ISLE of Wight Festival organisers will announce the lineup for the rearranged September music weekend through the event's Twitter page on Friday at 8am.

The festival, which returned to the Island in 2002 under the name Rock Island, had been a feature of the early summer music calendar for almost two decades, before the Covid-19 pandemic scuppered hopes of a 2020 show which was to feature the Chemical Brothers, Lionel Ritchie and the Black Eyed Peas.

Now, with the weekend rearranged for September 16 to 19, an exciting new lineup and reduced capacity of 50,000 has been touted for the show.

Festival organiser John Giddings, the brains behind the revived festival, which had famously been held on these shores during its first run from 1968 to 1970, spoke to the CP earlier this month.

Isle of Wight County Press: Credit: Isle of Wight Festival.Credit: Isle of Wight Festival.

He said: "I'm feeling relieved after all this time and all the negotiations, and with our fingers, arms and legs crossed we can go ahead.

"We went for mid September to get us as far as possible out of Covid, as we didn't want to be the guinea pigs and go first, we wanted to be two to three months along and be confident," he said.

"Other festivals are selling out. People want to go out in the open air and party — they are desperate to go out and have a good time."

Rumours of possible acts currently circulating include Kylie Minogue and the Arctic Monkeys, as well as previously scheduled names such as Lewis Capaldi and Duran Duran.