Date: 9th to 12th June 2016
Location: Seaclose Park, Newport Isle of Wight
Main arena: opens Thursday 9th June 2016
Roughly having a diamond shape, The Island of Wight is spread across an area of about 155 square miles, thus making it the tiniest region in England. The island hasa fascinating history and is a popular holiday destinations in England.
A music festival is organized in the island of Wight every year, popularly known as the ‘Isle of Wight Festival’, first one being held in the year 1968 at Ford Farm, Godshill in UK. This initial event was endorsed and organized by the Foulk brothers under the name of their business, Fiery Creations Limited. This starting festival saw an attendance of approximately 10,000 people and the main attraction of the festival was the show of Jefferson Airplane, a popular rock band of that time. Arthur Browrn, The Move, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Plastic Penny and Pretty Things were other acts that were performed in this edition of the festival.
In its next year, the festival was organized on 30 and 31 August 1969 at Wootton.The main attraction of this festival was the show of Bob Dylan, a well known motor-cyclist of those times. It was because of the followers of Bob Dylan, who wanted to know whether the second innings of Bob will be successful or not after his accidents 2 years ago. This edition of the festival witnessed nearly 250,000 people among whom a large number was of the followers of Bob Dylan. Apart from Bob Dylan, the other performers in this festival were The Nice, Pretty Things, The Who and The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.
Among the earlier editions of the festival, the one held in 1970 was the biggest and the most famous of all these festivals.It saw one of the largest human crowds in the world estimatingup to 600,000 people, surpassing the crowdthat appeared in 1969 festival. It included a line-up of over fifty rock bands and performers like, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, The Doors, Ten Years After, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Joni Mitchell, The Moody Blues, Melanie, Donovan, Free, Chicago, Richie Havens, John Sebastian, Leonard Cohen, Jethro Tull, Taste and Tiny Tim. The unexpectedly high appearanceof visitor’s levels led, in 1971, to Parliament passing the "Isle of Wight Act" which prevented crowds of more than 5,000 people on the island without a special certificate.As this version of the festival, was the most popular festival, it was filmed by a film company under the direction of Academy Award-winning director Murray Lerner. He polishedthe material from the festival into the film named A Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Rock Festival, andreleased it in cinemas in 1996 and afterwards on DVD.
After the festival that was held in the year 1970, it was not held for 32 long years. But, from the year 2002,it wasagain invigoratedand was held on 1st of June 2002 at Seaclose Park, a leisure ground on the borders of Newport. It has,since been,organized on aregular yearly basis. Many prominentperformers have performed since its restorationcomprising The Rolling Stones, Muse, Stereophonics, Donovan, Ray Davies, Robert Plant, David Bowie, Manic Street Preachers, The Who, R.E.M., Coldplay, The Proclaimers, Bryan Adams and The Police. The main performers were The Charlatans and Robert Plant to pay their tribute to Jimi Hendrix, also performing were Ash, Starsailor, The Coral and local heroes The Bees, who were later nominated for the coveted Mercury Music Prize. Thousands of music fans came from all over the UK to enjoy the festival’s revival. Reports say that approximately 8000 people visited the island to celebrate the revival of the festival.
A List Of The Festivals That Were Held Later On Is As Given Under: