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Isle of Wight Festival is one of the UK’s longest-running music festivals, each year bringing over 90,000 music fans to the island for a weekend of rock, pop and dance.

Since its establishment in 1968, the now iconic Isle of Wight Festival has seen headline sets from legends such as Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and The Who. But one of the festival’s most fabled years has to be 1970, when an estimated 700,000 people turned up to see Jimi Hendrix, leading to the UK Parliament to pass a law banning the festival. It made its triumphant return in 2002.

Nowadays the Isle of Wight Festival still hosts its top-tier lineup – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra, Biffy Clyro, Courteeners, Fatboy Slim and many more performed at the last edition – while the festival is also great for families, with the lineup including a diverse programme of theatre, film, comedy, activities and games.

And beyond the festival’s gates, those wishing to turn the trip into a longer holiday will find an island offering all kinds of extra activities, including walking, cycling, horse riding, kayaking, sailing and much, much more.

The Isle of Wight sits just off England’s south coast, and is connected by ferry and hovercraft services from Southampton, Portsmouth, Lymington and Southsea.

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Isle of Wight Festival 2020 Lineup


Lionel Richie
Lewis Capaldi
Snow Patrol
The Chemical Brothers
Duran Duran

Thu 11 June

Happy Mondays

Sat 12 June

Lionel Richie / Lewis Capaldi / Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics / Becky Hill / Primal Scream

Sun 13 June

Snow Patrol / The Chemical Brothers / Sam Fender / James Arthur / Kaiser Chiefs

Mon 14 June

Duran Duran / Supergrass / Dido
Date to be announced for:
Sigma [DJ set] / Shed Seven / Example / Maisie Peters / The Manor / JC Stewart
+more artists to be announced

Isle of Wight Festival 2020 Tickets


The Isle of Wight Festival Weekend ticket allows you to camp all weekend in the festival’s campsite that runs alongside the River Medina, so all you need is basic camping gear, like a tent, a camping pad and a head torch (so useful in the night). If you don’t want to bring your own tent the festival offers a range of pre-pitched and boutique accommodations like Glamping, that can be booked here. Alternatively, you can book nearby hotels & apartments using the map below:

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Two companies operate car ferry travel across the water from the mainland to the Isle of Wight with Early Bird ferry offers:
1. Red Funnel operates a crossing from Southampton to East Cowes (1hr crossing).
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2. Wightlink operates two services, one from Lymington to Yarmouth (40min crossing) and the other from Portsmouth to Fishbourne (45min crossing).
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We recommend that you pay for your car parking in advance when you buy your Festival ticket.


Return Coach Travel is available from Bournemouth, Brighton, London, Reading, Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham, Oxford, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield at the link below:

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Get one of the four mainland ferry ports at Southampton, Portsmouth, Lymington or Southsea. After a short crossing, you will arrive on the Island and you’ll be at the Isle of Wight Festival in no time at all. The ferry ports are served by good rail and road links.

There are fantastic Early Bird ferry offers available from Wightlink and Red Funnel.


Red Funnel offers two services for people travelling on foot: 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.
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Wightlink offers two services for people travelling on foot: the ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth and the Catamaran from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde. There are bus stations at both Island terminals where you can catch the bus to take you directly to Festival.
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Hovertravel operates a hovercraft service from Southsea to Ryde taking only 10 minutes to cross the Solent. They have a quick and easy Hoverbus service connecting from all Portsmouth stations with every Hovercraft service*. Onward bus travel to the Festival site is only a short 2 minute walk from their Ryde terminal.
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