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Isle of Wight Festival 2023 – First Acts Announced

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The Isle of Wight Festival today announces Pulp, George Ezra, The Chemical Brothers and Robbie Williams as 2023 headliners for the historic island event. Barclaycard and Three customers can be first in line with exclusive pre-sale access for 48 hours from 9am on Wednesday 2nd November. Tickets are on general sale from 9am on Friday 4th November from www.islewightfestival.com

Widely regarded as one of the most influential British bands of all time, Britpop legends Pulp will play the festival for the first time in 12 years. After sending fans into a frenzy with a cryptic Instagram post in July, Jarvis subsequently confirmed live shows were on the horizon. The band will headline the festival’s Main Stage on Friday night.

George Ezra headlines on Saturday night with his brand of infectious, sunshine-pop, including festival anthems “Budapest”, “Shotgun”, “Green Green Grass” and “Paradise”. Closing the Main Stage on Saturday are The Chemical Brothers, a duo who redefined the concept of live electronic music, bagged six UK Number 1 albums, four GRAMMY wins and a reputation for a transcendent live experience. 

In a UK festival exclusive, Robbie Williams will make his Isle of Wight Festival debut and bring proceedings on the Main Stage to a close on Sunday night. His high-octane live set-up and unmatched showmanship recently received rave reviews from The Guardian, The Times and Rolling Stone UK and his latest album XXV topped the UK Album Chart, earning him his 14th Number 1 album. He’ll entertain the crowd with hits from his 30 year career.

Robbie said: There is something magic about a British festival…us Brits know how to bring the energy. I am thrilled to be headlining the iconic Isle of Wight Festival, it’s a real honour. I can’t wait.

Also joining the line-up are rock icons Blondie, who will play their greatest hits from their career spanning over 40 years. British girl group Sugababes will also perform over the festival weekend, for a set that promises numerous chart-topping hits. Returning to Seaclose Park after a stand-out set in 2021, Sophie Ellis-Bextor will delight the crowd with pop hits and dancefloor fillers and Tiktok star turned Eurovision runner-up turned bonafide pop star Sam Ryder makes his debut. Pop rock band Scouting For Girls, who always put on a storming live performance, also join the festival bill today alongside OneRepublic, the GRAMMY-nominated band behind hits such as “Apologise”, “Counting Stars” and “Love Runs Out”.

James Bay, who last performed at the festival in 2018, returns to perform hits from his three acclaimed studio albums. Global pop star and multi-million selling singer/songwriter Niall Horan will also play the Isle of Wight Festival for the first time. Effervescent pop star Anne-Marie will entertain the crowd with singalong friendly hits including “Rockabye”, “2002” and “Ciao Adios”. Liverpudlian indie titans Echo & The Bunnymen, one of the most influential British bands in modern history, will also perform over the festival weekend.

Playing the Big Top on Thursday night are Groove Armada, with a DJ set packed with their much-loved dance hits to kick off the weekend with a bang, and rockers Manic Street Preachers will close the Big Top on Sunday night. Indie icons Courteeners will perform a set that is sure to encapsulate all of their feel-good festival hits. After playing a packed out Big Top in 2021, Example will return to the island for another electrifying performance.

Pop star MIKA, best known for hits “Grace Kelly” and “Lollipop”, is also joining the line-up, as are 70s synth-pop icons The Human League and indie rock legends The Enemy. After making a highly-anticipated comeback earlier this year, British trio  N-Dubz will perform a special set of their greatest hits. Aussie rockers Gang of Youths, known for their poetic, heart and soul wrenching lyrics, will make their Isle of Wight Festival debut. 

British singer-songwriter Gabrielle, who celebrates 30 years of her multi-platinum selling debut single “Dreams” next year, also joins the bill, alongside festival favourite Ella Henderson. Completing the line-up announcement today are indie newcomers The Reytons and Oh My God! It’s the Church, an all singing, all dancing party church service.

Festival promoter John Giddings said: We’re thrilled to announce this line-up today and welcome truly iconic artists to the island in June. From era-defining bands and electric live performers, to chart toppers and fresh new talent, the Isle of Wight Festival line-up showcases an exciting array of talent spanning 40 years of music.

Announced today (in alphabetical order) are:

Anne-Marie

Blondie

Courteeners

Echo & The Bunnymen

Ella Henderson

Example

Gabrielle

Gang of Youths

George Ezra

Groove Armada DJ

Human League

James Bay

Manic Street Preachers

MIKA

Niall Horan

N-Dubz

Oh My God! It’s The Church

OneRepublic

Pulp

Robbie Williams

Sam Ryder

Scouting for Girls

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Sugababes

The Chemical Brothers

The Enemy

The Reytons

Ticket information is available at www.isleofwightfestival.com.

Ticket prices*:

  • Weekend with / without Camping: £215
  • Islander: £160
  • Student: £190
  • Teen (13-17): £190
  • Child (3-12): £7.50
  • Infant (2 & under): Free
  • Payment plans available

*Prices subject to a booking fee

Camping options: 

  • VIP Festival experience exclusive glamping options are on sale in the Harvest Moon Boutique Village:
    • Pink Moon Camping – choose from a colourful collection of accommodation and enjoy your weekend with a unique camping experience. 
    • Eve’s Tipis – try something different and stay in a tipi, plus enjoy cocktails or champagne from the bar or some hot breakfast options to start your day right. 

Disabled access tickets must be purchased from Ticketmaster, details on how to book can be found at www.isleofwightfestival.com/info/disabled

A variety of travel options including ferry, speed boats, Big Green Coach Company and National Rail can be viewed on the festival’s website.

Barclaycard – official payment partner of the Isle of Wight Festival.

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Co-op is returning to the Isle of Wight Festival and they couldn’t be more excited to be back at the hearts of festival communities in 2023. Come and visit their store where you’ll be able to buy your essential items including food, water, beer, wine and toiletries. Co-op look forward to welcoming you back.

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