A THEME has been announced for this year's Isle of Wight Festival.

Organisers have chosen a peace, love and understanding theme for the cinch sponsored festival, which is taking place from September 16 to 19.

Festivalgoers are encouraged to channel the harmonious vibes of the 1970 festival and celebrate peace, love and understanding alongside fellow music lovers.

Fans should dress in their colourful rainbow best to commemorate coming together on the Island for the historic music festival.

Those in costume and those who want to witness a spectacle of colour should head to Strawberry Fields at 2pm on the Saturday, where the festival’s best dressed will be crowned.

The winner will receive an exclusive backstage tour and Champagne picnic.

A spokesperson said: "The festival is a summer staple guaranteed to provide unforgettable moments. It’s standing arm in arm with fellow festival goers in Seaclose Park.

"It’s watching the sun go down over the Main Stage, cheering as the fireworks light up the sky.

"It’s revelling in over 50 years of musical history and discovering incredible new artists.

"It’s experiencing the inherently magical island atmosphere. It’s making friends for life and memories to last a lifetime."

A quartet of iconic names will perform on the Main Stage over the Festival weekend, with Liam Gallagher as Friday’s headliner, Saturday headliners Snow Patrol and David Guetta, and Sunday’s headliner Duran Duran, who will close the festival.

Also performing over the weekend are Tom Jones and The Script plus All Saints, Apollo Junction, Are You Experienced? (Jimi Hendrix tribute), Becky Hill, Charlotte Jane, CHINCHILLA, Dylan John Thomas, Ella Henderson, Emily Burns, Example, Foor, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Imelda May, James, James Arthur, James Vincent McMorrow, Kaiser Chiefs, Lawson, Lightning Seeds, LONA, Lucy Blue, Lyra, Maisie Peters, Maxïmo Park, Megan McKenna, New Rules, Primal Scream, Razorlight, Rebecca Hurn, Roachford, Sam Feldt (live), Sam Fender, Scouting For Girls, Seasick Steve, Shed Seven, Sigma (DJ set), Sophie Ellis-Bextor, STONE, Supergrass, The K’s, The Manor, The Snuts, Wet Leg and You Me At Six.

The County Press has a pair of festival tickets to give away.