If you're heading to the Isle of Wight Festival this year then dig out your blouses and bell-bottoms because you'll be going back to 1969!
This year's festival promises to offer you the experience of the Summer of ‘69 - Peace and Love. The festival is throwing it back 50 years to the iconic 1969 event, which was written into the history books thanks to headline performances from Bob Dylan and The Who, and a guest-list resembling a who’s who of music, including John Lennon, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Elton John and more.
Musical tributes to Dylan and themed areas across the site will ensure festival-goers are able to celebrate the past and look to the future, with the 2019 line-up featuring musical icons and exciting new artists including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro and special guests Fatboy Slim, plus Lily Allen, Jess Glynne, Madness, Sigrid, Sam Fender, Tom Walker, Garbage, Richard Ashcroft, Bastille, Anne-Marie and IDLES.
1969 was filled with iconic popular culture moments including Neil Armstrong uttering those famous words as he became the first man to step foot on the moon; John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Bed-In For Peace”; and the release of The Beatles’ Abbey Road. Some ideas for your festival costumes maybe?
On Saturday 15th June those dressed in their 60s-best should gather at 2.00pm in Strawberry Fields, where one lucky person will be crowned the “King or Queen of Summer”. The winner will receive an exclusive backstage tour and champagne picnic.
Simply Dylan, one of the UK’s premier Bob Dylan tributes, will take to the Big Top stage on Thursday 13th to celebrate the prodigious songwriter’s back catalogue.
The Isle of Wight Festival takes place 13th - 16th June at Seaclose Park, Newport. Last year fans celebrated the 50th Anniversary of The Isle of Wight Festival. The first festivals in 1968, 1969 and 1970 put the event on the map for its world renowned, iconic performances from artists such as The Doors, The Who and Jimi Hendrix. The event was successfully relaunched in 2002 to become the first major festival in the UK calendar, and one of the most exciting weekends of the summer. It continues to build on its proud heritage and has featured show-stopping headliners such as David Bowie, Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, Coldplay and Fleetwood Mac since its reincarnation in 2002.
For more information and tickets, visit https://www.festivalparadise.com/isle-of-wight-festival