Isle of Wight Festival: Friday headliners revealed

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Isle of Wight Festival: Friday headliners revealed

Biffy Clyro will headline the main stage on Friday

SCOTTISH rockers Biffy Clyro will return to the Isle of Wight Festival to headline the main stage, organisers announced today (Tuesday).

In what will be their only English festival appearance next year, the anthemic rock trio will headline on Friday night.

They will be joined on the bill by chart-topper Calvin Harris and Mercury-nominated outfit Rudimental, who will play a guest set.

Other acts set to play over the weekend include Passenger, The 1975 and The Waterboys.

Biffy's Simon Neil said: "We are over the moon to announce we will headline the main stage. 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."

Passenger, also known as singer-songwriter Michael David Rosenberg, whose single, Let Her Go, stormed the charts this year, 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."

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

Festival promoter John Giddings 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."

The festival will be held at Seaclose Park, Newport, from June 12 to 15.

Early bird tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday, from the festival website and Island outlets including the Isle of Wight County Press Shop, Hovertravel, The Blacksheep Bar, Ryde, and Newport Bus Station.

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Calvin Harris


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by Paul Bramley

14th December 2013, at 15:22:51

Where is it good for the local economy? People that have to work that weekend, have problems getting to work, the whole surrounding area gets littered with rubbish, cost a fortune for the site to be cleared. The ferries are all late and booked so no way anyone living here can get off the island if in an emergency.. Personally it is the worst place to have such a large festival. Why not have it away from the central hub of the Island ? I went once and never again, that was the first one. All prices inside are near double or triple anywhere else. Everyone is just ripping the people off. Go across the river and watch it for free !! lol Many do !

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by David Blackford

11th December 2013, at 09:29:03

Mr E. If the beer is cr*p - maybe that's why the lavatories smell

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by john hanson

10th December 2013, at 20:53:00

Beers the same whatever festival you go to so live with it

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by Stephen Elliott

10th December 2013, at 19:45:42

It's become a festival with a poor atmosphere. Toilet areas stink, the beer is to expensive and you feel like a cash cow being led to slaughter!

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by T Rollingsworth

10th December 2013, at 12:20:12

Biffy and Calvin were good at IoW a few years back, and Rudimental always put on a good live set, but Giddings has lost me as a customer- In fact, out of the 20-30 people I know that used to go, only 3 went last year!

He can put whoever he likes on the main stage and I don't think I'd return.
Stopped going a couple of years ago when it was overcrowded, badly laid out and their core audience has shifted.

It's good for the local economy and it could do well, but considering recent years haven't got anywhere near selling out it could indicate time for a management change!

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by Alley Tanquaray

10th December 2013, at 10:28:06

They didn't fancy putting a new act on as a headliner then. Just recycling one of the old acts that have played!

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by David Blackford

10th December 2013, at 10:00:12

Now, now young John - Next you'll be wearing a hairstyle to match

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by John Lennon

10th December 2013, at 09:26:06

C'mon David and Lulu! Get with the times! I'm in my 60's and know all of these artists! Can't wait for Passenger and The Waterboys!

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by lulu arnold

10th December 2013, at 09:03:25

Who?? me neither ,

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by David Blackford

10th December 2013, at 07:37:45

Never heard of them - Am I showing my age?

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