Isle of Wight 2014 preview: All Wight on the Night

An Isle of Wight Festival preview

Photographer: Shirlaine ForrestVirtual Festivals on 11 June 2020

June has often proved a testing month for festival goers. Metal fans at Donington have been repeatedly bombarded by lashing rain, Glastonbury is prone to colossal flooding, while the 2012 Isle of Wight Festival wash out separated the bona fide festival goers from those who see camping as a novelty. Luckily, the sunshine predicted so far speaks well for the the festival's 13th-16th weekend slot. Just don't anger the rain gods!

Musical Offerings

It's unnecessary to sacrifice your tapes, CDs and iPods to those gods, as Friday night headliners Biffy Clyro should prove pleasing enough come rain or shine. Supported by Calvin Harris, the Scottish pairing could tell you a thing or two about bad weather.

Before that, today's big names Rudimental and Tom Odell have to take their turn at wooing the crowd, while Katy B heading the Friday Big Top slot provides an alternative to the stadium rock.

Saturday has arguably the best line-up of the weekend; inbetween DJs on the Big Top are the likes of loveable big beany man Dappy, Clean Bandit and headliners Gorgon City. Meanwhile, the main stage sees the flamboyant rockers Rival Sons warm up the stage for The Pretty Reckless, John Newman, The 1975, The Specials and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A rolling list of festival favourites.

Sunday sees the Big Top attempt to claim best stage as Swin Deep, Peace, The Horrors headed up by Travis make an indie fan's day. Can Fall Out Boy and Sunday headliners Kings Of Leon compete? Previous festival performances would suggest so; please, just don't follow Leeds festival goers' example in the climbing of ice cream vans- with vendors still inside- in order to belt out that your sex is on fire.

Everything else

Everyone needs some time to themselves at some point- especially if sharing a sweaty two-man- so why not go solo and enjoy 'Bathing Under the Sky'? A glass of wine, a sauna, a hot tub... you'll forget you're at a festival. Then escape to the 'Bohemian Woods' for a relaxing world music infused forestry experience. A chilled-out alternative is found in 'Hey Joe', boasting classic rock soaked in shisha. Once downbeat time is over, and you've seen some bands of course, check out 'The Whisky Sessions' for fast-paced banjo madness, and 'Hipshaker' for late night ska, funk, soul and reggae.

Who To See?


They've been storming the festival circuit for the last few years, claiming repeatedly the title of the summer band to see. If you still haven't, now is your chance to catch the popular dance act in full swing.

The Specials

This TOWN, is coming like a ghost town. Need more be said? Catch the ska triumphants or prepare for ostracism.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

While the past five years has seen smaller bands been slowly creeping up the lineup to achieve headliner status, they won't be knocking The Chilis off the top spot. Their world famous funk-rock anthems entitle them to their long-running stints as festival headliners.

Clean Bandit

Chilled out electo pop with classical influences, up and comers Clean Bandit are the ones to watch this year; and they'll likely smash it at festivals too.

Isle Of Wight Festival 2014 takes place from 12-15 June at Seaclose Park, Newport on the island off the South-East coast.

Isle of Wight Festival tickets are still on sale, priced as follows:

Weekend Tickets: £190
Day Tickets (Fri, Sat, Sun): £75
Campervan: £100
Weekend Car Parking In Advance: £15
Per Day Parking: £10
Children 12 and under FOC

Click here to buy Isle of Wight Festival tickets.


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