John Giddings also names Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fleetwood Mac as his dream bill toppers
Speaking to NME in a video which you can see by scrolling up to the top of the page and clicking, John Giddings has listed his dream headliners and also said “when Oasis reform” rather than “if”, suggesting he might know something the rest of us don’t.
During the video, in which Giddings gives NME a tour of the festival site, he responded to a question about who his dream headliners would be by saying: “I’d love to get Blur, Arctic Monkeys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Fleetwood Mac, Oasis, when they reform. Any of those bands are capable of headlining the Isle Of Wight Festival.”
Giddings also said he believes that despite an apparent slump in the market, festivals will be around for a long time to come as long as bands continue to be popular.
He said of this: “I believe that festivals will survive as long as there are good bands out there as an attraction for them, bands that are capable of performing in big arenas. It doesn’t matter if it rains, Mick Jagger says that crowds are livelier when it rains and he’s the ultimate word on the subject.”
He continued: “Festivals are the lifeblood of lots of young bands. They get decent money and lots of exposure, which they wouldn’t get otherwise. At festivals you discover bands you’d never normally see.”
Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Pearl Jam headlined this year’s Isle Of Wight Festival.
You can vote for your favourite act at this year’s Isle Of Wight Festival at NME.COM/Best-act-at-isle-of-wight-festival-2012.