Every Thursday throughout August, The Needles is bringing you the largest pyrotechnical, fire and firework display to hit the south coast in years – and entry is free!


This year’s show will be themed on The Greatest Showman with a distinct circus feel. You can also expect to see 2019 Britain’s Got Talent contestant Derek Sandy performing every Thursday, alongside live circus acts, bands, fire performers and many more. As if that wasn’t enough, The Needles will also be hosting a plastics recycling programme on event days and you could be in with a chance to walk away with a mountain bike, Xbox or Playstation. Set in heritage coastline and offering a range of attractions for all, The Needles is a must visit. Among its most popular attractions is the spectacular chairlift to the
beach, which provides marvellous views of the Island’s famous landmark and naturally coloured sand cliffs. On the beach, there’s the opportunity to take a boat trip for a closer look at the dramatic rocks and lighthouse. Back at the cliff top, visit the sand shop and create your own unique sand souvenir, while at Alum Bay Glass you can watch skilled glassblowers making beautiful glassware. For those with a sweet tooth, master sweet makers demonstrate the art of traditional sweet making at the Isle of Wight Sweet Manufactory. There are so many fun things to do and the kids will love it! New for 2019 is the Dino
Jeep Safari and there’s also the Victorian carousel, tea cups, water walkerz, Jurassic Golf and the amazing 4D cinema! The park has full catering and retail facilities including a licensed tearoom.



Celebrating the Island’s heroes!

We’re looking for local heroes! Here’s the opportunity for YOU to show your appreciation for one of the Isle of Wight’s local heroes!
Perhaps you know someone inspirational who you think deserves recognition. Or maybe you admire someone who has worked tirelessly over the past year to raise funds for charity.
It could be that you genuinely believe you have the best neighbour anyone could possibly ask for, or you know an inspirational leader, or a person who has made a significant difference in the community.
If you do, then here is your chance to say a BIG thank you!
The annual Isle of Wight Radio’s Local Hero Awards are being held in October and Isle of Wight Radio is looking for nominations for members of our community who deserve recognition!
To nominate your local hero, visit Nominations open July 2019.


Wightfibre support Local Heroes

This is the sixth year Wightfibre has sponsored Isle of Wight Radio’s Local Heroes Awards.
WightFibre CEO, John Irvine, said Local Heroes is all about recognising people who care and do something exceptional. WightFibre really care about our customers and we are delighted to join Isle of Wight Radio once again, to celebrate island people, who also care and go the extra mile in their contribution to the community. It reflects our company ethos of ‘going the extra mile’ for our customers. Wightfibre, sponsoring the Isle of Wight Radio Local Heroes Awards, because we care.


Million Dollar Bash to celebrate iconic festival

A one-day festival at the County Showground will mark the golden anniversary of the 1969 IW Festival.

‘Million Dollar Bash’ will take place on Saturday, August 31st, exactly half a century on from the iconic festival that featured Bob Dylan, The Who, Free, Joe Cocker and other musicians, drawing 150,000 fans to Woodside Bay.
The star-packed bill will include many who played on the same stage as Dylan all those years ago, including Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle, alongside Wishbone Ash, Dylancentric, Blair Dunlop and many others. More names from the ‘69 festival will be announced soon.
Million Dollar Bash is the latest celebration organised by All Wight Now, the group dedicated to honouring the original 1968-70 festivals. All Wight Now’s founding chairman Andy Knight said: “It’s about the music, the memories and the legacy.”
The Bash will be an all-day family-friendly festival. There will also be performances from leading poets, an exhibition of the original 1969 IW sound gear and a photographic exhibition of Charles Everest’s festival photography, curated by his son, Neil. Acclaimed sculptor Guy Portelli will showcase his sculpture of Bob Dylan and a glass mosaic panel featuring handprints contributed by many of the festival artists.
See all confirmed acts and order tickets online at
To accompany the Million Dollar Bash, a new book: Bob Dylan at the Isle of Wight, 1969, illustrated with many historic photographs from the event, has been published by Medina Publishing. Author Bill Bradshaw tells the story of the remarkable event, drawing on the testimonies of those who organised it, those who starred in it and those who were there to witness it.

Special Islander tickets are also available from That 60’s Place in Cowes and Dimbola Lodge, priced at £40.



Isle of Wight Festival Review 2019

Wellies were required but no amount of rain could ruin the party at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival.

Celebrating 50 years since Bob Dylan played the iconic event, this year’s festival had a Summer of 69 theme, with several acts paying tribute to his work.
Among them was George Ezra, who performed Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright, and Keane’s Tom Chaplin, who gave a mesmerising rendition of Blowing in the Wind.
As ever, the line up was diverse with the headliners, Noel Gallagher, George Ezra, Fatboy Slim and Biffy Clyro, ensuring every musical taste was met.
Whoever graces the stage, the IW Festival has an enviable knack of creating an atmosphere like no other.


IW Festival 2019 – Saturday

This was never more evident than during the mass singalong to anthems such as Richard Ashcroft’s Bittersweet Symphony, Noel Gallagher’s Don’t Look Back in Anger and the dancing frenzy that ensued during Fatboy Slim’s Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat.

IW Festival 2019 – Friday
Main Stage – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

The likes of Rick Astley and Madness proved the perfect afternoon crowd pleasers, while chart-topping acts like Sigala and Jax Jones made the Big Top bulge.
Islanders got their time to shine, with a long list of acts playing the Kashmir Cafe, Electro Love and the Platform One Stage, while Lauran Hibberd and Sub Pacific got the incredible chance to open the Big Top and Main Stage to thousands on Sunday.
Organisers were dealt a blow when the last-minute no show by Jess Glynne disappointed Sunday’s young crowd but it didn’t take away from what was another wonderful weekend.
Keane were tasked with closing proceedings in the Big Top on the Sunday and a set full of singalong hits ensured 50,000 festival goers went home happy.


IW Festival 2019 – Sunday
Big Top – Lauran Hibberd.


IW Festival 2019 – Saturday
Main Stage – George Ezra.


IW Festival 2019 – Saturday
Electro Love – Isle of Wight Radio Presents #daddance.