Fleetwood Mac announced as headliners for next year’s Isle of Wight Festival

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ROCK giants Fleetwood Mac are the first headliners to be announced for next year’s Isle of Wight Festival.

The multi-Grammy award winning band will close the event at Seaclose Park, Newport on the island, on Sunday, June 14.

It will be their first ever performance at the festival which takes place next year from June 11 to 14.

In a statement, Fleetwood Mac said: ‘We’ve always wanted to come to the UK to play The Isle of Wight Festival, and so we are delighted that in 2015, we are finally making it happen!

‘So many of our fellow artists and friends have played at this historic event over the years, and we can’t wait to see all of our fans on the island next summer.’

The legendary act had long been rumoured to be headlining next year’s Glastonbury Festival – which the band themselves had vociferously denied.

Festival organiser John Giddings added: ‘It’s no secret that Fleetwood Mac have been on my wishlist for The Isle of Wight Festival for some time now, so I’m very pleased and extremely proud to have them headline next year’s event.

‘With Christine now back in the band too, it is going to be a momentous occasion, a moment in music history.’

It was recently confirmed that Christine McVie would be rejoining her bandmates Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie for live shows in 2015 following a guest spot during their highly acclaimed concerts at London’s O2 Arena last year.

The band – who originally formed in London in 1967 – are one of the world’s biggest and best selling musical acts, having sold more than of 100m albums worldwide.

Their 1977 number one album Rumours is one of the world’s best selling albums of all time.

In 1988, Fleetwood Mac were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and were honoured with Outstanding Contribution to Music at the BRIT Awards the same year.

Their 2013 World Tour saw them one of only two British bands to break into the top 10 of the Billboard annual US earnings list, along with The Rolling Stones.

Tickets, costing £185 non-camping and £195 with camping, go on sale 9am Friday from www.isleofwightfestival.com