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Bon Jovi to head Isle of Wight festival line-up

Posted 14 December 2012
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Bon Jovi to head Isle of Wight festival line-up
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People planning to enjoy the Isle of Wight Festival next summer (June 13th-16th) may feel the event is more than "halfway there" to having an outstanding line-up after details of lead acts were announced.

Rockers Bon Jovi will headline the festival, performing on the Sunday in front of adoring crowds of fans, many of whom will be staying onsite in tents.

They are just one of the stellar names on show, with the Stone Roses, Blondie, the Happy Mondays, Paloma Faith, Bloc Party, The Farm and Republica also pencilled in and many more to come.

Thursday June 13th will see the Happy Mondays and The Farm starring in the Big Top, with Ellie Goulding and Fun there on the Friday night and Blondie being followed by Republica on the Sunday.

Friday sees the action starting on the main stage, with headliners the Stone Roses being followed by Jake Bugg. The stage will then host Bloc Party, the Maccabbees and Bonnie Raitt on the Saturday, with Bon Jovi, Paloma Faith and The Script on the Sunday.

Fans may wish to start picking up their camping accessories soon while looking out for more news of additions to the line-up.

Most people will be reaching the island from the mainland, catching ferries from south coast ports like Southampton, Portsmouth or Lymington, with bus connections between the festival site at Seaclose Park in Newport and the ferry ports at Yarmouth (Bus Station), Ryde (Bus Station), Cowes (Carvel Lane Co-op) and East Cowes (Well Road).

The festival campsite will open at noon on June 13th and tents can stay there until mid-day on the 17th, by whch time most will be in the queue for the ferry. Campers are asked to only bring tents that are large enough for the number sleeping in them, to avoid using up too much space, while cooking using camping gas stoves or disposable BBQs is restricted to certain areas - so those arriving early may be able to grab pitches near to these.

Music fans can also visit the island next September for Bestival, which is held at Robin Hill Country Park from September 5th-8th.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801506759-ADNFCR