It’s been announced that Blur will headline Isle Of Wight Festival, which takes place between June 11-14, for the first time this year. There are lots of other good acts playing too. Here’s our Top 10 picks.
Since reuniting in 2010, the Britpop legends have proved they can still cut it on festival stages with triumphant performances at Glastonbury, Hyde Park and more. Isle Of Wight marks the group’s first festival since announcing new album ‘The Magic Whip’ and having new material to play should only make their set stronger.
Californian heroes Fleetwood Mac are guaranteed to give you both value for money and a hit-packed set as they headline the main stage. What better way to spend a summer night than singing along to ‘Go Your Own Way’, ‘The Chain’ and more?
Essex ravers The Prodigy put out their sixth album earlier this year, ‘The Day Is My Enemy’. The record should lend itself to their incendiary live performances, meaning their IOW Festival set should be even more of a blistering thrill.
Jessie Ware’s come a long way from her Brixton roots, from collaborating with A$AP Rocky to performing with Nicki Minaj. She’ll bring latest album ‘Tough Love’ and its silky musings on romance to the island to offer up something a little gentler.
This French band make new-wave psych-punk that sounds like it’s come straight from the freaky, fuzzy days of the ‘60s. Let them take you on a journey through time and discover one of the most underrated bands on this year’s bill.
Back with 12th album ‘Modern Nature’, The Charlatans have re-energised their sound with modernist beats and soul strings. Live recreations of the record – plus all their old classics – promise to be an absolute treat.
First Aid Kit
Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg’s latest album ‘Stay Gold’ sparkled with a sophisticated sadness that was honest to its core and disarming in its tender beauty. Get the tissues ready – their performance is bound to be a stunning tearjerker.
The Downpatrick trio might be getting on a bit now but, with 23 years of anthems in the bag, their set at Isle Of Wight festival will roll back the years. Watch Ash relive their youth with the likes of ‘Girl From Mars’ and ‘1977’ and share in their unadulterated sense of joy.
The Black Keys
The Ohio duo released their eighth album ‘Turn Blue’ last year, rocketing themselves deeper into the big leagues. They’ll headline the main stage this year, bringing their infectious blues-rock to the Isle Of Wight.
The Dundonian group’s sixth album ‘Ropewalk’ is released the week of this year’s festival so expect a smattering of its most crowdpleasing tracks to feature in their set. Though they’ll be less familiar than ‘Same Jeans’ and its ilk, they should benefit from having had Albert Hammond Jr cast his eye over them in the studio.