cinch presents the Isle of Wight Festival 2023
- Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
- 15-18 June 2023
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A festival with an unparalleled music history
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.
The 2023 lineup will be announced nearer to the festival.
Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Getting to the Isle of Wight is very simple. All you need to do is get yourself to one of the four mainland ferry ports at Southampton, Portsmouth, Lymington or Southsea.
Southampton: Red Funnel offers two services: the ferry from Southampton to East Cowes or the Red Jet from Southampton to West Cowes. There are bus stations at both Cowes’ terminals where you can catch the bus to take you directly to the festival if you are on foot.
Portsmouth & Lymington: Wightlink operates two services, one from Lymington to Yarmouth (35min crossing) and the other from Portsmouth to Fishbourne (45min crossing). There are bus stations at both island terminals where you can catch the bus to take you directly to festival.
Southsea: Hovertravel operates a hovercraft service - only for those on foot - from Southsea to Ryde. A bus service is available in Ryde for transport to the festival. Alternatively, there are taxi services running from all ports if you'd rather take one instead of the bus.
Journey times vary depending on where you are catching the ferry from. For example, a journey from Southampton can be as short as 23 minutes on the high speed service, while the journey time from Portsmouth to Fishbourne is around 45 minutes.
The quickest time is via Hovercraft from Southsea. The crossing should take only 10 minutes.
All ages can attend cinch presents the Isle of Wight Festival, and those under 12 get in for free – but they must still be booked in advance.