leon and Suede.

Whether you are travelling by car, train or plane, you need to book your ferry to the island via one of the following three operators: Red Funnel, Wightlink and HoverTravel. If you are travelling by car, you need to get to the confirmed boarding terminal to reach the island. For air travellers, Heathrow and Gatwick are the nearest airports. However, you will have to get a train either to Portsmouth Harbour or Southampton Central to catch a ferry to the island.

From the ferry terminals in Isle of Wight, you will find shuttle buses that will take you to the festival grounds. In case you are not camping, you can get down at the Newport bus station and reach your accommodation in the town. Remarkably, there are plenty of Newport hotels, inviting you to enjoy a cosy stay close by the festival venue. So, what are your plans for the event?

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  1. Jim W says:
    June 3rd, 2014 at 11:03

    Plenty of Hotels in Newport. As long as you book at least 9 months ahead, and want to be ripped off. I’m all for the local businesses making a few quid, but the prices are in some places tripled. Taxis and buses are also shocking.


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