Isle of Wight Festival is a rock and pop music festival with bags of history. First held in 1968 but with a long break from 1970 to 2002, it's one of Europe's biggest and most impressively storied festivals.
From Jimi Hendrix and The Who to Fleetwood Mac, Faithless and The Who again in 2016, IOW's lineups have always been full of the biggest bands around – while also standing out from the rest of the continent's festival crowd.
A healthy dose of comedy, cabaret and poetry also play their part as the island is transformed into one big weekend party, just as it was 48 years ago for the very first time.
Located off England's south coast, connected by ferry and hovercraft services from Southampton, Portsmouth, Lymington and Southsea. Newport is the biggest town on the island.Expand Map
Getting to the Isle of Wight is very simple. All you need to do is get yourself to one of the four mainland ferry ports at Southampton, Portsmouth, Lymington or Southsea.
Southampton: Red Funnel offers two services: the ferry from Southampton to East Cowes or the Red Jet from Southampton to West Cowes. There are bus stations at both Cowes’ terminals where you can catch the bus to take you directly to the Festival if you are on foot.
Portsmouth & Lymington: Wightlink operates two services, one from Lymington to Yarmouth (35min crossing) and the other from Portsmouth to Fishbourne (40min crossing). There are bus stations at both Island terminals where you can catch the bus to take you directly to Festival.
Southsea: Hovertravel operates a hovercraft service - only for those on foot - from Southsea to Ryde. A bus service is available in Ryde for transport to the Festival.
Alternatively, there are taxi services running from all ports if you'd rather take one instead of the bus.
All ages can attend Isle of Wight Festival, and those under 12 get in for free – but they must still be booked in advance.
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