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Isle of Wight Festival 2018

21-24 June 2018
The iconic Isle of Wight Festival is a must-go event on any music lover’s calendar. In 2018, the major festival will be celebrating their 50th anniversary, so it’s sure to be a memorable year, with Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian and Liam Gallagher among the confirmed acts so far.

Taking place at Seaclose Park just outside of Newport, the legendary event will bring together some of the biggest names in world music for one weekend – 21-24 June 2018. Festival tickets are now on sale on the official website.

Getting there is easy – if you book now, you can take advantage of our Early Bird Ferry Fares. See below for more details. We will also be laying on extra sailings for the event to get you to and from the Island with ease.





IOW Festival 2018 line up

The Wombats
Hot Dub Time Machine
T.Rextasy

Kasabian
The Script
Chase and Status (DJ set)
Nile Rodgers & Chic
Rita Ora
Feeder
Circa Waves
Tom Grennan
Walking on Cars
Kara Marni
Bang Bang Romeo
Judas

Depeche Mode
Liam Gallagher
James Bay
Blossoms
Haçienda Classiçal
Kodaline
Jessie J
Soul II Soul
Rak Su
SG Lewis
Tokio Myers
Mullally
Louise
Slydigs
Wild Front
Catherine McGrath
Rothwell
Paradisia

The Killers
Manic Street Preachers
Van Morrison
Camila Cabello
Sigrid
Travis
Sheryl Crow
Hurts
Lany
The Pretty Things
Hudson Taylor
The Skids
Gerry Cinnamon
The Professionals
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
Ten Tonnes

Isle of Wight Festival early bird ferry offer

By arranging your ferry travel early, you can save money getting to and from the Isle of Wight Festival 2018. Our foot passenger deals are valid until 23 June 2018.

Travel:

Short Stay Return: Travel out on Thursday, 21 June 2018 or Friday, 22 June 2018 and return on Monday, 25 June 2018 after 4pm.

Day Return: Friday, 22 June 2018, Saturday, 23 June 2018 or Sunday, 24 June 2018.

Foot Passengers Short Stay Return Day Return
Adult £16.00 £10.00
Child £8.00 £5.00
Student £13.00 £9.00
Senior £12.00 £8.00
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  1. This is a time limited promotional offer which can only be booked online and is non-refundable.
  2. Early bird foot passenger fares are valid for bookings made between 16 October 2017 and 23 June 2018 or until limit has been reached.
  3. Short Stay and Day Return travel must take place as specified.
  4. Bookings are only valid from the Mainland to the Island (Isle of Wight).
  5. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the offers at any time.
  6. Tesco Clubcard Boost tokens will not be accepted as part or full payment of tickets.
  7. Wightlink General Conditions for provision of Ferry Services apply and can be found www.wightlink.co.uk/terms.

Travelling to the IOW Festival by foot

If you’re travelling by train or coach from anywhere in the country, just head for Portsmouth Harbour station, hop off the coach or train and it’s just a few steps to our FastCat Terminal, from where we’ll whisk you over to Ryde in around 20 minutes.

Of course, foot passengers are welcome to use our Lymington and Portsmouth car ferry services, too. So just choose the route that’s best for you and book right now.

Getting to the Isle of Wight Festival site

There are bus stations close to Yarmouth and Ryde Pier Head Terminals and a good service runs to the Festival site

In Yarmouth the bus station is on Bridge Road, a five minute stroll from the Terminal. In Ryde, buses run from the Esplanade – reached by either walking down the pier, or taking a short train ride.

The nearest bus stop to Fishbourne Car Ferry Terminal is at the end of Fishbourne Lane 10/15 minutes’ walk away. Dedicated buses to the Festival site run regularly from here.

There are taxi ranks at Yarmouth and Ryde Esplanade.

Extra Isle of Wight Festival ferry sailings

We will be running extra sailings across all our routes to get you to and from Isle of Wight Festival 2018 with ease. View our Festival timetable.

Travelling to the IOW Festival by car

Bringing your own wheels? Our Portsmouth Car Ferry Terminal is easily accessed from the UK motorway network and our comfortable ferry will get you across to Fishbourne in just 45 minutes.

If you’re coming from the West, you may find our Lymington to Yarmouth car ferry suits you better. Once again, it’s easy to get to and because it’s the fastest car ferry crossing to the Island, you’ll be at the Festival site in no time.

Getting to the Isle of Wight Festival site

Once you’ve disembarked the ferry, just follow the signs to the Festival car park from the Ferry Terminals. It’s that easy!



About IOW Festival 2018

The IOW Festival is a world-famous, multi-award winning festival that regularly draws tens of thousands of revellers. It’s been named “Best Major Festival”, “Best Family Festival”, and “Best Event”, while acts regularly receive plaudits and awards for their performances. The fantastic reputation and legacy of the Isle of Wight Festival ensures that it’s able to draw the best and most iconic acts each year from all over the globe. In 2016, 58,000 people flocked to Seaclose Park and in 2018, the Island will be welcoming music lovers for a 50th anniversary special. Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian, Liam Gallagher have all been confirmed this year, with many more fantastic acts to come.

Getting to the festival is made simple by a short ferry ride from the mainland with Wightlink. Once on the Island, the event is well signposted for drivers, while coach companies like Big Green Coach and Southern Vectis offer direct port-to-Newport Festival transport.

During the weekend, the Island opens its doors and provides accommodation of all kinds to suit every taste and budget. For those who want to stay close to the action, the Isle of Wight Festival itself offers plenty of camping options, ranging from the traditional ‘pitch-your-own-tent’, all the way to boutique glamping. Meanwhile, in nearby towns and villages, accommodation is available in B&Bs and hotels if you value a good night’s sleep.



