Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra & Biffy Clyde to headline the Isle of Wight Festival

The incredible NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS headline the opening night of The Isle of Wight Festival 2019, returning to the Festival for the first time since 2012. Chart-topping British singer-songwriter GEORGE EZRA will headline the Main Stage on Saturday 15th June, in what will be his first major UK festival headline performance, a huge milestone following an incredible few years for the 7-time BRIT-nominated artist. Special guest FATBOY SLIM, making his Isle of Wight Festival debut, will keep the party going as he plays until the early hours following George’s performance. Scottish rockers BIFFY CLYRO bring their passionate and rousing live show to the Main Stage on Sunday 16th June, closing the 2019 Festival in what is sure to be an epic headline performance.

Also joining the line-up for this year’s event are: Anne-Marie, Bastille, Courteeners, Dean Lewis, DMA’S, Freya Ridings, Gerry Cinnamon, IDLES, James, Jax Jones, Jess Glynne, KT Tunstall, Lily Allen, Madness, Miles Kane, Mystery Jets, Richard Ashcroft, Rick Astley, Sam Fender, Sigala, Sigrid, The Coral, Tom Walker and Wild Front, with Haçienda Classiçal returning for a second year following last year’s incredible debut in The Big Top.

Isle of Wight Festival UK 2019 first acts poster

NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS will take to the Main Stage on Friday evening, closing the first day of the 2019 festival in style. Since Going solo in 2011, Noel has released 3 studio albums – all debuting at number 1 in the UK Album charts – and toured the world over, encompassing landmark open air shows and festival headline slots. Latest album, Who Built the Moon?, was a record-breaking 10th consecutive UK chart-topping studio album for Noel, a feat which no other artist has achieved. Arguably one of Britain’s greatest British songwriters, Noel and his High Flying Birds will bring an incredible array of songs to the Isle on Friday 14th June.

Since bursting onto the scene in 2013, GEORGE EZRA has become one of the biggest selling male artists of the decade. His debut album, Wanted on Voyage, is certified 4 x platinum in the UK and was one of the biggest selling albums in both 2014 and 2015. It hit number 1 and spent a whopping 122 weeks in the charts overall. BRIT Award nominations and worldwide tours followed, before he released his sophomore album, Staying at Tamara’s, in 2018, which shot to the top of the UK charts becoming the best selling artist album of 2018. George returns to The Isle of Wight Festival on 15th June, having played a storming set in 2017, for what is sure to be a feel-good, finger-snapping, brass-blaring, foot-stomping show.

It’s been less than 18 months since I was last at Isle of Wight Festival, but it already seems like a world away. In the time since, my second album Staying At Tamara’s has been released and I’ve taken these songs around the world and back. It’s going to be brilliant to return to the beautiful Isle and play those new songs to an audience that has now heard the record. I’m extremely flattered to have been asked to headline and can’t wait to get up and play. See you soon!


Bringing proceedings to a close are Scottish rockers, BIFFY CLYRO, who will headline the Main Stage on Sunday 16th June. Returning to the festival after a rousing headline performance in 2014, the trio have undeniable longevity and their passion for the music they create is evident in their back catalogue spanning over 16 years. With 7 studio albums – including 4 which hit the Top 3 of the UK Album charts – under their belt, and an 8th in the pipeline for 2019, their soaring, anthemic hits are perfect material for festival singalongs. The band’s live show is truly stunning and fans will be in for a treat as the sun goes down on The Isle of Wight Festival 2019.

Making his debut at The Isle of Wight Festival 2019 is award-winning superstar DJ and producer, FATBOY SLIM, who will bring his raucous blend of house, acid, funk, hip-hop, electro and techno to the Main Stage for a special guest slot on Saturday night. A pioneer of the 90s big beat movement, FATBOY SLIM has made an immeasurable impact on the British music scene, cemented in his countless award wins – including 2 BRIT Awards, a GRAMMY win for the iconic Weapon of Choice music video and an Ivor Novello for Outstanding Contribution to British Music – and his epic live shows. 

