This year’s Isle of Wight Festival, held from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th June, boasts a star-studded line-up with something for everyone. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, here are six reasons why you should be excited for Isle of Wight Festival 2018.
Kasabian will kick things off on Friday night, while Depeche Mode and Liam Gallagher will bring the noise on Sunday. The weekend will be rounded off with an undoubtedly huge performance from The Killers.
Mr. Gallagher has enjoyed renewed fame this year thanks to his new album As You Were, while The Killers have also had frequent airtime on radio with their new album Wonderful Wonderful. Roll your eyes at Mr. Brightside all you like, but you can’t deny it will be an incredible place to be when that song is performed on the Isle of Wight in June.
The best of the rest
For fans of alternative rock, there’s much to be excited about. Blossoms have their second album out this Friday, and if the single There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls) is anything to go by, the new record will be as brilliant as the first. We can’t wait to see them bring the old and new to the festival. Manic Street Preachers always go down well too, while Feeder, Circa Waves, and Tom Grennan are no slouches either. For those who want to arrive early, The Wombats are performing on Thursday night, and are well worth checking out if you’re into indie rock.
Kodaline are a guilty pleasure with plenty of new material as well. Think of them as Coldplay’s Irish, less-popular cousins, not dissimilar to The Script who, conveniently, are also playing at this year’s festival.
For fans of drum & bass, Chase & Status will be a no-brainer as they perform their DJ set on the Big Top stage, while Jessie J, Rita Ora, and X-Factor winners Rak-Su will be present for all your R&B needs.
The FIFA World Cup
No need to worry about missing out on football’s biggest tournament this Summer, as the festival’s BT Sport Field of Dreams will host live screenings of the three group matches on each day of the festival, with England playing Panama at 1pm on Sunday. Safe to say we’ll give Poland v Colombia a miss, assuming it clashes with The Killers! Summer doesn’t get better than watching the World Cup followed by live music with your mates!
The smaller stages
Attending festivals is as much about having the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the biggest artists at it is discovering the legends of the future. The Hard Rock Stage and the Platform One College of Music stage will offer a glimpse at artists with potential to breakthrough in the future, so well worth checking out if you’re one of those hipster critics who saw all the biggest names before they were cool.
No guarantees on this one of course, but June is normally one of the better months in Britain in terms of weather. Nevertheless, a festival can be as enjoyable and memorable for different reasons if it pours it down with rain – it actually suits some artists more! Sunshine would be nice though, please.
The 50th anniversary
As mentioned above, 2018’s Isle of Wight Festival will be the 50th anniversary of the event, so on Saturday 23rd June festival-goers are invited to dress up in gold!
Tickets for the festival can be bought online from the official site here.