isle of wight festival history

The original festivals

The original events were promoted and organised by the Foulk brothers (Ron, Ray and Bill Foulk) under the banner of their company Fiery Creations Limited. The venues were Ford Farm (near Godshill), Wootton and Afton Down (near Freshwater) respectively. The 1969 event was notable for the appearance of Bob Dylan and the Band. This was Dylan's first paid performance since his motor cycle accident some three years earlier, and was held at a time when many still wondered if he would ever perform again. Followers from across the world treked to the Isle of Wight for what seemed like a 'second coming'. Estimates of 150,000-250,000 attended. The 1969 festival opened on Friday 29 August - eleven days after the close of Woodstock. Dylan was living in Woodstock, New York, at the time and it was widely believed that he would perform there, after the event had been "put in his own backyard". As it happened, Dylan left for the Isle of Wight on 15 August the day the Woodstock festival began.

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, with estimates of over 600,000, surpassing the attendance at Woodstock. Included in the line-up of over fifty performers were The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, The Doors, Lighthouse, Ten Years After, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Joni Mitchell, The Moody Blues, Melanie, Donovan, Gilberto Gil, Free, Chicago, Richie Havens, John Sebastian, Leonard Cohen, Jethro Tull, Taste and Tiny Tim. The unexpectedly high attendance levels 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.

here's a brief summary of the line-ups since the festival started up again in 2002 after a 32 year break

2002

ROBERT PLANT, THE CHARLATANS, STARSAILOR, ASH, THE CORAL

2003

BRYAN ADAMS, PAUL WELLER, IGGY POP, COUNTING CROWS, THE DARKNESS

2004

STEREOPHONICS, THE WHO, DAVID BOWIE, SNOW PATROL, SUPER FURRY ANIMALS, THE MANIC STREET PREACHERS

2005

FAITHLESS, RAZORLIGHT, TRAVIS, R.E.M, SNOW PATROL, SUPERGRASS, THE MAGIC NUMBERS, FEEDER, ROXY MUSIC, IDLEWILD, EMBRACE

2006

THE PRODIGY, FOO FIGHTERS, COLDPLAY, EDITORS, MAXIMO PARK, PRIMAL SCREAM, THE KOOKS, GOLDFRAPP

2007

SNOW PATROL, MUSE, THE ROLLING STONES, AMY WINEHOUSE, ASH, GROOVE ARMADA, KASABIAN, KEANE, WOLFMOTHER

2008

KAISER CHIEFS, THE SEX PISTOLS, THE POLICE, IGGY & THE STOOGES, N*E*R*D, NEWTON FAULKNER, THE ZUTONS, THE ENEMY

2009

THE PRODIGY, STEREOPHONICS, RAZORLIGHT, NEIL YOUNG, BASEMENT JAXX, MAXIMO PARK, PENDULUM, SIMPLE MINDS

2010

JAY-Z, THE STROKES, PAUL MCCARTNEY, BIFFY CLYRO, BLONDIE, REEF, PALOMA FAITH, CALVIN HARRIS, THE COURTEENERS, VAMPIRE WEEKEND, SPANDAU BALLET, FLORENCE + THE MACHINE

2011

KINGS OF LEON, FOO FIGHTERS, KASABIAN, KAISER CHIEFS, BEADY EYE, PULP, PLAN B, IGGY & THE STOOGES, SEASICK STEVE, THE VACCINES, TOM JONES, THE SCRIPT, MANIC STREET PREACHERS

2012

TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS, PEARL JAM, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND, ELBOW, BIFFY CLYRO, NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS, THE VACCINES, EXAMPLE, TINIE TEMPAH, JESSIE J, MADNESS, PRIMAL SCREAM, LANA DEL REY, PROFESSOR GREEN, THE DARKNESS

2013

THE STONE ROSES, THE KILLERS, BON JOVI, PAUL WELLER, BLOC PARTY, THE SCRIPT, RIZZLE KICKS, SUB FOCUS, BLONDIE, EMILE SANDE, PALOMA FAITH, JAKE BUGG, BEN HOWARD, THE BOOMTOWN RATS, ELLIE GOULDING, BASTILLE, IMAGINE DRAGONS, I AM KLOOT, IMERIAL TEEN, FUN.