In 2018, the Isle of Wight Festival is going all out to make its experience more memorable than ever. ‘Green Sherpas’ can be booked to carry your luggage for you, and campsite facilities are a real step up from the average British festival. In addition to the main stage, there will be a number of alternative stages offering varied entertainment – from a dedicated ‘Kidzone’ for youngsters, to the rather more adult ‘Cirque du Quirk’. So, if you want to give your ears a bit of a break, but don’t want the fun to stop, the IOW festival has you covered.
Find island accommodation here
Isle of Wight Festival, 
Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2DN, England


Isle of Wight Festival 2018 tickets

Tickets for IOW Festival are already on sale, with weekend, day, student, teen and child tickets all available to purchase. Weekend Festival tickets will cover both entry to the site and your camping throughout the entire weekend. Day tickets allow access to the Festival on any chosen day but do no permit camping.

If you’re taking a campervan, you’ll need to book your weekend ticket as usual as well as a separate Campervan pass to park your vehicle. See our Festival FAQs below for more information.

Festival FAQs

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You can arrive from midday on Thursday, 21 June 2018 and there will be plenty to keep your entertained prior to the main event.


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With a Weekend ticket you can stay right there at the Festival all weekend. Prefer not to camp and rather stay offsite? Find your perfect accommodation and book it right here.


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The large, colour-coded campsites are just a stroll away from the main arena and offer all the basics you need like toilets and washing facilities, rubbish bins, food stalls, a bar and a chemist.


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There is a separate area for Campervans in the Campsite. You need to buy a Camping Ticket for each member of your party to access the Festival as well as a Campervan Permit to park your vehicle in this area. Both of these must have been purchased in advance. For more information about Campervans please visit the Isle of Wight Festival website.


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First of all your ticket, wristband and age ID if required. Pack some warm and waterproof clothing and a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Bring some money (and a money belt) – you can always get more at the onsite ATMs (though an additional charge may apply!).


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Don’t bring any drugs – they are illegal – or animals. Remember, vehicles, BBQs, fires, candles and glass are not allowed in the Campsite areas. And you can’t take alcohol, glass containers, deckchairs, tables, gazebos, BBQs or laser pens into the main arena. The only drinks allowed in the arena are water and non-alcoholic drinks in plastic bottles of up to 500ml with unbroken seals.


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Yes, your official wristband, which must be worn at all times, is your passport in and out of the Festival site whenever you like.


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Once you’ve booked your Wightlink tickets online, we’ll send you an email confirmation with an e-ticket attached. Just print this out and bring it with you to the Wightlink Terminal.


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Yes, and there is a dedicated Kids Zone with fun rides and attractions. Just a reminder, children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 18 or over.


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Naturally. You can pick up drinks and snacks at all Wightlink Terminals and also from the cafés on board our car ferries. At the Festival itself, you’re spoilt for culinary choice with loads of different outlets serving everything from chips to ethnic specialities. You can get soft and alcoholic drinks. But you have to be 18 or over to buy the alcoholic options, so you may be asked for ID.


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History Of The IOW Festival

The Isle of Wight Festival was the first and best festival of the counter-cultural rock’n’roll revolution. It began with a number of events between 1968 and 1970, leading to the IOW Festival being hailed as the British Woodstock. Line ups in 1970 included Jimi Hendrix (a life-sized statue of whom can be found at Dimbola Lodge overlooking Freshwater Bay), The Who, Joni Mitchell, The Doors, Leonard Cohen, Supertramp, Procul Harum, and many more. Over 600,000 people attended.

The festival ceased between 1970 and 2002, until it was brought back and is now run by music producer John Giddings. The revamped event has been a major success, hosting acts such as The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, Amy Winehouse, Coldplay, Kings Of Leon, Kasabian, Pearl Jam, The Sex Pistols, Blondie, Biffy Clyro and Rod Stewart, among others. This year promises to uphold the historical tradition of great performances, great atmosphere, and promoting musical excellence. With some of the best acts around and an atmosphere second to none, book now to become part of the history.

Low vehicles (LV)

Up to 5.00m long
Up to 2.24m high
Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long
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High vehicles (HV)

Up to 5.00m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long
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Low passenger vehicles (LP)

5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.
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High passenger vehicles (HP)

5.01m to 15m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.
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Low motorhome (LM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high.
Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.
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High motorhome (HM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.
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Low commercial vehicles (LF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Up to 2.24m high
Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.
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High commercial vehicles (HF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.
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Freight rigid (FR)

Freight vehicle 7.01m to 12m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Single chassis freight vehicles designed to carry heavy loads.
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Freight artic (FA)

Freight vehicle over 12m to 19m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Tractor-trailer freight vehicle up to 44 tonne GVWR with a split chassis or separate unit designed to carry heavy loads.
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Minibus (MINI)

Passenger vehicles 5.01m to 8m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Passenger vehicles with 8-17 seats.
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Coaches

Because we need to know additional information for coach bookings such as loaded and empty passenger numbers, please visit our Coach page to make your booking
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Motorcycle/trike/quad (MC)

Vehicles up to 3.5m long.
Motorcycles, Motorcycles with sidecars, three or four wheeled personal powered tricycle, TWIZY or quad bike up to 3.5m long.
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Bicycles and mobility scooters

Mobility Scooters must be battery powered.
Electric bikes must retain the ability to be pedalled by the rider.
Pushbikes, e-bikes and battery powered Mobility scooters travel free of charge when a customer purchases a foot passenger ticket.
No need to book separately.
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