The UK’s biggest-selling debut artist of last year, ANNE-MARIE, has firmly cemented her place as one of the hottest female breakthroughs on the global pop circuit. Following the release of her gold certified and UK Top 3 debut album, Speak Your Mind, last spring, the Essex-born star is paving the way at this year’s BRIT Awards after landing four nominations for British Female Solo Artist, British Single, British Artist Video of the Year and British Album of the Year. A world-class live performer, her upcoming appearance at The Isle of Wight Festival is one not to be missed.

Combining glossy ‘80s synth pop and arena-friendly choruses, BASTILLE have gone from strength to strength since bursting onto the scene over six years ago. Top 5 singles, number 1 albums, award wins and countless nominations – including a BRIT’s British Breakthrough Act win and a GRAMMY Best New Artist nod – have come thick and fast for the 4-piece. Never ones to dwell on downtime, they’ve kept fans engaged with Other People’s Heartache, a series of mixtapes intended to bridge the gap between the band’s studio albums. Part 4, released at the end of 2018, serves as a link between the band’s past and future, and paves the way for their third studio album to be released this year. Returning to the Isle of Wight this summer, they’re a sure-fire hit on a festival stage.

The Isle of Wight Festival was the first festival to have us play a Main Stage and we’ve had brilliant times playing there. We’re really excited to be back at the Festival this year to celebrate the release of our new album which we can’t wait for people to hear.

Dan Smith

COURTEENERS have become one of the UK’s premiere guitar bands. Hailing from Manchester, the group are childhood friends who formed in their teenage years and have seen their popularity increase exponentially since then. This summer they’ll play a mammoth, sold out headline show at Manchester’s Heaton Park, alongside James, DMA’S and Pale Waves, and eager fans snapped up 50,000 tickets in just a few hours. The Isle of Wight Festival-goers can catch them this June for a rousing, hit-filled set.

British band IDLES have had an incredible two years: their stunning debut album, Brutalism, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, with their follow up, Joy as an Act of Resistance, propelling them to new heights. Released in 2018, it reached number 5 in the UK Album chart and received critical acclaim from The Guardian, NME, The Independent and Classic Rock. Ending 2018 on many industry lists – including securing the top spot on BBC 6 Music’s Top 10 Albums of 2018 – and kicking 2019 off with a BRIT Award nomination for British Breakthrough Act, they are the band on everyone’s lips. They bring their engine-like drive to The Isle of Wight Festival this June.

JAMES are one of the UK’s most creatively restless and most loved artists. After signing to Factory Records in 1982, the band went on to release a series of successful hit singles. From Sit Down to She’s A Star, Laid to Come Home, Moving On to Nothing But Love, their uniquely diverse sound spans 15 studio albums released over three decades, achieving both critical and commercial success whilst also curating a base of dedicated fans and selling over 25 million albums worldwide. They’ve played shows across the globe and cemented their status as one of the most iconic live British bands.

It’s great to be back playing The Isle of Wight Festival – it will be our fourth time. Lots of happy memories of not just performing but of seeing great bands too. Looking forward to it.

Jim Glennie (bassist)

In her first few years in the music industry, JESS GLYNNE has carved out a unique slot all of her own. Where others were contemplating the aftermath of heartache, she has always been about standing on your own two feet. Through her blockbuster debut album, I Cry When I Laugh – which was a chart staple for 138 weeks, debuted at number 1 and spawned 12 million worldwide single sales – and sophomore offering, Always in Between – released last year and also debuting at number 1 – she brokers the hinterlands between pop, soul, R&B and house music. She holds the record for the most UK chart-toppers for a British female singer, and has nominations aplenty, adding a further two BRIT Award nominations to her name earlier this month. 

