I nearly dropped my latte this morning when I realised they had announced the bulk of the lineup for the Cinch Presents Isle of Wight Festival 2022. You can search for tickets here.
Organisers have kept us guessing in recent years as to when announcements will be made.
A few years ago, there was silence until after Christmas whilst other years have had a great big early announcement. My favourite announcement was when they spelt out Red Hot Chili Peppers on the beach in Ryde ahead of the 2014 Isle of Wight Festival.
Personally, I am delighted with the lineup. There's something for most people and my mother has heard of at least one of the headliners (my annual test of the lineup).
Muse were the biggest surprise for me. They played at the Isle of Wight Festival way back in 2007 (the Rolling Stones weekend) but I had no real inkling that they would return. Well, John Giddings did say in 2014 that he'd like to book them again but I've been rattling that 'rumour' out for the last seven years without it coming true.
Several acts are on the lineup after having to drop out in 2020/2021 (Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Happy Mondays and Pete Tong). The Happy Mondays were originally booked for Thursday night in 2020, so I suspect they might play on that day again.
The big question is whether others which were on the original 2021 lineup might be added later.
Will we finally get to see Jess Glynne at the Isle of Wight Festival? What about Chemical Brothers, Black Eyed Peas and Dido. None of them have never played the Isle of Wight Festival before.
Saturday night looks like it is becoming the dance/indie combo night at the Isle of Wight Festival. In 2021 we had Snow Patrol and David Guetta. In 2019 it was George Ezra and Fat Boy Slim.
Kasabian are returning to the festival for the fourth time after playing in 2007, 2011 and 2018. Nile Rodgers is back for a second time. He played in 2018, as did Blossoms.
The £1 Festival
As I've said several times before, the Isle of Wight Festival is still remarkably good value. The ticket price in 2012 was £180. In 2022, it will be £195. A £15 increase in 10 years is good going, even with the obligatory booking fees.
There were also early bird bargains for anyone willing to buy a ticket without seeing the lineup. Isle of Wight Residents were able to get an early bird ticket for a bargain £125. To put that in context, the cheapest ticket on sale today for Lionel Richie's concert in London is £124. That's a whole heap of music for an extra £1.
Personally, I have shifted in my view of what a festival should provide. At one time, I had a minute-by-minute plan of which acts I wanted to see.
The lineup is still important but I'm much happier to wander around and see a little bit of everything rather than obsessively ticking off bands. My favourite moments in recent years have been viewing the site from the top of the big wheel or taking the kids to see Milkshake Party Party Live.
A polite suggestion for 2023
My polite request (if anyone is interested) is that we could do with a female headliner at Isle of Wight Festival 2023. By my reckoning, the Isle of Wight Festival has never had a female headliner in its 22-festival history. Amy Winehouse shared a stage with The Rolling Stones in 2007 and an Abba tribute headlined on Thursday in 2008, but I'm not sure either of those count.
Feel free to politely correct me if I'm wrong, or offer suggestions of which female artists you'd like to see headlining.
My vote goes to Pink (she performed a terrific set in 2010), Bjork, Florence + The Machine, Alanis Morrissette or The Spice Girls (don't hate me, the kids love them).
Update - January 2022
I've realised that Fleetwood Mac (featuring Stevie Nicks) headlined the Isle of Wight Festival in 2015. Sorry about the omission.
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