ROCK royalty, Queen + Adam Lambert have been announced as the first headliner for next year’s Isle of Wight Festival.
The show will be the band’s only UK show in 2016.
Guitarist Brian May said: ‘I think Queen at The Isle of Wight Festival is a date that was long overdue.
‘How incredible to take on this challenge at this point in our lives?
‘With an injection of new blood in the shape of the incredible Adam Lambert, Queen will be ready to tear it up on this legendary stage in 2016. Freddie would have loved it. Can’t wait.
Roger Taylor said: ‘When I think of The Isle of Wight Festival I think of Hendrix, Dylan and The Who. What immortal company to be in! Queen are thrilled to be there and can promise a special night.’
Adam Lambert added: ‘I’m so excited to be a part of The Isle of Wight Festival and share the stage once again with the Queen family.
‘I adore making music with Roger and Brian, and am thrilled to help continue their legacy into 2016.
‘It is true I have large shoes to fill so I’m urgently planning on searching for a new pair of boots – or five – to wear for the set.”
The Bohemian Rhapsody hitmakers will close the festival on Sunday, June 12.
I think Queen at The Isle of Wight Festival is a date that was long overdue. How incredible to take on this challenge at this point in our lives?Brian May, Queen guitarist
Festival boss John Giddings said: ‘It’s an honour for us to have Queen + Adam Lambert at our festival.
‘It’s the perfect way for us to celebrate our 15th anniversary. Queen’s music appeals to people of all generations and it’s hard to think of another band with such a famous collection of songs.
‘It’s going to be an incredible moment for The Isle of Wight Festival when they share these songs with us.’
In an incredible career spanning four decades, Queen’s indelible influence is unrivalled, with a staggering list of awards, accolades and honours to their name including seven Ivor Novellos, an MTV Global Icon Award and two songs enshrined in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Their record sales are in the hundreds of millions - including their Greatest Hits collection which sold more than 6m copies in the UK alone, and a string of number one albums and chart topping singles, including We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Don’t Stop Me Now, and Somebody to Love.
2016 will mark the 15th anniversary of The Isle of Wight Festival since it was successfully relaunched in 2002, with a proud heritage of show-stopping headliners such as Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, The Killers, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Blur and Fleetwood Mac.
The Isle of Wight Festival takes place June 9-12 next year at Seaclose Park, Newport. A full range of ticket options are available from isleofwightfestival.com