Isle of wight festival

This summer sees the return of one of the South Coasts biggest music festivals – Isle of Wight Festival 2019!

We’ve got all the information you need to ensure a brilliant weekend soaking up the atmosphere!

The Isle of Wight Festival is one of the UK’s largest and most successful festivals, with tens of thousands of party seekers flocking to the island to witness performances by some of the music industry’s biggest stars. This year sees some of the biggest names perform across twelve areas at Seaclose Park, an incredible atmosphere to boot!

This year sees an all-star lineup comprised of both leading chart artists such as SigridGeorge EzraBastille, and Jax Jones, along with music royalty like MadnessNoel Gallagher and The High Flying BirdsKeane and Fatboy Slim.

Across the entire weekend, over 150 acts will perform across 12 areas including the Main Stage, Big Top, and intimate stages including Cirque de la Quirk, Platform One, and dance haven Electro-Love.

When looking for the experience closest to that of the original 1960’s Isle of Wight Music Festival, one needs to look no farther than the Main Stage – not that one needs to look hard to find it in the first place. Usually one of the first areas stumbled across by festival goers, the Main Stage of 2019 plans to be the focal point of this year’s event – and here are some of our favourites to see perform on it!

Of course, the Main Stage isn’t the only place to go for stunning music performances, the Big Top is set to host some equally large names, including Dean Lewis, Heather Small, Jax Jones, Keane, and Wet Wet Wet, to name but a few.

Electro Love tent
© Isle of Wight Festival

Known for its party atmosphere, Electro Love is back for another year too – this year specialising in music from the ’80s and ’90s. With DJ Battles from the giant lighthouse, real disco, and live bands across the weekend it really shouldn’t be missed. On Saturday the team from Isle of Wight Radio will be performing on stage with #DadDance – we’d love to see you there!


food and drink

Along with an incredible lineup of music over the weekend, the Isle of Wight Festival 2019 sees several areas dedicated to food and drink. With menus, drinks, and foodstuffs to suit everyone, no one will be going hungry.

Food at Festival

If you’re looking for a great setting for a spot of pre-party pizza, or perhaps a no-nonsense noodle pot, The Octopus’ Garden is one of the largest dedicated food areas on site. Located in the main arena with a great view of the Main Stage, it’s a brilliant place to relax and eat – and great for those with kids due to its fenced border.

It boasts a huge selection of food stalls from a large range of cuisines, including Fish and Chips, Kebabs, Chinese food, and sweets and treats.

Along with The Octopus’ Garden, there are food stalls site wide that can be visited including in Strawberry Fields and the camping areas – what do you fancy?

Travel at the festival

Travelling to the Isle of Wight Festival as an island resident couldn’t be easier with buses running from all local ferry port towns, making stops along the routes. Normal service buses are also available, as are taxis from the onsite bus station and taxi rank.

Festival travel

Southern Vectis run regular shuttle buses to and from most ferry ports directly into the festival bus station:

• Yarmouth, for Wightlink from Lymington

• West Cowes, for high-speed Red Jet from Southampton

• East Cowes, for vehicle ferry Red Funnel from Southampton

• Ryde Esplanade, for Wightlink from Portsmouth and Hovertravel from Southsea

Ferry port shuttle buses will operate from around 8am through until 4am Thursday to Monday. The last buses will be at midday on Monday.

There are also regular service buses that will take you to Newport where you can walk up to the Festival or catch a shuttle to the Festival campsites.

If heading to the Isle of Wight Festival by car – you can find all the information you need here

Local diversions will be in place on the roads in the vicinity of the festival site. As always Isle of Wight Radio will keep you up to date on these diversions and any travel disruption first, on-air and online. You can find details on diversions, traffic plans, and access restrictions here.

We hope you enjoy the Isle of Wight Festival 2019 – and remember you could be winning tickets to this year’s Festival – just keep listening to Isle of Wight Radio!