Kicking Off The Summer Season: The Isle of Wight Festival
If you’re looking for bold headline acts, the Isle of Wight Festival never fails to impress. Including an amazing mix of Dad Rock and hip new bands, there genuinely seems to be something for everyone. Some of the acts that you can look forward to this year (11th-14th June 2015) include Fleetwood Mac, Blur, The Black Keys, The Prodigy, Counting Crows and Groove Armada. The line-up really packs a punch!
A Little History
Starting in 1968, the Isle of Wight Festival became the British equivalent of Woodstock. During the 1970 event, it attracted a line-up so good that it beggars belief: Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Joni Mitchell, The Doors and Leonard Cohen all played to the 600,000 people who turned up to have a good time that year. Not long afterwards, parliament stopped this festival from taking place, due to the sheer amount of people attending. However, in 2002, the festival was revived. Just a 2-hour-journey from London (across the sea), the Isle of Wight Festival really is something special.
Some Off-Stage Highlights
The Kids Zone
The Isle of Wight Festival aims to appeal to all ages, so they have invested a lot of money into making their kids area as engaging and fun as possible (so much so that even the adults might want to get stuck-in). In ‘The Kids Zone’, you will be able to find arts and crafts, circus workshops, ‘punk’ science museums, puppet theatres, fairy hula disco, extreme performances, dressing-up, face painting, fake tattoos and story-telling (there’s more, but this list is already exceptionally long!). The little ones aren’t going to be bored any time soon.
Intoxicated Tea Rooms
If you love tea, and you also love alcohol, the Intoxicated Tea Rooms is definitely going to be your spiritual home. With live bands playing, and all the tea/cocktails that you can drink, it’s a wonderful place to dance the night away. Expect electro swing, jazz, and burlesque performances.
The name says it all. This venue will be playing a variety of DJs, all under the arms of the great Strongbow Tree. Meet friends, dance, or just relax on the loungers – it’s up to you!
Weird and wonderful in its own right, the Bohemian Woods is full of eccentric, magical performances (watch out for fairies!). Persian rugs are dotted everywhere, perfect for a spot of stargazing amongst forest lanterns. The Bohemian Woods really has an eclectic range of performers, whether they be DJs or poets!
A firm favourite at the Isle of Wight Festival, Kashmir Café is now running for the 8th consecutive year, bringing you some of the best music on the island. Here, you’ll be able to admire art installations over your morning coffee and indulge in mouth-watering vegetarian cuisine from their vintage bus, Tansy’s Pantry. Kashmir serves up local beers too, which you can enjoy in their lovely drinking garden.
If you can’t make it this year, be sure to get your ticket next year – it’s an unforgettable experience!