You know that summer is most definitely here when the Big Top is up and the flags are flying at the Isle of Wight Festival. Widely considered to be the first festival of the season, 2018 is set for great things. As well as exciting headliners including Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian and Liam Gallagher, this year is extra special as the event celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Back in 1968, the Foulk brothers, working under the name of ‘Fiery Creations’, arranged the first festival in the village of Godshill. The festival premiered for one day only, with headline performances by Jefferson Airplane alongside Fairport Convention and T-Rex. The numbers in attendance reached approximately ten thousand and while it was seen as almost primitive, it made for a fun and successful first attempt and put the festival on the map. It then grew to become world renowned for iconic performances from artists such as The Doors, The Who and Jimi Hendrix in his last ever UK show.
For more information on this year’s event and the history, visit isleofwightfestival.com