Since scoring a worldwide smash with her debut album Eye To The Telescope in 2004, which went on to sell over 5 million copies, KT TUNSTALL has remained at the forefront of UK singer-songwriter talent. Over the next decade, three further critically acclaimed albums followed, keeping the platinum sales rolling and cementing the Scottish singer-songwriter’s reputation as a major recording talent, as well as a mesmerising live artist. With KIN being her phoenix-from-the-ashes ‘spirit’ album, 2018 saw her release the second offering of that trilogy, WAX, her 6th studio album.

Excited to return to The Isle of Wight Festival, KT said: I’m so looking forward to coming back to The Isle of Wight Festival. My first time was as a punter in 2003 and I had a blast

KT Tunstall

12 years after British pop star, LILY ALLEN, released debut album, Alright, Still – which entered the UK Album charts at number 2 – she returned in 2018 with arguably her most honest, emotional and artistic body of work to date. No Shame received critical acclaim from The Telegraph, NME and The Guardian, to name but a few, and was nominated for the 2018 Mercury Prize. On it, she embraced a more intimate, electropop sound, collaborating with Giggs, Mark Ronson and more. Fans can catch her at The Isle of Wight Festival this summer.

A British institution, legendary band MADNESS also join the bill today, bringing their bold and energetic sound to the island this summer. Emerging from the punk, reggae and ska scenes of the late ‘70s with a string of classic singles and albums, Madness continue to be one of the country’s most loved bands. To this day they continue to  influence new generations of musicians and maintain a reputation as one of the most consistently entertaining live acts.

Rivetingly charismatic, menacingly serpentine and possessed of an almost shamanic intensity, RICHARD ASHCROFT embraces and articulates the anthemic fervour of rock’n’roll with a power and eloquence unparalleled by any of his contemporaries. His fifth solo studio album and most recent body of work, Natural Rebel, represents the latest chapter in a hugely successful solo career for the former Verve frontman and Ivor Novello winner, and debuted at number 4 in the UK Album charts. He delighted fans with a surprise support slot at Liam Gallagher’s Finsbury Park show in 2018, and will grace The Isle of Wight Festival stage this summer.

If you think you know RICK ASTLEY, think again. The much-loved, multi-million selling 80s icon returned to the charts in 2018 with the release of his stellar album Beautiful Life, which debuted in the UK Album chart Top 10, the fifth album of his to do so. He appeared at the Royal Variety performance (alongside Saturday headliner George Ezra) and appeared onstage with Foo Fighters during their headline performance at Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival, resulting in a live RickRoll courtesy of Dave Grohl and co. Rick joins Take That on their mammoth UK arena tour in 2019, including 8 nights at The O2 Arena and 5 nights at Manchester Arena.

I am so excited and I still can’t believe that I can say to people, ‘I’m playing the Isle of Wight Festival’. I can’t wait!

Rick Astley

With a silky-gravel to her Norwegian accent and a smile that often opens into fits of laughter, SIGRID personifies ‘cool’, and had the world excited beyond belief when she burst onto the scene in 2017. The past two years have been nothing short of extraordinary. Her debut EP, Don’t Kill My Vibe, was hailed as one of the biggest breakouts of 2017, and was soon followed by the gold-certified, Strangers and 2018’s critically acclaimed, Raw. She releases her debut album, Sucker Punch, in just a few months and will bring her live show – filled with an abundance of idiosyncratic energy – to The Isle of Wight Festival stage this summer.

Since their debut EP release in 2001, THE CORAL have sold over a million UK albums, received a Mercury Music Prize nomination (for their debut EP), with five reaching the Top 10 including 2003’s chart-topping Magic and Medicine. Their 8 Top 40 singles include Dreaming Of You, In The Morning and Don’t Think You’re The First. They released their ninth studio album, Move Through the Dawn, last year, proving they’re one of the most consistent bands in the UK retro-rock scene thanks to their knack for crafting sneakily good hooks, the jangly interplay of the guitars and frontman James Skelly’s powerful vocals.

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