Dig out your psychedelic clothing…the 2019 Isle of Wight Festival is turning the Island’s clocks back 50 years, to the sizzling “Summer of 69”.
Doffing its colourful suede cap to the likes of Bob Dylan and The Who, the Festival plans to celebrate the iconic 1969 event by encouraging the Summer of 19 audience to embrace its Peace and Love theme between June 13 and 16.
Musical and themed areas across the entire site will help festival-goers celebrate the past while looking forward to the future – with the 2019 line-up featuring musical legends and exciting new artists including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Fatboy Slim, Rick Astley, George Ezra, Sigrid, Jess Glynne and Tom Walker.
Simply Dylan, one of the UK’s premier Bob Dylan tributes, will take to the Big Top stage on the Thursday to celebrate the songwriter’s back catalogue. And on the Saturday, those dressed in their 60s-best should gather in Strawberry Fields at 2pm, where one lucky person will be crowned the “King or Queen of Summer”. The winner will receive an exclusive backstage tour and champagne picnic.
Britain’s favourite music festival took root on the Isle of Wight in 1968 when The Great South Coast Bankholiday Pop Festivity took place on August 31 and September 1 at Hell Field, Ford Farm, near Godshill; and was followed in 1969 by the Wootton Festival with Bob Dylan, and in 1970 at the Afton Festival with Jimi Hendrix.
The Isle of Wight Festival takes place at Seaclose Park, in Newport.
VIP Festival exclusive glamping options are on sale in the Harvest Moon Boutique Village. But the Island as a whole also offers a vast range of accommodation, which can be found here.
Ticket prices to the Isle of Wight Festival for 2019 are (Weekend with/without camping) Standard £175, Islander £145, Student £160, Teen (13-17) £155, Child Under 12 Free; and (Day tickets) Friday £60 and Saturday/Sunday £70.
Disabled Access tickets must be purchased from Ticketmaster. Details on how to book can be found here.
Fans can keep up to date with the festival by using the hashtag #IOW50 on Twitter and Instagram, or via the website http://isleofwightfestival.com.
In addition to the Isle of Wight Festival, the Island will also be the venue in 2019 for the Isle of Wight Walking Festival (May 4-9), Isle of Wight Gothic Circus (May 24-27), new Sky High at Robin Hill (May 27-30), Ventnor Fringe (July 23-28), new Dick & Dom The Great Wonderfest (August 1-4), Lendy Cowes Week (August 10-17), The Wight Proms (August 29 to September 1), Isle of Wight Literary Festival (October 11-14), Festival of Light (September 27 to November 3), and Island carnivals held throughout the year.
For all the latest updates from the Isle of Wight, visit https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.