Beginners guide to Isle of Wight Festival

· Official Isle of Wight Festival

Calling all lovers of music, cider and…. Boats? That’s right, Isle of Wight Festival is back and don’t they want us to know it. Its story began over 45 years ago now, so whilst they it be seen as the grandparents of the festival family, it’s still a classic – like a cup of tea in the morning or a milky way in a box of celebrations.

Isle of Wight is a personal favourite of us here at Licklist towers as it’s almost as though you’re getting a sort of 2 for 1 package deal, with a festival AND a holiday. So, if you think about it, what’s not to love?

The weekend is all about celebrating music in its greatest form and that stage has been host to some of the most legendary names in music. Do The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Jay-Z ring any bells? So as we’ve already said, this place has a lot of history, and now, on the 9th-12th June 2016, it’s time for you to go along and make a little history of your own.

The Line-up

Proving once and for all they are a festival which cares about music fanatics of all ages, the headline acts for this year is like a Back to the Future film that has been set in 2016, as it’s celebrating the landmark of 40 years of punk. The Who, Stereophonics and Faithless will all be taking centre stage, along with Queen, who will be performing with their adopted family member, Adam Lambert.

But don’t despair kids as Jess Glynne, The Cribs, Sigma, Sunset Sons and the band that is making their first festival appearance since reforming will all be there… That’s right, Busted are back!

As you can see, Isle of Wight really do aim to please. So whether you’re an old time rocker in a 21-year-old’s body or you want to find some sort of family bonding activity which doesn’t just involve singing around the campfire, there’s a little something for everybody.

The main arena

The great thing about Isle of Wight is that they like to go above and beyond when it comes to entertainment. Not only is there a crazy line-up, but there’s enough stuff to do to fill your entire day AND night.

Like any seaside village, everyone there loves a good drink, so last year saw the addition of the Bulmers’ “colourena” – a place full of giant twister boards and paint bombs. There was also a Strongbow tower full of sofas and bars and a Jack Daniels DJ tent which felt like one big night out. Getting blasted by colour cannons and dancing around with people in weird looking fancy dress may not be for everyone, so they even included a champagne bar, probably for those who don’t really belong at a festival but were dragged along anyway or just went so they could tag themselves at the location on Facebook. And by the way, we’re just getting started on what’s there. So if that was what last year had to offer, who knows what the folks at IOW will come up with this time.