Festival Preview: Isle Of Wight

The Isle of Wight Festivalcontinues to reel in big names to the sultry British Isle. Frequently opting to cater to more mature audiences with big names that have been around so long, the acts are often blessed with legendary status. A friend of mine went back in 2012 and one of the headliners that year was ‘the boss’ himself – Mr Bruce Springsteen. That’s just a barometer of the kind of act likely to be at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Headliners
This year, friday is jointly headlined by Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harrisfinalising the weekend are The Kings of Leon, and on the saturday are the almighty, the legendary, Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I’m not the biggest fan of Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris or Kings of Leon, but I know the majority of the planet is- which makes this one hell of a lineup so far. However, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers can often be considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time, by its most die hard fans at the least.

Rock
Of course excluding Calvin Harris, all of the headliners are out-and-out rock bands, ones that nobody can really complain about. As well as these three, the pop stylings of The 1975, Lawson and one of my favourites; Fall Out Boy, can also cater the more mainstream rock fans. The sunday night at The Big Top [stage] is very much rock associated as well with the likes of Travis and The Strypes looking to make an impression.

Hip-Hop/Rap
Festival-goers looking for rap or hip-hop shouldn’t expect much from The Isle of Wight Festival, it’s not what it’s all about, you can only expect to see the likes of Tinie Tempah, Example and Rizzle Kicks who’ve all previously performed there.

Dance/Electronic/Dubstep
Again, this isn’t a genre The Isle of Wight is necessarily renowned for, however there is a fair degree of variety this year. Following the king of EDM at the moment, Calvin Harris, four-peice Rudimental take to the main stage and the saturday under The Big Top is where fans of these genres can find their favourites- Cyril Hahn, Gorgon City, Duke Damont etc.

Indie
Like the rock category, indie is a strong category The Isle of Wight Festival covers, Tom Odell, The Pretty Reckless, Passenger, Chloe Howl, The Horrors are just some of the acts set to perform at The Isle of Wight Festival.

Pop
Rudimental collaborator Ella Eyre is set to perform at yet another UK festival, Katy B brings her melodic, poignant pop to the Isle of Wight, as well as everybody’s favourites -ahem- Dappy, The Vamps and Cher Lloyd. Other pop acts include the likes of John Newman, Clean Bandit, and of course, the immortal Boy George.

Summary
On the whole, it’s a solid lineup. There’s a fair amount of variation and the headliners are more than decent, a few genres are covered well but it’s just not as varied as Bestival or Glastonbury. Another thing to consider is in total there are currently only 49 acts, if you look at Reading & Leeds‘ lineup, it has well over 100 (yes I counted), so if you want to see a lot of music, maybe Isle of Wight isn’t for you.

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