Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight Festival 2012Isle of Wight Festival takes place at Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Festival 2012 dates – 22nd to 24th June

Buy festival ticketsISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 2012 – LINE UP
Friday 22nd June

Noah & The Whale
Steve Hackett

Big Top Stage
Groove Armada presents Red Light, Enter Shikari, Kelis, Caro Emerald

Garden Stage
Crystal Castles, Penguin Prison, Best Coast, Dry The River

Saturday 23rd June

Biffy Clyro
Tinie Tempah
Jessie J
Big Country

Big Top Stage
Magnetic Man, Katy B, Professor Green, Wretch 32, Loick Essien, Clement Marfo & The Frontline, Stooshe

Garden Stage
The Charlatans, X, Terry Reid, Miles Kane, The Real D’Coy, New York Dolls, Roachford

Sunday 24th June

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
The Vaccines
Band Of Skulls
Joan Armatrading
Steve Hackett

Big Top Stage
The Darkness – headliner

Black Stone Cherry, Ash, Spector, Zulu Winter, The Milk, Switchfoot, Pulled Apart By Horses , The Virginmarys

Garden Stage

Christina Perri & Beth Hart, Fallulah

The History of the Isle of Wight Festival
The 1970 Isle of Wight Festival was held on 26 August – 31 August 1970. It was held on Afton Down an area on the Western side of the Isle of Wight. It was the last of three consecutive music festivals to take place on the island between 1968 and 1970. It was widely acknowledged as the largest musical event of its time (until Summer Jam at Watkins Glen in 1973), greater than the attendance of Live Aid, Woodstock and Rock in Rio. The Guinness Book of Records estimated 600,000 to 700,000, and possibly 800,000 people attended.

The Isle of Wight Festivals had already attracted a massive reputation in 1968 and in 1969 by attracting acts such as Jefferson Airplane, T. Rex, The Move, Pretty Things, Joe Cocker and Bob Dylan (in his first performance since his 1966 motorcycle accident) and The Who in their foundation years. The organisers Fiery Creations (apparently alias brothers Ronald Foulk and Raymond Foulk) were determined to make the 1970 event a legendary event. In this aim they enlisted Jimi Hendrix. With Jimi confirmed, artists such as Chicago, The Doors, The Who, Joan Baez, and Free willingly took up the chance to play on the island. The event had a magnificent but impractical site, a strong but inconsistent line up and the logistical nightmare of transporting 600,000 onto an island with a population of less than 100,000. The aftermath and commercial failings of the festival ensured it would be the last event of its kind on the Isle of Wight for thirty-two years.

Isle of Wight Festival 2011 – Line Up
Kings of Leon, Pulp, Foo Fighters, Kasabian, Tom Jones, The Script, Plan B, Pixie Lott, James Walsh, Jeff Beck, Manic Street Preachers, Public Image Ltd, Cast, Hadouken!, Nick Lowe, Brother, Two Door Cinema Club, Beady Eye, Iggy And The Stooges, Seasick Steve, Hurts, Stornoway, Lissie, Wild Beasts, The Vaccines, Semi Precious Weapons, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Boy George, Tinie Tempah, Alexandra Burke, Eliza Doolittle, Imelda May, Diana Vickers, Parade, Laura Steel, Boy George, The Courteeners, Band of Horses, We Are Scientists, ABC, Mike & The Mechanics, Big Country, The Cult, Mona, Tim Burgess & Mark Collins from The Charlatans – Acoustic Set, Andrea Corr, Ian Brodie, Tom McRae, Roachford, Yellowire, Ben Montague, James Walsh, It’s A Beautiful Day, Julie Felix, Scarlette Fever, Pronghorn, Joe Janiak, Bethia Beadman, Soul Circus, The Scarletz, Stereo Son, Bibelots, Charley Macaulay, Will and the People, The Bonfires, The Arcadian Kicks, Truly Violet


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