With a history that boasts huge players, even the term legendary doesn’t quite sum up everything associated with the Isle of Wight Festival. One of the “music Meccas” might indeed be more accurate, but as inspiring as the past is, it’s not what those who are playing today rely on. They have their own futures to write, and what better a place to mark a page of it in, this summer.

Come June, music lovers will be treated to four days’ worth of entertainment from an assortment of groups and performing artists. On Thursday, the opening day of the festival, sees Wet Wet Wet perform, with plenty of classics to choose from. The Friday has acts including Noel Gallagher (headliner) and his High Flying Birds, The Courteeners, James, Lily Allen, and others. Saturday sees George Ezra top the bill. He will play following sets from Rick Astley, KT Tunstall, Bastille, and a special guest, Mr Norman Cook (a.k.a. FatBoy Slim). Sunday’s line up includes Biffy Clyro, who will be curtain callers on the event. Richard Ashcroft, Madness, Jess Glynne are also down to play. If all that isn’t enough then the “Big Top” stage has the Hacienda Classical, Garbage, Miles Kane, The Coral and Mystery Jets, amongst others.

Now is the time to book and plan who you are going to watch. With an eclectic range to choose from, this year’s offerings seem to have something for everyone. It’s never a bad thing to have choice. Organisers have certainly provided that for attendees.

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All words by Benjamin Francis Cassidy, for more of his writing visit his archive.

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Benjamin Francis Cassidy lives in Longsight, Manchester, with his cat, Lucy. He was born in 1982 in Blackpool (Ben, not the cat!). Following many years drifting he finally returned to education, graduating in summer 2018, from Manchester Metropolitan University, in English and Creative Writing. With a lifelong love of live music and a deep love of the magic it makes, he previously contributed to MCR Live! and is now proud to write and be a part of Louder Than War. He also contributes to Haunt Manchester and various charity/social enterprise blogs. He writes fiction, appearing in a Comma Press anthology and other websites as well as poetry which he occasionally performs. He supports Liverpool F.C and his favourite band are The Beatles. Ben believes love is the answer and truly all we need.


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