Isle of Wight Festival 2006

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Isle of Wight Festival 2006
Genrerock, pop
Dates9–11 June 2006
Location(s)Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight, UK

The Isle of Wight Festival 2006 was the fifth revived Isle of Wight Festival on the Seaclose Park site in Newport on the Isle of Wight. It took place between 9 and 11 June 2006. The attendance was around 55,000 and the event was dubbed the biggest festival in England, because Glastonbury was on its break year.[citation needed] It was the last of three consecutive years of Nokia sponsorship,[citation needed] which saw the likes of The Who, David Bowie and R.E.M. grace the Island stage.

New additions to the festival site included the Bandstand, which allowed local bands to perform, the Carling warm beer amnesty and the Strawberry fields a large area of bars and music venues. The festival achieved island-wide promotion by displaying the 2006 logo on Isle of Wight service buses.[citation needed] These buses were used to shuttle festival goers to a commemorative statue of Jimi Hendrix at Dimbola Lodge in Freshwater Bay near Afton Down (where the 1970 festival was staged).

The festival was filmed and highlights were shown on late night broadcasts on Channel 4. Notable moments included Coldplay covering Lou Reed's 1972 song 'Perfect Day' during their Sunday night headline performance after the ex-Velvet Underground frontman failed to play it in his 'unpredictable' set earlier in the day. Coldplay singer Chris Martin told media that Lou Reed had asked them to do the cover to 'placate the crowd'.[1] The Sunday also saw Procol Harum return to the festival for the first time since they played at the original version of the festival in 1970.

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  1. ^ jj. "Coldplay close Perfect Day at Isle of Wight - Virtual Festivals". Virtual Festivals. Retrieved 11 April 2016.

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