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Follow Jay-Z and The Strokes to the Isle of Wight in 2010

30th November 2009 Print

With news that Jay-Z and The Strokes will be headlining the 2010 Isle of Wight Festival, Wightlink has announced it will be offering 1,000 Early Bird ferry-inclusive festival tickets at a reduced price.

2010 is the big one for the Isle of Wight Festival – the 40th anniversary of the ground-breaking 1970 event headlined by the legendary Jimi Hendrix, which set the bar for music events worldwide. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 4th December for the 9th Isle of Wight Festival, taking place from 10th–13th June at Seaclose Park, Newport, and with today’s news (Monday 30th November) that Jay-Z will headline on the Friday night and The Strokes on Saturday, demand is likely to be every bit as strong as in previous years. It has also been announced that Pink will appear on Sunday, and there will be performances by Blondie, Orbital and Squeeze over the weekend.

Cross-Solent operator Wightlink ( has allocations of the three-day Festival passes and is offering these in a range of ‘ticket and travel’ weekend packages for the 2010 event. To celebrate the 40 years since Hendrix gave his last major performance, Wightlink is offering festival-goers an exclusive Early Bird offer, with reduced ferry fares for the first 1,000 tickets sold.

The Sunday headliner is expected to be announced shortly, followed by the full line up for the three-day event, but it promises to be packed with the best of British and top international acts. Over the past eight years the superstar turns have included the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, R.E.M and The Police, as well as a host of contemporary stars like Basement Jaxx, The Prodigy, Kaiser Chiefs and Muse.


Wightlink is offering reduced ferry fares for the first 1,000 tickets sold, with three-day inclusive non-camping festival and travel tickets priced at £145 for foot passengers and £214 for car and driver. Further reductions have been made for festival-goers travelling together, so four people in one car will pay £634 – or £158.50 each. Camping-inclusive packages are also available for £165 per person for foot passengers and £234 for a car and driver, while four adults travelling in one car will pay £714 – or £178.50pp.

Once the first 1,000 tickets have sold, three-day inclusive non-camping travel ticket prices will revert to £151 for foot/additional car passengers and £216 for a car and driver. Camping-inclusive packages will cost £171 per person for foot/additional car passengers and £236 for a car and driver. Special rates are available for motorbikes and children aged 12 or under.