It’s widely known that The Isle of Wight Festival is the first major festival in the UK summer calendar every year. But the Festival’s heritage reaches back over an extraordinary 45 years, is incredibly rich and varied and some facts are better known than others.

Here, we share some of our favourites with you …

The Isle of Wight Festival began with a series of Festivals between 1968 and 1970, widely acknowledged as Europe’s equivalent of Woodstock.

In 1970, a line up over 5 days included (amongst others) Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Supertramp, Leonard Cohen, Joan Baez, Chicago, Procol Harum and played to over 600,000 people.

There was no Isle of Wight Festival between 1970 and 2002 – when John Giddings, an established music promoter, seized the opportunity to re-launch it. John still curates every part of the Festival we enjoy today.

Since 2002, The Isle of Wight Festival stages have hosted The Rolling Stones, The Who, David Bowie, Muse, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Kasabian, Amy Winehouse, Kings of Leon, Jay-Z, The Strokes, Coldplay, The Sex Pistols, The Police, Blondie and Biffy Clyro.

It is artists like this that help influence the artists of the future – indeed it is rumoured that it was the Kings of Leon’s resounding endorsement of the Festival, its location and heritage, that encouraged Fleetwood Mac to make their appearance this year.

The Isle of Wight itself enjoys a micro climate. Our location, just 2 hours from London door to door, yet across the water, provides a feeling of escapism that others struggle to achieve.

Real music is our heritage and one we’re constantly building on. Like life, music constantly evolves and changes, and so do we. We’re a Festival for real music lovers of all ages and that’s why this year you’ll find and teen tickets and family-friendly areas as well as a raft of accommodation options for the non-campers and VIP services for those who want to do a Festival, but not in the traditional way.

2014

Biffy Clyro
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Kings of Leon

Calvin Harris, The Specials, Suede, Fall Out Boy, Katy B, Travis, Rudimental, Tom Odell, The 1975, Passenger, Clean Bandit, John Newman, Boy George

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

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

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

2010

JAY-Z
THE STROKES
PAUL MCCARTNEY

BIFFY CLYRO, BLONDIE, REEF, PALOMA FAITH, CALVIN HARRIS, THE COURTEENERS, VAMPIRE WEEKEND, SPANDAU BALLET, FLORENCE + THE MACHINE

2009

THE PRODIGY
STEREOPHONICS
NEIL YOUNG

Razorlight, BASEMENT JAXX, MAXIMO PARK, PENDULUM, SIMPLE MINDS

2008

KAISER CHIEFS
THE SEX PISTOLS
THE POLICE

IGGY & THE STOOGES, N*E*R*D, NEWTON FAULKNER, THE ZUTONS, THE ENEMY

2007

SNOW PATROL
MUSE
THE ROLLING STONES

AMY WINEHOUSE, ASH, GROOVE ARMADA, KASABIAN, KEANE, WOLFMOTHER

2006

THE PRODIGY
FOO FIGHTERS
COLDPLAY

EDITORS, MAXIMO PARK, PRIMAL SCREAM, THE KOOKS, GOLDFRAPP

2005

FAITHLESS
TRAVIS
R.E.M

Razorlight, SNOW PATROL, SUPERGRASS, THE MAGIC NUMBERS, FEEDER, ROXY MUSIC, IDLEWILD, EMBRACE

2004

STEREOPHONICS
THE WHO
DAVID BOWIE

SNOW PATROL, SUPER FURRY ANIMALS, THE MANIC STREET PREACHERS

2003

BRYAN ADAMS
PAUL WELLER

IGGY POP, COUNTING CROWS, THE DARKNESS

2002

ROBERT PLANT
The CHARLATANS

STARSAILOR, ASH, THE CORAL

1970

Jimi Hendrix
Jethro Tull
The Doors
The Who

Ten Years After, Chicago, Lighthouse, Emerson Lake & Palmer, The Moody Blues, Joan Baez, Free, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristofferson

1968 & 1969

Bob Dylan
Jefferson Airplane
T-Rex

The Pretty Things, Marsha Hunt, King Crimson, The Who, Third Ear Band, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Arthur Brown, The Move, Smile

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