MUSIC fans are bound to be Happy at the news that US star Pharrell Williams, dance-rock pioneers The Prodigy and multi-platinum rock duo The Black Keys have been added to the bill of next year’s Isle of Wight Festival.
Today’s announcement follows hard on the heels of Monday’s news that rock legends Fleetwood Mac had signed up to a UK festival exclusive to close the event on Sunday, June 14.
The Prodigy and The Black Keys will top Friday night’s bill, but it was not confirmed which day Williams is due to play.
Festival organiser John Giddings added: ‘With a brand new album coming out next year it’s great to welcome The Prodigy back to The Isle of Wight Festival – they never fail to deliver and are one of the best live acts around.
‘We’re all big fans of The Black Keys and their live show is phenomenal, I know they’re going to go down well with the crowds.
‘And of course man of the moment Pharrell Williams, this just continues to reaffirm him as one of music’s most exciting and crowd-pleasing artists around.’
The Prodigy have sold more than 25m albums worldwide and won two BRITs as well as scoring three number one albums including hits like Voodoo People, No Good (Start The Dance), Firestarter, Breathe and Omen.
In a statement, they said: ‘We are psyched to be playing at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015, we’ll be bringing the new noise – bring it on!’
The Black Keys released their eighth studio album Turn Blue earlier this year, which topped the US album charts. They have so far won six Grammys and a BRIT.
Patrick Carney of The Black Keys added: ‘The Isle of Wight Festival has so much history and we are really pleased to have been invited to headline in 2015 and look forward to being part of such great rock and roll heritage.’
And Williams has been responsible for some of the past year’s most catchy songs, including Daft Punk’s Get Lucky and Blurred Lines featuring Robin Thicke & T.I as well as his worldwide smash single Happy, which peaked at No. 1 in 24 countries and sold 10m copies.
He said: ‘I’m really excited to be coming to the UK to play at The Isle of Wight Festival next summer! Such a cool festival, with an amazing musical history and I’m just really honoured to be part of it.’
The Isle Of Wight Festival is now in its 14th since it was revived, and offers up 12 stages of live music as well as a variety of other entertainment and activities.
It takes place on June 11 to 14 at Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight. Adult weekend tickets without camping are £185, with camping they cost £195. Tickets go on sale from 9am this Friday at isleofwightfestival.com