This weekend will see 50,000 music fans heading to the Isle of Wight for one of the UK’s best loved music festivals.
The Isle of Wight Festival 2012 looks set to be a big success, the event seems to have bucked concerns about the economic climate as well as concerns about the actual climate, which has been rather wet of late.
While the event isn’t completely sold out at the time of writing this post it isn’t far away (all the camping tickets are gone).
This year’s festival has a rather interesting transatlantic split; for headliners we have a trifecta of American legends, while the rest of the bands on the bill are almost exclusively home-grown:
- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
- Noah and the Whale
- Pearl Jam
- Biffy Clyro
- Tinie Tempah
- Jessie J
- Big Country
- James Walsh
- Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
- Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
- The Vaccines
- Band Of Skulls
- Joan Armatrading
- Steve Hackett
- The Minutes
Another interesting point about this year’s event is the creation of a giant beach for the fans to enjoy.
There is currently a small beach on the festival site next to the river Medina. However, organiser John Giddings decided it wasn’t big enough and had 400 tonnes of sand brought over from nearby Bembridge beach. The plan is go for a classic British seaside resort feel by kitting the beach out with deckchairs and beachballs.
Now I’ve been to a few festivals in my time and have a bit of a habit of going walkabout, making loads of new friends and discovering all the strange little tents and novelty areas. And I must say that a big man-made British seaside resort themed beach sounds like a jolly good idea.
The only problem I’ve found when going walkabout is finding my way back to my friends. It has gotten easier over the years, especially with the introduction of lovely apps like the GroupMe group text app.
Now I’m also a bit of a football fan so I was glad to hear that the organisers have taken Euro 2012 into consideration. There will be a big screen on site showing all the Quarter Final matches. It looks like England are in with a good chance of getting through their group and playing on either Saturday or Sunday night. So I think it’s likely that one of the major acts will be finding their crowd a little light.