The Isle of Wight Festival began in the 1960s, when the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and The Who graced its stage. It’s thought that 600,000 people attended the festival in 1970 – and rumour has it many of them never left the small island off the South Coast.
Unfortunately, the festival was forced to go on hiatus after the 1970 instalment, but it returned 32 years later in 2002. Over a decade on from its second coming, the festival is one of the UK’s largest, attracting over 60,000 music fans each year.
This year Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Kings of Leon are set to headline the festival, which takes place on 12-15 June.
In anticipation of the 2014 edition, festival chief John Giddings takes a look at the festival’s past, present and future – watch it below.