About the festival
cinch presents the Isle of Wight Festival is one of the UK's, if not the world's, most historic music festivals.
Welcoming a revolving door of contemporary icons and legendary greats, the island's Seaclose Park now annually welcomes 90,000 music fans for a weekend of rock, pop and dance music, seeing the likes of The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, The Police, Jay-Z, Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Blur all headline over the years.
Originally conceived as a countercultural festival in 1968, the Isle Of Wight Festival went on to host a slew of historic performances in its earlier iteration, notably from Bob Dylan (his first performance since semi-retiring three years earlier) and Jimi Hendrix, one of the final shows before his premature death in a fabled edition that drew an estimated 700,000 people to the island. The latter's enormous gathering led to the UK Parliament to pass a law banning the festival, until it returned in 2002.
From then onwards the festival went from strength to strength, building upon its prestige by clinching some of the biggest and most sought after names in music. Nowadays cinch presents the Isle of Wight Festival still hosts its top-tier lineup while also being 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.