Foo Fighters say no to Isle Of Wight Festival headline slot

Festival organiser John Giddings revealed the news via Twitter

Foo Fighters have turned down the opportunity of headlining this year’s Isle Of Wight Festival.

The organiser of the festival, John Giddings, took to Twitter recently to respond to a fan’s request that he book Dave Grohl and co for the Seaclose Park event.

@JohnGiddings01 you have to get @foofighters to headline next year!! Especially after their amazing new song and with an album out soon!!!

— Keris abbott (@keris_r) October 20, 2014

This follows the recent news of Giddings calling Ed Sheeran “boring”. Speaking at the Live UK Summit 2014 on a panel about festivals, Giddings said the music business doesn’t invest to “build” a band, leading to a lack of headline options for festival bookers.

Giddings continued: “We’re not building headliners any more. Nobody can invest in building a band over five albums. And if boring acts like Ed Sheeran are the future then we’re all screwed!”

Sheeran has replied by stating via Twitter that Giddings “asked me to do the festival next year a few weeks ago funnily enough and I couldn’t do it due to another gig”.

Isle Of Wight 2014 was headlined by Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kings Of Leon. Foo Fighters, meanwhile, headlined Reading and Leeds Festival in 2012.