Dad-Rockers will be thrilled to hear that they don’t need to stagger too far from their armchairs this year if they want to rock out to their favourite bands from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
This year the Isle of Wight Festival is entertaining two of the biggest dinosaurs of MOR and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Tom Petty will be making his first appearance in the UK in over two decades while Pearl Jam’s only UK festival booking is at the festival. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will close the festival on the Sunday night. You can see a full line-up of bands here, just click on each badge to see each stage.
The Isle of Wight Festival is one of the world’s oldest regular rock festivals but that doesn’t mean that it’s attended and run by a gang of washed up rockers still trying to make out they’re as “groovy” as they were forty years ago. This year’s line up also includes the likes of Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, Noah and the Whale, Jessie J, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
The festival encompasses the Summer Solstice and considering the bands that are confirmed to play already there won’t be many Midsummer’s parties to beat it! As well as the music there will be other entertainments and attractions. The Isle of Wight Festival has always been environmentally conscious, so, in addition to the award winning campaign to Give Bees A Chance there’s also a Love Your Tent initiative. Last year one in six festival goers left their tents behind rather than carrying them home. Along with this they also left 152 tonnes of waste, a full quarter of all that landfill was made up of tents and camping equipment. So, in order to combat that kind of wastefulness the festival organisers have come up with Love Your Tent Commandments:
1. You must Love Your Tent.
2. You must not buy cheap tents, but invest in one that will last for years to come.
3. You must never leave your tent anywhere for someone else to take apart and take to landfill (recycling facilities for all tent parts currently don’t exist)
4. You must RESPECT your tent and the area in which you pitch it.
5. You must spread the word and encourage others to Love Their Tent.
6. You must openly demonstrate your devotion to your tent and send evidence to email@example.com for a chance to win 2013 Isle of Wight Festival tickets.
7. You must love thy neighbour and not disturb them by playing bongos at 4am.
8. You must follow all additional on-site guidelines in order to keep the respect for others and the environment.
9. You must join our community www.facebook.com/LoveYourTent and keep up to date on news from Festival land as well as the chance to enter other exclusive competitions.
10. You must be happy campers and share the love.
As well as all the fun that you can normally expect from a festival the Isle of Wight also boasts its own beach and The Kinetic Playground to enjoy.
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