Highlights from IOW 2019!
Last year’s Isle of Wight Festival set the standards high with its momentous 50th-anniversary celebrations. However, as we look back at the incredible highlights from IOW 2019, we can definitely say that this festival gets better with age!
The weekend of the 13th-16th June 2019 saw over 90,000 people flock to Newport on the Isle of White to attend the legendary festival. Come rain or shine, these partygoers arrived in true festival style; wearing their wellies and rain mac’s and carrying bags full of booze! The festival offers all types of camping; from Tipi’s to caravans or DIY tents to luxury cottages, there is something to suit everyone’s accommodation needs. Upon arrival boasted the festivals new pop up Co-op convenient store, which to everyone’s delight, stored unlimited food and alcohol for the weekend - as well as having an ongoing DJ set, so customers could rock whilst they shop.
This year’s theme was Summer of ’69 – Peace and Love, so those attending were encouraged to join the celebrations by donning their finest ‘60s attire. As the iconic 1969 Isle of Wight Festival saw Bob Dylan headline alongside The Who, Free and Joe Cocker, it only felt right to dig out our retro rags and relive it once more. The hippie theme was honoured throughout the site and the best dressed were crowned at Saturday's fancy dress competition held at the Helter Skelter.
Friday’s line up included acts such as punk-rocker Lily Allen, Freya Ridings, Gerry Cinnamon and the incredible James. As the evening drew to a close, we saw the Wonderwall Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds rock the stage. But, just because the acts finish, does not mean the music stops! The Silent disco is open for the night ravers, so with just a small fee, you can sing your heart out and dance the night away listening to your desired playlist.
The countless alcohol pit stops around the site were perfect for those looking to re-fuel in-between acts. Vodka lovers were invited to experiment with new flavours at the Smirnoff Bar whilst cider fans flocked to the Strongbow Bar and Kiwi Camp – which to their delight, had a surprise visit from Rick Astley during the Kiwi Camp Rockaoke!
This family-friendly festival is perfect for those of all ages. Children could enjoy various activities and special performances from Peppa Pig at the Kidzone, whilst adults can relax and unwind in the luxurious wood-fired hot tubs. The Bathing Under the Sky tubs made their return to the festival for another year and were available to book for groups of 6-8 bathers. After days of living in a mud bath, the idea of this sounds extremely inviting, hence why many took up the offer to relax and unwind under the stars in-between party sessions.
The never-ending celebrations continued through day and night. Over the course of Saturday, we saw pop-singer Anne-Marie, Bastille, Yungblud, George Ezra, KT Tunstall and the iconic Fat Boy Slim (to name a few) take the stage - and boy did they get the crowd roaring!
Despite the rain, the Sunday session did not disappoint! Unforgettable acts including Sigrid, Tom Walker and Madness kept the spirits high, so much so that the sun even began to shine. The festival finale was hosted by Biffy Clyro, who finished their rock star set with a magnificent firework display; a perfect way to mark the end of yet another glorious Isle of Wight festival.
Tickets for Isle of Wight Festival 2020 are now on sale! To get yours visit, www.isleofwightfestival.com.