The Isle of Wight Festival is renowned as “The’ Festival that opens the UK’s Festival season every summer. The heritage of The Isle of Wight Festival stretches almost half a century and it’s stages have hosted some of the Biggest names in the history of music. Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Jay-Z, Bon Jovi, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Doors, Joni Mitchell and Bruce Springsteen. The list just goes on on and on.
The Festival is owned by John Giddings, an Isle of Wight resident and businessman as well as an established music promoter. Jon Giddings took over the Isle of Wight Festival in 2002, curating every part of the Festival. An amicable, approachable gentleman, he can be found flying around in a Golf Buggy or look after the needs of the celebrity guests backstage. His feet are firmly rooted to the Festival site and this personal attention is one of the reasons, the Isle of Wight Festival remains one of the most sought after Events of the Year.
I’m a huge believer in fate, so what better way to begin a great career as a Professional Music Photographer and Videographer. Seven years ago a commercial photography career involving concert music didn’t exist and Lee Blanchflower had never shot a band. A chance encounter on Facebook with my good friend and international drumming legend Steve Barney, led to spending some backstage time with ‘The Wanted’ and another impromptu photoshoot with a pretty much unheard of band called ‘Lawson.’ One magazine publication later and a number of locked doors opened for me as if by magic into the crazy world of ‘Three Songs, No Flash’ and a once in a lifetime chance to work in close proximity with some of the the greatest music artists on the planet. It was the start of almost a decade shooting Musivc Photography, Concert Photography & Festival Photography, before being signed up to an International Agency in 2013.
Working as a Commercial Photographer and shooting Professional Press Photography opens doors to some great working environments. We love the Isle of Wight Festival. Heading out on the Ferry is almost like traveling abroad with all of the home comforts of being in the UK. In 2017, the weather held despite some vey shady forecast and the wellington boots were dispatched to the boot of the car and replaced with bandanas and suncream. Working with a dedicated wiring assistant, we covered press imagery from Friday through to Sunday shooting for a well known Press Agency and supplying images to The Daily Mail, The Sun and a number of independent newspapers.
Every once in a while a Photographer will get a lucky a nice ‘exclusive photography set’, where nobody else gets images. We took our chance at the Isle of Wight Festival with Professional Footballer Peter Crouch & model wife, Abbey Clancy. The pair spent the weekend partying at the Isle of Wight Festival and turned up early Sunday morning to carry on partying after a late night and watch Abbey’s brother John, frontman in the band, Judas.
Isle of Wight Festival Line-Up 2017
The 2017 line up was an eclectic mix of music spanning decades of musical tastes. David Guetta headlined along with Rod Stewart & Arcade Fire alongside Kaiserchiefs, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bastille, Run DMC, Texas and many more. The Blanc Creative Team have put together a snapshot of the weekend covering some of the best moments we captured.