Isle of Wight Festival Line-up 1970 vs 2016!

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight festival was born in 1968 and had a burst of 3 amazing years of iconic performances. After a break of 34 years the festival was relaunched in 2002 and is now well known for kicking off the summer festival season. This year, the stages will be graced by the Stereophonics, Faithless, Queen + Adam Lambert, and none other than The Who, who’s first Isle of Wight performance was back in 1970.

Check out who else was in the line-up back in 1970:

Jimi Hendrix

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This was the highlight of the festival back in 1970, and was Hendrix’s last major performance before his death in September of the same year.

The Who

They first performed in 1970 and are now performing this iconic festival again 46 years later!


One month into their recording career and with a newly released album, this would have been one of the only occasions the original members of the band performed together, including; Richard Palmer, Robert Millar, Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies.

Miles Davis

Miles Davis and his musicians strolled onto the stage on a sticky Sunday afternoon in 1970, dressed in fringe and velvet, instruments in hand. Ready to blow away an audience of 600,000 people; the biggest crowd ever faced by a jazz musician.

The Doors

Absolutely rocking the stage in 1970, The Doors performed Back Door Man, Break On Through, When the Musics over and many more.

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell’s performance made music history when her set was interrupted by Yogi Joe, a hippie who proceeded to make a speech about the people at the festival in an encampment built of straw bales, known as Desolation Row. After he was escorted off the stage, Joni calmed the crowds with a teary chastisement and then carried on with her set.

Jimi Hendrix

These amazing performers were also joined by Tiny Tim, Leonard Cohen, Joan Baez, Chicago and Procol Harum – if this line up from the 70s is anything to go by, this year’s festival should be pretty epic too!

You can buy tickets to this year’s Isle of Wight festival here!