The 1970 event was by far the largest and most famous of the early festivals and the unexpectedly high attendance levels led, in 1971, to Parliament adding a section to the “Isle of Wight County Council Act 1971”, preventing overnight open-air gatherings of more than 5,000 people on the island without a special licence from the council.

Headline Act (Friday) – Kasabian, The Script
Headline Act (Saturday) – Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher
Headline Act (Sunday) – The Killers, Van Morrison

On 6 November 2007, the Isle of Wight Festival was named ‘Best Major Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards. The performances by Muse and The Rolling Stones at the last festival were a major influence. At the same event, the coordinator of the festival, John Giddings, won the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to UK festivals’. At the 2015 Awards, the Isle of Wight Festival won the award for ‘Best Family Festival’ and ‘Headline Performance of the Year’ for Fleetwood Mac.

The Festival also won ‘Best Event’, Isle of Wight Visitor Attraction Association Awards, 2015

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