Well, we all know that the Isle of Wight is both beautiful and a place that people come back to year after year. However, one of the main draws for people are the many vibrant festivals that we have on the Island that happen throughout the warmer months.
I suspect that everyone has heard of The World Famous Isle of Wight Music Festival, but the Island plays host to a great selection of Festivals throughout the warmer months. There is a festival to suit everyone from all walks of life and we want to introduce you to what we have on offer for 2018.
The Isle of Wight Music Festival June 21st – 24th
This year sees the 50th Anniversary since the original festival took place on the Island. As a celebration, there is a great line-up planned which includes acts such as Depeche Mode, Kasabian, The Killers and Liam Gallagher. As well as the main stage there is the Big Top which also plays hosts to bands and singers.
The festival has a great “party” atmosphere and takes place at Seaclose Park on the outskirts of the Island’s County town of Newport. The park sits next to the River Medina and stretches along its’ banks allowing for a huge variety of attractions, traders and food outlets. There is also a large camping ground and Glamping areas for those wanting to enjoy the atmosphere 24 hours a day.
With many years of experience in putting on such an event, this festival is a very slick and well-managed event which has people coming back year after year. The showground is about a 15-minute walk from the town centre and there are excellent communications from the ferry terminals to the ground.
Based at Robin Hill Country Park on the outskirts of Newport, this year festival-goers will have the option to buy camping tickets, staying at the park full time. There are great facilities and lots of things to see and do and the park itself sits in a sheltered valley with lots of wildlife.
This festival has become extremely popular with families and is known for its’ friendly welcome.
Scouting for Girls, The Hoosiers, The Fratellis, and Toploader are among the first bands to be announced as headliners for Eklectica 2018. Scouting for Girls will headline Saturday night supported by The Hoosiers and The Fratellis will headline Sunday supported by Toploader. Friday night’s headliners are yet to be announced.
Now in its’ 6th incarnation, Jack Up the 80’s is a festival geared up to celebrate all the fantastic music of the 1980’s. Based at Smallbrook Stadium on the outskirts of Ryde, people of all ages come to enjoy this event, even those that weren’t born in that era.
This brilliant and entertaining festival helps raise money for Isle of Wight Charities and so far in excess of £20,000 has been raised for good causes.
The line-up this year includes Leo Sayer, Shalamar, Toyah, Carol Decker from T’pau, 5ive and Chesney Hawkes to name just a few. We are sure that you will have a great time – we are going, so get online and book your tickets.
This boutique style festival is moving this year from Los Altos Park to Sandown Airport, a much bigger and easily accessible location. The festival came about to help raise awareness of mental illness in young people and its’ great work continues in 2018 with a line up that includes Rob da Bank, Shaggy, Example, Razorlight and Fatman Scoop.
As with all of the festivals on the Isle of Wight, there is an excellent and family-friendly feel to the event. This coupled with exceptionally good value tickets starting from £40 for adults for the weekend is making Fairweather an up and coming event.
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