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Experience The Isle Of Wight Festival 2002-2023

27 May – 17 Sep 2023


Dimbola Museums and Galleries

Terrace Lane
Freshwater Bay
PO40 9QE

01983 756 814

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Experience The Isle Of Wight Festival 2002-2023


Experience exhibition poster final

Dimbola’s summer show is a celebration of 21 years of the Isle of Wight Festival since it was relaunched by John Giddings in 2002.

This will be the first ever retrospective exhibition of the Isle of Wight Festival that has featured great artists such as David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Pink, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul McCartney, Blondie and so many more. Sponsored by Solo, Barclaycard, The Daisy Rich Trust, The Price is Wight, Wightlink, Briddlesford Farm, The Isle of Wight County Press, Signpost Express, Isle of Wight Distillery, Goddards Brewery and Wight Karting. ‘Experience – the Isle of Wight Festival 2002 to 2023’ will feature photographs from all years of the Isle of Wight Festival, along with atmospheric crowd shots from around the site – you might even spot yourselves! John Giddings is clearing out his IW Festival cupboard to bring a host of items to the exhibition, along with loaning photographs and footage since the Festival began – this will be a real trip down memory lane! Dr Brian Hinton, Chairman of Dimbola, has built an extensive archive of the new Festival and many of these items will also feature in the exhibition, which will take you on a journey through several galleries at Dimbola.

Our opening times are: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 11am-3pm. Normal admission rates apply.