Thursday 14 December 2017

Biffy Clyro to headline festival

Biffy Clyro are to headline the Isle of Wight music festival next summer
Biffy Clyro are to headline the Isle of Wight music festival next summer

Rockers Biffy Clyro have been unveiled as the first headliners for next year's Isle of Wight Festival with Under Control singer Calvin Harris also announced.

Other big name acts taking to the stage during the first major festival of the summer are Rudimental, Passenger, The 1975 and folk-rock legends The Waterboys.

A festival spokesman said: "We're proud to announce the return of the award-winning, anthemic rock trio Biffy Clyro, who we're excited to say are appearing in an English festival exclusive.

"We'll also be joined by another Scottish great, who'll be closing the night, the one and only international superstar, Calvin Harris. Both artists have risen through the ranks with phenomenal shows and chart topping music, so get ready for a very special weekend.

"Prior to their performances, electronic outfit Rudimental will take to the stage for much- anticipated guest set."

Simon Neil, from Biffy Clyro, said: "We are over the moon to announce that we will headline the main stage of the Isle of Wight Festival next year. To follow the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam is an honour. We cannot wait to get back to this iconic festival, and this beautiful island."

John Giddings, the festival's promoter, said: "Friday night is going to kick it out of the park with Biffy and Calvin and special guests Rudimental - I can't wait. Having Passenger and The 1975 already on board we're set for one of our most contemporary years, with the class of The Waterboys complementing the young guns nicely."

He added: ""Over the last couple of years people have said they want something that really gets the weekend going, we have had Faithless and the Prodigy and now we have the best of both worlds with Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris with Rudimental as well.

"It's going to be a banging night. It's something for the young people and that's a deliberate move and the reaction has been fantastic."

Michael Rosenberg, of Passenger which has achieved a hit single this year with Let Her Go, said: "I can't wait to play at the Isle of Wight Festival. I played there on a small stage a few years ago and had an amazing time. It'll be great to get back there."

Matthew Healy, from Manchester group The 1975, said: "The Isle of Wight Festival has such a rich musical heritage. We can't wait to play there in the summer."

The Isle of Wight Festival is returning for its 13th year to Seaclose Park in Newport since it relaunched the classic events which took place between 1968 and 1970 which featured acts such as Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Dylan and brought hundreds of thousands of hippies to the island.

The event now features several stages and a variety of attractions, including a beach bar and art installations with campers being able to choose from the normal sites and glamping areas offered by Tangerine Fields and other providers.

Early bird tickets go on sale on Thursday, December 12, for the event which runs from June 12 to 15, 2014.

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