Posted on September 14, 2021

So here it is, finally – our 19th edition of the new millennium Isle of Wight Festival. We missed last year for obvious reasons but weren’t prepared to miss a second, so we moved from June to September to ensure that it would happen. Having said that, it gave us the opportunity to refresh the line-up and create a few more amusements for you.

The Hipshaker Lounge and Intoxicated Tea Rooms make a welcome return with the famous WWII bunker to be discovered. There is a new tent in Electric Ladyland called Hunky Dory, where you can find The Circus of Horrors, Club de Fromage and the Silent Disco amongst other fun. Electro Love is still there, of course, rocking the 80s and 90s. 

Look to the skies at 5pm on the Thursday for your welcome treat, before Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields open with the Big Top, This Feeling and all the fun of the fair. Last year should have been a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic Jimi Hendrix performance, so Are You Experienced? open the proceedings.

Where do we start with the artists? Liam and Tom on Friday, festival favourites Snow Patrol and the legendary David Guetta on Saturday, rounded off by the wild boys themselves, Duran Duran. Make sure to check out the wealth of new talent around the site – The Snuts, Megan McKenna, The K’s, Maisie Peters, Apollo Junction, Lyra, Currls on the River Stage and, of course, Wet Leg.

Please treat others respectfully, as you would like to be treated – our theme this year is PEACE, LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING after 18 months of the opposite. Wear your best rainbow for the fancy dress on Saturday afternoon, 2pm the Helter Skelter – there will be a backstage tour for the lucky winner. To be judged on Cirque de la Quirk – be there!

Thank you for coming and supporting the event in these troubled times. Our aim is to make it as safe and enjoyable for you as possible. 

This is a beautiful island, steeped in history from the Romans to Charles I, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Queen Victoria, so you should check out Osborne House if you get the chance.

Stay safe, listen to the music, it’s only rock and roll – we can be heroes just for one day.

John & Caroline Giddings

And… be at the Main Stage to see Megan McKenna at 1pm and then stay to watch the BBC Competition hosted by Martin Kemp and Lady Leshurr. Rock of All Ages, where you, the audience, will vote for the winner of the TV show by hearing them each play a song… you want to be on television? Be there!

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