The ongoing coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of many large-scale gatherings, from sporting events to music festivals
The 2020 run of the Isle of Wight Festival was cancelled, with organisers saying that the move was “unavoidable given the current status”.
However, organisers have said it will be back “stronger than ever in 2021”.
As tickets for next year's event go on sale today (15 June), this is everything you need to know about the Isle of Wight Festival 2021, including the full line-up and how to purchase tickets.
What is the Isle of Wight Festival?
The Isle of Wight Festival began with a series of festivals between 1968 and 1970 and is widely considered to be Europe’s equivalent of Woodstock.
In 1970, a line-up over five days included massive names in music, such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Joni Michell, Leonard Cohen and more.
There was no Isle of Wight festival between 1970 and 2002, until John Giddings, an established music promoter, decided to re-launch it. Giddings still curates every part of the festival to this day.
Since 2002, the festival has continued to provide a venue for some of the biggest musical acts in the world, including The Rolling Stones, Muse, Foo Fighters, Amy Winehouse, The Sex Pistols, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie, Biffy Clyro and more.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Isle of Wight Festival was cancelled, leaving many music and festival goers heartbroken.
But the good news is it plans to be bigger and better than ever in 2021. Here’s what you need to know.
When does the festival take place?
The next Isle of Wight festival will take place from Thursday 17 June to Sunday 20 June 2021.
The festival is held at Seaclose Park, Newport.
Who is in the line-up?
The headliners for 2021 were revealed as the 2020 date for the festival came and went.
Organiser John Giddings said: “We should be watching some fantastic performances in a field together this weekend, but sadly it was not to be.
“We’re thrilled that we will welcome most of the artists booked for 2020, plus a few special additions, to next year’s festival. We’re excited to get planning and will work within advised guidelines to ensure the safety of the audience, artists and staff on site - come on down!”
Lionel Richie, one of the big names performing at the 2021 event, said: “I was really excited to be playing at The Isle of Wight Festival this summer and like so many of us I was very sad that so many things have had to be delayed. Obviously everyone’s health and safety comes first.
“I’m now looking forward to it even more and know we’ll all have such an incredible night of partying together.”
The schedule of performances goes as follows:
Thursday 17 June:
- Happy Mondays
- Natasha Bedingfield
- Are You Experienced?
Friday 18 June Main Stage:
- Lionel Richie
- Lewis Capaldi
- Jess Glynne
- Becky Hill
- You Me At Six
Friday 18 June Big Top:
- Primal Scream
- Shed Seven
- Sigma (DJ Set)
- Joy Crookes
- The Snuts
- Donna Missal
Saturday 19 June Main Stage:
- Snow Patrol
- Pete Tong & the Heritage Orchestra presenting Ibiza Classics
- Sam Fender
- James Arthur
- All Saints
- Lightning Seeds
Saturday 19 June Big Top:
- Kaiser Chiefs
- Sam Feldt
- Maximo Park
- The Manor
- Ella Henderson
- Dylan John Thomas
- Rebecca Hurn
Sunday 20 June Main Stage:
- Duran Duran
- The Script
- Carly Rae Jepsen
- James Vincent McMorrow
- Seasick Steve
- Megan McKenna
Sunday 20 June Big Top:
- Mavis Staples
- Masie Peters
- The Alarm
- New Rules
Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets were made available for purchase from 9am on Monday 15 June.
You can buy tickets for the Isle of Wight Festival 2021 from the Ticketmaster website here.
There are different kinds of tickets available for purchase at different prices.
Weekend tickets get you access to the festival every day:
- Weekend Adult tickets - £197.60
- Weekend Student tickets - £181.50
- Weekend Teen tickets - £176.20
If you book a student or a teen ticket, you will be required to produce proof of age or student status.
Teens must also be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over.
There are also Friday, Saturday and Sunday day tickets, which only permit you entry to the festival on each specific day. These tickets cost £75.20 each, with no student or teen discounts available.
You can spread the cost of tickets over several months with a payment plan as well.
There are also accessible tickets available, which will allow you to book accessible add-ons like disabled camping and viewing platform access.
Once you’ve booked your tickets and add-ons, you can complete a booking form to apply for a free carer ticket, if required. Email the booking form along with proof of disability to [email protected]
Proof of disability can be any of the following:
- A DLA/PIP award letter (not a Christmas bonus letter)
- A letter from a medical professional
- D/deaf or blind registration
- The Access Card (or equivalent)
How do I get to the festival?
To get to the Isle of Wight Festival, you’ll need to get yourself to one of the four mainland ferry ports at Southampton, Portsmouth, Lymington or Southsea.
You’ll be able to reach the Isle of Wight after a short crossing from these ports via ferry, and from there you’ll be able to make your way to the festival by a variety of different travel options.
The Isle of Wight website outlines how you can get to the festival by foot, car, bus and more, as well as details on package deals, which you can read about here.
Are there banned items?
In an effort to keep everyone at the festival safe, there is a list of banned items that are not permitted to be brought into the event.
These items are:
- Gas canisters larger than 300ml
- Smoke canisters
- Illegal substances
- Legal Highs
- Nitrous Oxide
- Laser pens
- Poles, banners and flags
- Animals (other than registered guide or hearing dogs)
- Any items which may be used as a weapon