The UK’s oldest festival – first held in 1968 – celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic 1970 festival next year, which secured its place in pop culture history thanks to performances from Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Joni Mitchell and more. Hendrix’s legendary headline performance was his last in the UK and the 1970 festival was the last on the island until it was resurrected in 2002.
Friday’s headliners both make their Isle of Wight Festival debut in 2020; international superstar LIONEL RICHIE will co-headline the Main Stage alongside GRAMMY and BRIT Award-nominated man of the moment LEWIS CAPALDI . Special guest PETE TONG will bring the spirit of the White Isle to Seaclose Park , as he closes the Main Stage on Friday night with his Ibiza Classics.
Since debuting 20 years ago, Saturday co-headliners SNOW PATROL have amassed over 17 million global album sales, 1 billion global track streams and countless award wins. They’re joined in headlining duties by THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS, a duo who redefined the concept of live electronic music, bagged six UK Number 1 albums, four GRAMMY wins and a reputation for a transcendent live experience.
DURAN DURAN, in a UK festival exclusive , will close the Main Stage on Sunday night. The British music icons and purveyors of triumphant pop music will see out the 2020 event in style.
Acts also announced today are (in alphabetical order): BECKY HILL, DIDO, EXAMPLE, HAPPY MONDAYS, JAMES ARTHUR, JC STEWART, KAISER CHIEFS, MAISIE PETERS, PRIMAL SCREAM, SAM FENDER, SHED SEVEN, SIGMA (DJ SET), SUPERGRASS, THE MANOR
With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, four GRAMMYs, the distinction of MusicCares Person of the Year in 2016 and Kennedy Center Honoree in 2017, LIONEL RICHIE is a true music icon. The Alabama native is one of only two songwriters in history to have charted Number 1 records for nine consecutive years. In March 2018, Richie put his handprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, one of the industry’s oldest honors. He makes his Isle of Wight Festival debut on Friday 12th June.
I’m excited to be playing at The Isle of Wight Festival next summer. It’s the first time I’ve performed at the festival and I can’t think of a better way to start the summer! It’s a festival steeped in music history – Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones have all headlined and I’m honoured to be joining the esteemed list! See you all there.Lionel Richie
2019 has propelled LEWIS CAPALDI to superstar status. With his debut album spending six weeks in total at Number 1, it was certified platinum in just 10 weeks. Becoming the biggest streamed week one debut of all time, the album also spawned the country’s biggest smash hit single of the year, Someone You Loved , which spent seven weeks at the summit of the UK’s Official Singles Chart and hit Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. Lewis pairs sad songs with incredible wit and a rampant social media following, earning him fans in Niall Horan, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris and more.
Buzzing to be playing The Isle of Wight Festival next year!! Going to try and keep the other day clear so I can get a few scoops in after I play! See ya next year yaaaaaaas!Lewis Capaldi
There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence PETE TONG has had over the last 20 years. As the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Pete has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. Celebrating the legacy of dance music with Ibiza Classics , the show reimagines some of the most iconic records from the past two decades fusing together visual effects and music technology into phenomenal vibrant orchestral interpretations.
SNOW PATROL emerged as heartsore musical prophets in the shadow of grunge and shallow pop over 20 years ago, striking a chord in the minds, memories and hearts of listeners over six groundbreaking, confessional albums, including Eyes Open , the biggest-selling UK album of 2006. Since then, they’ve racked up five UK platinum albums, an Ivor Novello Award plus GRAMMY and Mercury Music Prize nominations. They play the Main Stage on Saturday 13th June.
THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS have sold more than 12 million albums and six million singles worldwide. Over the course of their 20+ year career, the legendary duo – comprising Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons – have collaborated with the likes of St. Vincent, Beck, Noel Gallagher and Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie. They make their Isle of Wight Festival debut in a headline slot on the Main Stage.
Over their 40 year career, DURAN DURAN have fused pop music, art, technology, and fashion, building a reputation through iconic music videos for tracks Rio , Girls on Film , Hungry Like the Wolf and more, accentuating their confidence and style. The band’s last album, Paper Gods , was their highest-charting release in 22 years and was hailed by critics and fans alike as their best body of work in two decades. Produced by GRAMMY Award-winners Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers, alongside Mr Hudson and Josh Blair, Paper Gods featured collaborations with Janelle Monáe, John Frusciante and more.
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