When you think of the biggest concerts in the history of time what comes to your mind?
At number one we see Rod Stewart at Copacabana Beach in 1994. A staggering 3, 500, 000 attended the New Year celebrations. Number two is the New York Philharmonic in Central Park, 1986, with 800, 000 people celebrating the re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty. At number three we have Gareth Brooks in Central Park with 750, 000 attending. Number four is Steve Woziak’s 1983 US Festival which was held in California and had 670, 000 attendees. Number five is the Summer Jam at Watkins Glen with 600, 000 attendees in New York.
Number six sees one of the most surprising and proudest entries: the Isle of Wight Festival. Yes, our very own concert/festival, which still stands as the biggest ever concert held in the UK with 600, 000 attendees. People flocked, staying in IOW accommodation, to experience this festival which had the Who, The Doors, and Jimi Hendrix’s last ever performance prior to his death. At number seven we see Simon and Garfunkel, holding their second reunion concert in Central Park in 1981, 500, 000 attendees. Number eight is the Toronto SARS Benefit 2003 with 450, 000. Number nine? Yes you got it, Woodstock, in 1969. The pop culture event of the decade saw Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana and the Who, to name but a few, performing to 400, 000 hippies, the event celebrated peace. At number 10 was the Blockbuster RockFest in 1997 with 385, 000.
The good news is, the Isle of Wight festival is still going and continually grows in popularity. If, like hundreds of thousands of others, you fancy going then it is being held this year on the 11th June for three days. If camping is a little too raw for you, why not try some other Isle of Wight Accommodation so you can have a little luxury after your long days partying at the festival?