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Isle of Wight Festival brings big-name acts to the Solent

Date Posted: 01/06/12

Isle of Wight Festival brings big-name acts to the Solent

Isle of Wight Festival returns once again to the south of England, bringing many global superstar acts to Seaclose Park in Newport.

Fans of the three big-name headliners, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, should book short breaks to the festival for Thursday, June 21st to Sunday, June 24th.

They are joined by the likes of Elbow, Example, Biffy Clyro, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J, Madness, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Band of Skulls and Noah & the Whale.

The festival has a long history on the Isle of Wight, first taking place for three years between 1968 and 1970. The 1969 event saw Bob Dylan make his first performance following a motorbike accident three years earlier. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people trekked from around the world to attend the groundbreaking event.

Following that, the 1970 event was believed to be one of the biggest gatherings of humans in the world, with around 600,000 believed to have been in attendance to see the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and The Who.

It was then put to bed until 2002 when it made its triumphant return.

Posted by Danielle Masterson

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