Is The Isle Of Wight Really "The Coachella Of The British Isles"

by guestofaguest · June 15, 2010

Peaches Geldof, Kate Moss, Sadie Frost, and Alexa Chung were among those to park themselves in the grass with a beer in hand at The Isle Of Wight Music Festival. Paul McCartney, Juliette Lewis, and Pink all performed.


So does the Isle of Wight deserve its epithet of "Coachella Of The British Isles"? (An epithet we just made up, by the way...) Let's see...

Star Power:

Isle of Wight

Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, Peaches Geldof, Sadie Frost, Kelly Osbourne


Alexa Chung, Lindsay Lohan, Danny Devito, Kristen Stewart, Beyonce, Anne Hathaway, Katy Perry, Melanie Griffith, Kelly Osbourne

Conclusion: Some familiar faces

Headlining Acts

Isle of Wight: Jay-Z, The Strokes, Blondie, Paul McCartney, Pink

Coachella: Jay-Z, Arcade Fire, Imogen Heap, LCD Soundsystem, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix

Conclusion: Jay-Z the outlier to the Indie-Hipster sounds that make up both (although Kanye made an appearance with Jay-Z at Isle Of Wight)


Isle of Wight: British Island, seashore, breeze, decorum.

Coachella: Indio, desert, lots of fast food joints, wildness

Peaches Geldof                             Lauren Barber, Gary Kemp

Paul McCartney

Sadie Frost                                      Coco Summer

Juliette Lewis

Pink                                                Debbie Harry

Josh Weller, Paloma Faith                   Julian Casablancas

[All photos via Vogue Italia]