Biffy Clyro to headline Isle of Wight Festival 2014


Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyro have confirmed they will be the headline act at Isle of Wight Festival in 2014.

The first set of acts on the bill have been revealed and include Calvin Harris, Rudimental and Passenger.

Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro said: "We are over the moon to announce that we will headline the main stage of the Isle of Wight Festival next year.

"To follow the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam is an honour."

He added: "We cannot wait to get back to this iconic festival, and this beautiful island."

Other artists confirmed for the line-up are The 1975 and The Waterboys.

Calvin Harris
Image caption Calvin Harris will join Passenger at Isle of Wight Festival 2014

John Giddings, the festival's promoter, said: "Friday night is going to kick it out of the park with Biffy and Calvin and special guests Rudimental - I can't wait.

"Having Passenger and The 1975 already on board we're set for one of our most contemporary years, with the class of The Waterboys complementing the young guns nicely."

The Isle of Wight Festival is returning to Seaclose Park in Newport for the 13th year since it relaunched.

The events originally took place between 1968 and 1970 and featured acts such as Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Dylan.

Image caption Rudimental will play at Isle of Wight Festival between 12 and 15 June

Earlier this month it was revealed Passenger had sold more than a million copies of their single Let Her Go.

"I can't wait to play at the Isle of Wight Festival. I played there on a small stage a few years ago and had an amazing time.

"It'll be great to get back there," said Michael Rosenberg from the band.

Matthew Healy, from Manchester group The 1975, said: "The Isle of Wight Festival has such a rich musical heritage. We can't wait to play there in the summer."

The festival hit the headlines in 2012 after freak weather caused flooding at the car park leaving festival-goers waiting up to 10 hours to get into the venue.

In 2014 Isle of Wight Festival will take place between 12 and 15 June.

The first set of tickets go on sale on Thursday 12 December.

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