Isle of Wight Festival: Red Hot Chili Peppers join the bill

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, January 30, 2014

 

Isle of Wight Festival: Red Hot Chili Peppers join the bill

The sand sculpture at Ryde, which confirmed Red Hot Chili Peppers would headline at this year's Isle of Wight Festival. Picture courtesy of @IsleofWightFest via Twitter.

Red Hot Chili Peppers have been revealed as the latest headliner for June's Isle of Wight Festival today (Thursday).

The news was announced on Appley Beach, Ryde, where a giant sandsculpture of the band's name was unveiled.

It followed days of speculation, fuelled by a series of cryptic clues from organisers on Twitter.

The band, famed for their high-energy shows, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and have a back catalogue filled with hits including Give It Away, Under the Bridge, Scar Tissue and Californication.

They will headline Saturday night in what will be a UK and Ireland exclusive.

The band said: "To headline the Isle of Wight Festival is a once in a lifetime opportunity, following in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix and The Doors. When we were offered the slot, we jumped at the chance.

"It will be our only show in the UK/Ireland this year…so we intend to make it really special."

Festival boss John Giddings said: "Finally, we’ve got them! One of the most exciting rock bands of the modern era come to visit. And, judging by the performances I have seen previously, it will be a highlight in the music history of the festival…Rock the Wight!"

Isle of Wight Festival clue

The final clue given by Isle of Wight Festival organisers on Twitter.

Red Hot Chili Peppers poster

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