After an absence of 32 years, the Isle of Wight Festival returned near to its original home in 2002. History dictates that over half a million rocked up in 1970, making it the biggest UK Festival ever – not even Live Aid, Knebworth, Glastonbury or Reading have achieved those numbers.
The IOW Festival is centred around the Main Stage with a long campsite winding down to it, however there are loads of other attractions and small-scale arenas to be found in between camping and the stage.
The festival prides itself on offering a rich mix of musical talent. It seems to secure bigger headliners year on year and also prides itself on bringing some old faces back into the fray, perhaps in recognition of its heritage. Procol Harum, Lou Reed, Ray Davies and Steve Harley have all played in recent years.