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Tom Petty to headline isle festival

Published 06/12/2011 | 12:07

Tom Petty
Tom Petty

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers are to play their first major UK show for 20 years after being announced as headliners for next year's Isle Of Wight Festival.

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The band, whose well-known songs include Free Fallin', I Won't Back Down and American Girl, will top the bill on the main stage on Friday June 22.

The show also marks the act's first UK festival appearance.

Petty and his band became huge stars in the US in the late 1970s and have continued to score hits regularly ever since, although they have barely troubled the UK singles chart.

John Giddings, the festival's promoter, said of the band's booking: "It has taken years to achieve but I'm sure it will be worth the wait - they are one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time."

Also appearing at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2012 are Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band, Elbow, Biffy Clyro and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Tickets are on sale now.

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