The Isle of Wight Festival has announced the 2021 line up. Taking into consideration UK Government’s roadmap on easing COVID restrictions, the event has postponed its happening from June until mid-September 2021 and the capacity will be reduced to 50,000 people for this year. However, the event seems ready to host international stars: the confirmed headliners are Liam Gallagher for Friday, Snow Patrol and David Guetta for Saturday, whereas Duran Duran will close the festival on Sunday 19th.
There will be many surprises for this year’s Isle of Wight. Indeed, the festival acquired by Live Nation in 2017 will feature the performances of veteran performer Tom Jones, The Script, Example and James Arthur, amongst more than 50 other performers. The organisers reassure that the reduced capacity event will still happen at its original venue – allowing social distancing – and that there will be more handwashing facilities, as part of the robust COVID measures the team is taking into consideration.
John Giddings, founder of Solo Agency and promoter of the event, stated: ‘Our audience always has an incredible time at the festival and we’re thrilled with the line-up on offer for them. It’s a fantastic array of artists; from icons to emerging talent and not forgetting everything still to come from additional stages across the festival. Over the coming months we’ll be watching and learning from the events taking place before us and, of course, liaising with all the relevant authorities to make sure everyone – audience, artists, staff, the community – is kept safe. See you in September!’
Tickets for the event are on sale now on the Isle of Wight Festival website. This gathering is one of the UK summer festivals which planned to go ahead this summer. As previously mentioned, the running of these events will entirely depend on the success of the COVID vaccination campaign, COVID variants and the infection rate, which has to be low enough to ensure a smooth running of the events.