Organisers of The Isle of Wight Festival are excited to announce that they are moving the festival to 16th – 19th September 2021.

They said.” We’re thrilled to be able to welcome everyone to the island in September. We’re aiming to bring back as many of the artists as we can but whatever happens, rest assured, you’ll enjoy a stellar line-up over the festival weekend. It will be the perfect place to see out the summer in spectacular fashion.”

They added, “The Isle of Wight Festival has always guaranteed unforgettable moments. It’s standing arm in arm with fellow festivalgoers in Seaclose Park. It’s watching the sun go down over the Main Stage, cheering as the fireworks light up the sky. It’s revelling in over 50 years of musical history and discovering incredible new artists. It’s experiencing the inherently magical Island atmosphere. It’s making friends for life and memories to last a lifetime.

All existing tickets will remain valid for September so please keep hold of them. If you cannot make the new dates please contact your ticket provider to get a refund.”

However, following the organiser’s announcement it was met with a cautious welcome by the leader of the Isle of Wight Council.

Councillor Dave Stewart said the event should only go ahead in September should it be safe to do so – both for those attending the festival and the wider Island community.

However, he said he was reassured to hear that organisers were working closely with the relevant authorities and Public Health England to ensure all necessary precautions were in place to keep everyone safe.

“It is clearly good news that the festival is not happening in June as it attracts so many visitors and it would not be safe at that time – indeed, it would not comply with the government roadmap. However, I now understand there are proposals for the event to move to September instead,” said Councillor Stewart.

“Although it is likely we will be out of lockdown and ‘open for business’ as an Island in September, this is not definite and any plans must be predicated on it being safe for the festival to proceed, which will ultimately be a decision based on public health grounds. We have come too far to throw away all our hard earned efforts over the past 12 months to keep the Island safe during the COVID pandemic.

I appreciate the desire to recharge our economic recovery and there will be a number of events that, if they do take place, will help us on that journey. However, all must be safe to do so and I expect the Island’s Safety Advisory Group (SAG) will be paying careful attention to this announcement as will Island residents.”

Picture shows members of Girlguiding IW joining in the fun at the Festival in 2019.

After announcing the new date for the IW Festival the organisers have now confirmed the line up:

As promised, the Isle of Wight Festival team have been working hard behind the scenes to bring an incredible array of artists to the island for the event’s brand new dates, 16th – 19th September 2021

Confirmed now are a quartet of iconic names gracing the Main Stage over the festival weekend, with Liam Gallagher as Friday’s headliner; Saturday headliners Snow Patrol and David Guetta; and Sunday’s headliner Duran Duran, who will close the festival. PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS TOM JONES AND THE SCRIPT.

Festival promoter John Giddings said:” Our audience always has an incredible time at the festival and we’re thrilled with the line-up on offer for them. It’s a fantastic array of artists; from icons to emerging talent and not forgetting everything still to come from additional stages across the festival. Over the coming months we’ll be watching and learning from the events taking place before us and, of course, liaising with all the relevant authorities to make sure everyone – audience, artists, staff, the community – is kept safe. See you in September!