Festivals have always provided music lovers with the chance to see giant acts that don’t regularly hit the road.
And this year is no different, with a string of impressive headline announcements that you’d usually have to hang onto the phone line or keep your finger on the ‘book now’ key to see.
The sort of bands that have fans jamming the lines when tickets go on sale are heading to the Isle of Wight this summer.
Isle of Wight Festival tickets are being snapped up since the announcement of headliners Kings of Leon on the Sunday, Red Hot Chili Peppers on the Saturday and Biffy Clyro on the Friday.
Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 but they consider the festival to be a great honour.
The band have 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.’
Over at Bestival, Rob da Bank is booking the usual eclectic and offbeat mix, including headliners Beck, Outkast and Foals.
The announcement of Beck – topping the bill on the Thursday – has caused a stir. With Morning Phase, his first album in six years, just about to drop and another one rumoured to be already done and dusted, Beck has a wealth of new material.
The Isle of Wight Festival runs from June 12-15 and Bestival from September 4-7.Visit isleofwightfestival.com and bestival.net.