Britpop legends Blur have been announced this morning as the last of the main stage headliners to be added to the Isle of Wight Festival bill.
They four-piece will join Fleetwood Mac, The Prodigy, The Black Keys, Pharrell Williams, Paolo Nutini, Jessie Ware, James Bay, Billy Idol, Paul Oakenfold, The Charlatans and many more acts for the first big festival of the summer, taking place on June 11 to 14 at Seaclose Park.
Absolute Radio broke the news this morning, with Dean Chant from Bognor Regis announcing the final headliner act live on the station’s breakfast show after winning an Isle of Wight Festival competition.
And the band will be releasing their first album as a quartet in 16 years next month – The Magic Whip.
Guitarist Graham Coxon said: ‘These summer shows are going to be quite different to the gigs we did a few years back. We’re excited to play the new record live and we’ll have some surprises in store for the fans too.”
And bassist Alex James said: ‘The British summer is just not complete without a trip to a festival. We’ve never played Isle of Wight Festival before so we’re really looking forward to this one. And we get to take our tour bus on a boat.’
The festival’s promoter John Giddings added: ‘I’m a huge fan of Blur and have always wanted to bring them to the Isle of Wight Festival so I’m really pleased we’ve finally done it!
I know they’re going to blow the crowd away on the Saturday night – see you down the front.’
The revived Isle of Wight Festival, now in its 14th year, is one of the crown jewels of the British summer calendar, with a unique festival experience for music fans of all ages to enjoy.
The festival offers 12 stages of live music over the weekend – including acoustic sets, DJ performances and up-and-coming talent - alongside a huge variety of additional entertainment and activities such as the Bohemian Woods, Intoxicated Tea Rooms and Southsea’s Hipshaker.
Tickets, including camping for the weekend cost £195. Go to isleofwightfestival.com.