If a music festival is a gap year essential, the Isle of Wight festival in June is one of the UK's best. This year, those on their travels elsewhere can even watch the action live on Sky in 3D. Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters and Kasabian are headlining.
Taking place from 10–12 June at Seaclose Park, Newport, the Sky 3D broadcast is a festival first.
The 10th Isle of Wight Festival will also include performances from Britpop legends Pulp, plus Plan B, The Script, Kaiser Chiefs and the Manic Street Preachers.
As most peak-time ferry crossings have now sold out, Wightlink suggests considering a Nightflyer fare, travelling out from Portsmouth or Lymington between 9pm and 5am and back between 10pm and 4am.
A return ticket for a car plus driver costs from £40.50, with additional passengers £11.60pp. Or leave the car at home and travel on foot, a return crossing on the Wightlink catamaran from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head costs from £30pp including bus travel to and from the Festival site.
“Every year a number of people leave booking ferry crossings to the last minute and then struggle to get across to the Island in time to catch their favourite acts," said Wightlink Marketing Manager Kerry Jackson.
"We have limited space available so festival goers need to book now to avoid a last minute panic, getting stuck on the mainland or swimming across the Solent!”