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Isle of Wight Festival announces virtual event

The festival has teamed up with Absolute Radio for three days of live music.

Isle of Wight Festival have joined forces with Absolute Radio for a long weekend of live music from 12 – 14 June 2020.

The festival had planned to bring Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, The Chemical Brothers and Duran Duran to its historic stage, but forced to cancel the physical event, will now delve into he vaults for performances by global superstars such as Paul McCartney, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones.

From 19:00 BST each night, Absolute Radio will air selected sets from the festival’s history, including Bowie’s last ever UK performance.

Sarah Champion, Ben Burrell, Danielle Perry, Ross Buchanan and Bush and Richie will host across the weekend, on what is being dubbed the Front Room Festival.

It continues the illustrious legacy of the festival, which first ran for three years from 1968 until 1970, before being revived in 2002 and calling Isle of Wight’s Seaclose Park home ever since.

As evident in the Absolute Radio line-up, the festival has hosted some of the world’s most influential stars across the years, most recently welcoming Noel Gallagher, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro to the top of the bill in 2019.

Listen to Absolute Radio on DAB nationwide, on their free app, and on Freeview, Sky, and Virgin Media TV.


Isle of Wight Festival x Absolute Radio line-up

Friday 12 June 2020

  • Paul McCartney
  • Foo Fighters
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Depeche Mode
  • Snow Patrol
  • Blondie
  • James

Saturday 13 June 2020

  • David Bowie
  • Coldplay
  • Iggy Pop
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • The Police
  • Texas
  • Supergrass

Sunday 14 June 2020

  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Who
  • Kings of Leon
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  • Kasabian
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Ocean Colour Scene

As well as airing across the weekend on Absolute Radio, Sky Arts will also be hosting highlight coverage from previous years, presented by Edith Bowman and Will Best, running simultaneously from 19:00 BST until midnight.

Footage will include performances by David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Fatboy Slim, Iggy Pop, Faithless, The Prodigy and many more.


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