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The Isle of Wight Festival 2009 was the eighth revived Isle of Wight Festival to be held at Seaclose Parkmarker in Newportmarker on the Isle of Wightmarker. The event took place from 12 to 14 June. Headline acts were confirmed for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights as The Prodigy, Stereophonics and Neil Young respectively.

On 8 June 2009 it was reported that tickets for the festival had sold out, however in an attempt to combat ticket touts, a limited number were held on the door.

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In February 2009 The Charlatans were announced as headline acts for The Big Top Arena, which has continued from 2008. However lead singer Tim Burgess has been given the extra role of curating Sunday's activity by choosing his favourite bands to perform there. He has so far been in talks with various bands, some of which have now been confirmed.


  • A return aerial display by the Red Arrowsmarker on Saturday afternoon.
  • Paolo Nutini doing a surprise performance on the acoustic stage.
  • Neil Young closing his headline set by tearing apart his electric guitar in tribute to Jimi Hendrix.
  • Neil Young performing a cover of the Beatles 'A Day in the Life'.
  • Cheeky banter featuring throughout Goldie Lookin' Chain's set.

Line Up

Main Stage




The Big Top

Thursday (Campers only)





In October 2008 it was rumoured that Oasis would be headlining the festival on the Saturday night, according to the Virtual Festivals website. It claimed that the band would be starting their European tour with the Isle of Wight Festival. This was denied on the 11th February by the festival's organiser.

U2 have also been rumoured to headline on Sunday.

Other festival rumours have included:

BBC comedy stars Gavin & Stacey could be on the bill and it was reported in the News of the World that Horne and Corden were planning on forming a band to perform at the festival.


So far, the Isle of Wight Festival has been shortlisted for the "Best Live Event" category of the 2009 NME Awards.


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