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.
For further information, visit www.isleofwightfestival.com