A HOST of iconic performances from past Isle of Wight festivals will be included in a front room festival line-up on the weekend the event was due to take place.

Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Coldplay, Rolling Stones, The Who and more will be included in the virtual event.

Absolute Radio have looked back into the Isle of Wight Festival archives to programme the event, which will be aired between June 12 and 14.

Listeners are encouraged to don their best festival gear, crank up the volume and celebrate some incredible performances from Isle of Wight Festivals gone by.

Performances across the weekend will include the band that Absolute Radio listeners voted the second best live act ever - Foo Fighters. Plus, for the first time, listeners will hear tracks from David Bowie’s last ever live UK performance and from The Who’s seminal 1970 festival set.

More exclusive festival highlights include Depeche Mode, Biffy Clyro, Blondie, Iggy Pop and Sheryl Crow.

A total of 22 sets will be broadcast on Absolute Radio from 7pm each night. Listeners will also be able to win tickets to next year’s Isle of Wight Festival, which has been confirmed for June 17 to 20 2021.

The line-up was announced by Absolute Radio’s Andy Bush and Richie Firth who said: “Everyone is missing live music right now, and while we’re devastated we won’t be back at The Isle of Wight Festival this year, we think this is the next best option. With so many highlights from over the years, we believe this is the greatest festival line-up of all time. We know that people are going to be able to crack open a beer and pretend they’re really in the front row! We can’t wait.”

The festival will get under way on Friday June 12 with festival favourites James and end with ex Beatle Paul McCartney who headlined the festival in 2010.

David Bowie's iconic 2004 set gets top billing on Saturday night when the line up will also include Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Police.

Rolling Stones epic 2007 set, which featured Amy Winehouse, and The Who's legendary 1970 performance will take centre stage on the final night.