Isle of Wight Festival

Caroline Cassidy

Once again there is a brilliant line-up for Seaclose Park. The line up includes The Strokes, Jay - Z and Paul McCartney as headline acts from the 11th to the 13th of June. Each year the Isle of Wight Festival brings together 55,000 music fans in a stunning setting. It is one of the best-loved festivals on the calendar and has collected three UK Festival Awards for 'Best Major UK Festival', 'Outstanding Greener Festival' and 'Outstanding Contribution to Festivals'.

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Jay-Z is going to headline the Friday line-up, The Strokes will do the same on Saturday and legend, Paul McCartney, will headline the Sunday. There will be special guests Blondie on Saturday, and Pink on Sunday. Look out for Orbital who headlines the Big Top on Saturday, James on Sunday, and Squeeze headlining on Thursday. The line-up also includes Editors, The Courteeners, Reef, Noah and the Whale, Mr Hudson, Biffy Clyro, Florence And The Machine, N-Dubz, La Roux, Hockey, Crowded House, Doves, Calvin Harris, Vampire Weekend, Friendly Fires, Spandau Ballet, Ocean Colour Scene, Paloma Faith, The Saturdays, and more.

The festival first hit the headlines back in 1970 when the event was by far the largest and most famous of festivals in the world. The head count was a mind boggling 600,000, which eclipsed even the attendance of the legendary Woodstock. The line-up that totalled over fifty performers included acts like The Who, Miles Davis, The Doors and, of course, Jimi Hendrix. It was one of the guitarist's last performances before his untimely death at the age of 27.

The festival ended up being the last of its kind due to the chaos of transporting half a million people to the island, the financial aftermath and difficulty securing suitable sites. It stayed that way for 32 years when the festival finally made a reappearance.

This year there will be something new. The Big Festival Bike Ride is a guided bike ride of the island that will take about an hour and a half happening on the Saturday and Sunday mornings before the bands start. It only costs a tenner plus hire fee. If you bring your own bike you are welcome to join in too.