Isle of Wight Festival organiser getting ‘more excited daily’ by line-up

US band Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline this year's festival alongside Kings of Leon and Biffy Clyro

Isle of Wight Festival organiser John Giddings has backed headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers to bring a “good vibe” to this year’s event.

The US band will headline this year’s festival, which takes place between June 12-15 in Seaclose Park, alongside fellow headliners Kings Of Leon and Biffy Clyro.

Speaking to NME about this year’s event, Giddings said he felt more excited by this year’s event than ever before. “We haven’t had such a good vibe for years,” he said. “Everybody wants to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers and getting the UK and Irish exclusive on them has really helped us. However much we love the Kings Of Leon they’re still playing up north. With Biffy we’ve got the English exclusive and they rose to the occasion last year at Reading, so I get more excited daily by the line-up.”

Giddings is also unconcerned about the possibility of Anthony Kiedis and his band turning in a set heavy with extended jams. “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink,” he claimed. “Look at the Prince shows, I’ve seen him play three hours of rubbish and I’ve seen him play three hours of hits. It’s pot luck. If you’re a group and you’re playing a festival the sensible thing to do is to play songs that the audience like. I would’ve thought, if you’re an artist, you’d want to go down well. You have to tailor your set to the audience.”

Giddings defended the festival against claims it had gone too mainstream.

He argued: “We’re certainly not V Festival. Biffy Clyro are a rock act, Calvin Harris has hit singles, Rudimental have hit singles, Tom Odell, is he in the album chart? Starsailor, it’s the first gig they’ve done in five years, I consider them an indie act. No, I wouldn’t say we were mainstream. Sunday in the Big Top we’ve got The Horrors, Peace, Swim Deep, The Strypes and Deap Valley, give us a break! I think people see it as a festival for all ages, 15 to 50, a combination of music they know from the past and discovering bands for the future.”

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