8-11 June 2017
The Isle of Wight Festival is world-renowned for its amazing quality of both atmosphere and acts.
This year’s festival promises to be one of the best yet, with the line up looking more impressive than ever.
Here is our guide to 2017, including this year’s line up and information on transport, accommodation and the festival itself.
The 2016 IOW Festival line up featured stand-out sets from The Who, Queen, Faithless, and Stereophonics – among others – and this year is set to be even bigger. Confirmed acts for 2017 include Razorlight, David Guetta, Rod Stewart, Arcade Fire and many more.
These fantastic performers will be supported by a massive variety of acts, including Kaiser Chiefs, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Bastille, Zara Larsson, Clean Bandit and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man to name just a few. All in all this year is set to kick the festival season off with a bang!
Browse by day to see the full list of artists announced so far.
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. Last year, 58,000 people flocked to Seaclose Park to see the likes of The Who and Queen. In 2017, the Island will be welcoming music lovers eager to see Rod Stewart, Arcade Fire, and many more of the incredible acts featuring in the Isle of Wight Festival 2017 line up.
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.
Find Island accommodation hereIn 2017, 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 are seven 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.
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 at 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 and Biffy Clyro, among others.This year promises to uphold the historical tradition of great performances, great atmosphere, and of promoting musical excellence. With some of the best acts around and an atmosphere second to none, book now to become part of the history.