Returning in 2002 after a 32-year gap, Isle of Wight Festival has slowly been building its status as a festival giant. It has grown in the last decade from a two day occasion to a four day affair with over 50,000 people attending, and has seen its line up grow to rival others.

However it has not come without controversy. Despite pulling in giant headliners (2012’s Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty are personal faves), the festival hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons last year as some eager festival-goers spent the night on a ferry, with other traffic backed up throughout the small island as poor conditions meant parking facilities were either difficult to reach or just completely unsuitable. In addition to this, there’s always a whisper each year that local residents are unhappy with the nuisance and disruption it brings to the town of Newport, in the heart of the island. Local councillors and politicians have been very vocal about their dislike for the festival.

Yet still, we have managed to cling on to our Isle of Wight Festival for another year. From June 13-16 The Stone Roses, The Killers and Bon Jovi headline respectively, bringing national and international talent to the island. The festival provides a real mix in its line-up, catering for old and young alike, with favourites including Blondie, T’Pau, Boomtown Rats and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel catering for the post-80s punters, and the likes of Everything Everything, Bastille, Little Mix and Lawson for hip young chart-lovers.

There’s also a dance tent featuring a set by Example & DJ wire, as well as performances from Madeon, Benga & Youngman, Damien Lazarus and Ghostpoet. And if you’re one of the ones lucky enough to have Thursday tickets, you can catch Ms Dynamite, Grandmaster Flash and Jaguar Skillz on the 13th. Though if that’s not your forte, then you can catch Happy Mondays, The Farm and Blockheads in the Big Top on Thursday.

There really is something for everyone at Isle of Wight, as the festival adds new attractions and entertainment every year. New for 2013 is The Cabaret Club, Bohemian Woods and outdoor hot tubs. So there’s no excuse not to get involved in the festival. Whether you’ve got a ticket, or have to make do with highlights on TV, Isle of Wight 2013 is not to be missed.

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