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35 miles seaward from the port of Southampton is the Isle Of Wight, home of one of the UK’s most prestigious music festivals. It launched at the height of 60’s Psychedelia, playing host to the likes of The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane before reviving in the early 2000’s, with artists more recently gracing the stage such as The Rolling Stones, David Bowie & Fleetwood Mac (who even Glastonbury tried and failed to book!). To play the Isle Of Wight is to join a long list of musical history, and the next instalment takes place between 16th-19th June 2022. 

Tickets for Isle Of Wight Festival 2022 are still available here.


THURSDAY


Early birds will be treated to a day of music on Thursday at the Big Top Stage ahead of the Main Stage opening on Friday. Headliners Happy Mondays will be running through their catalogue of classic Manchester anthems with maraca mascot Bez overseeing proceedings, fresh from his dabble in TV ice skating.

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90’s pop singer Heather Small, Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt Jnr, and North London Urban Soul group The Compozers make up Thursday on the Big Top stage.


FRIDAY


Scottish singing sensation Lewis Capaldi headlines the Friday night after something of a hiatus while he focussed on writing the follow up album to his acclaimed ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’. His summer return will likely see him trying out new material on festival audiences.

The rest of the Friday night bill will be a travel through time, with 1980’s disco pioneer Nile Rogers & Chic bringing their armoury of household dance classics to the main stage before 1970’s ska legends Madness will keep the party atmosphere going ahead of the headliner. If that isn’t enough nostalgia for you, head over to the Big Top tent to catch noughties UK popstar Craig David as he takes the crowd through his biggest R&B hits.

Other Friday Night highlights include Glasgow chart toppers The Snuts, past BBC Sound Of The Year Winner Sigrid, indie mainstays The Vaccines and Dublin alternative outfit The Academic.

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SATURDAY


Kasabian and Pete Tong will co-headline the Saturday night, providing audiences with a blend of British Rock and Ibiza Classics (not at the same time). The heroic musical partnership of Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott will boast a setlist spanning over four decades of quintessentially British song writing that includes timeless classics from The Housemartins and The Beautiful South.

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Stockport’s Blossoms will take to the mainstage off the back of their most recent album ‘Ribbon Around The Bomb’. It’s their fourth album since the 2016 debut, and explores a fresh style which distances them from their synth-pop origins. Shaggy will headline Saturday night of The Big Top, treating audiences to the platinum selling hits that made him a household name such as ‘It Wasn’t Me’ & ‘Boombastic’.

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You can also catch two of Scotland’s best selling artists in The Proclaimers & The Fratellis, anthemic rock band The Amazons, and even Mark Owen from Take That during the Saturday of the festival.


SUNDAY


Futuristic rock pioneers Muse will close the Sunday night of Isle Of Wight, with a genre spanning catalogue of fan favourites including ‘Knights Of Cydonia’ and ‘Supermassive Black Hole’. Ivor Novello award nominee Tom Grennan returns to the UK after a whirlwind 18 months touring the world over. In this time his career has taken a stratospheric rise which sees him highly placed on the Isle Of Wight bill.

The Kooks will headline the Big Top stage on The Sunday, leaving the last day revellers in a haze of noughties indie nostalgia. They’ll be joined by fellow era predecessors The Coral, Birmingham reggae pop favourites UB40 and Tim Burgess’ The Charlatans.

There will be a notable injection of freshness into Sunday’s Big Top bill as Wet Leg will play what is arguably their biggest show to date. Hailing from Isle Of Wight themselves, it is set to be an unmissable homecoming as they celebrate the success of this year’s debut album which has been one of the most celebrated UK releases of the year.

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THIS FEELING STAGE


Every year, national promoters This Feeling set up on the Isle Of Wight with their This Feeling Stage this year  teaming up with Scott’s, showcasing the artists that have risen through their ranks over the previous 12 months. It’s the best place to catch up and coming artists who you might catch further up the bill in the future. Proving this to be true are Blossoms and The Amazons, whose first appearances at Isle Of Wight Festival were courtesy of the This Feeling stage.

Australian Indie outfit Planet will headline, as Matty Took will follow his talented bloodline as his brother, Johnny (DMA’s) has played the This Feeling Stage in the past. Andrew Cushin galvanised excitement around his name when he shared details of a recording session with Noel Gallagher. In saying this, he hasn’t rested on those laurels, as he has relentlessly gigged up and down the country in support of a consistent flow of singles and EP’s that have earned him the slot.

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Birmingham indie dance outfit The Assist look to take a good time wherever they go in homage to their influences of Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses, and Isle Of Wight shouldn’t be any different.

Over the past couple of years, Fitzroy Holt has emerged as a solo artist off the back of his previous project The Surrenders. With just one single under his belt so far, he appears to have distanced himself from the gritty blues of his previous project, and opted for a more melancholy acoustic direction.

Going from strength to strength with her brand of dark, blues driven acoustica is Scottish singer songwriter Rianne Downey. She’ll be playing at the Isle Of Wight fresh from an overseas stint at SXSW in the USA.

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Wales’ Megan Wyn has two releases online so far and has made a name for herself through consistent touring. Supporting the likes of Trampolene and The K’s – the opera trained vocalist is targeting a busy summer on the festival circuit. Singer-songwriter Ruby J’s unique and soulful vocals have caught the attention of audiences and record labels alike, and the Isle Of Wight Festival is the perfect next stop for her promising career. Tickets for Isle Of Wight Festival 2022 are still available here.

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