Isle of Wight Festival: What You Need To Know

The legendary Isle of Wight Festival returns to Seaclose Park in Newport for its sixteenth instalment since the 2002 relaunch with another belter of a lineup.

The festival, which takes place from today (Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th June) will this year feature headline performances from New York hip-hop group Run-D.M.C, French superstar Producer/DJ David Guetta, Montreal indie-rockers Arcade Fire and London rock singer Rod Stewart.


Run-D.M.C.’s Joseph Simmons said: “We absolutely love playing in the UK, it’s always such a great reception. You guys rock! To be given the chance to play such an iconic UK festival is huge and we’re really looking forward to it!”. The appearance at Isle of Wight will be a UK festival exclusive.

French superstar Producer/DJ, David Guetta will make his Isle of Wight debut, with a UK exclusive festival appearance. David Guetta has had a busy start to 2017, playing at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, whilst releasing singles ‘Light My Body Up’ and ‘Another Life’.

Friday night will also see Leeds rock band Kaiser Chiefs play immediately before Run-D.M.C. The five-piece, who released sixth album ‘Stay Together’ late last year have had a busy touring schedule as of late, with numerous festival appearances and outdoor and arena headline gigs across the UK; with Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Nothing But Thieves and The Sex Pissed Dolls completing the Friday main stage lineup.

Arcade Fire will take the reins as Saturday night headliners. The band will release their fifth album ‘Everything Now’ in July this year and their Isle of Wight Festival slot fits nicely into a fairly busy summer of gigs, which will see the Canadian six-piece visit Scunthorpe, Edinburgh, Belfast, London and Manchester as well as numerous European festival slots.

Welsh rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen will join Arcade Fire on the main stage bill. The four-piece who released second album ‘The Ride’ early in 2016 embarked on a sold out run of arena tour dates last year and their Isle of Wight slot will be sandwiched between arena shows in Cardiff and Liverpool before embarking on another busy summer schedule featuring yet more arena and outdoor headline gigs; The Saturday main stage bill is also made up of The Kooks, Texas, Jack Savoretti, Tom Chaplin of Keane, The Slow Readers Club, My Baby and Nakamarra.


The Sunday main stage will this year be closed by Rod Stewart. The London singer released his twenty-ninth album ‘Another Country’ in 2015, and has had a busy run of gigs that have taken him from arenas to stadiums and now onto the Isle of Wight Festival for what will be a very special performance.

Joining the Sunday main stage lineup immediately before Rod is the band of the moment Bastille. The London four-piece fronted by Dan Smith released second album ‘Wild World’ last September and have had an ever busy schedule of late and this summer proves to be no different with festival appearances all over the world; also performing on the main stage will be George Ezra, Imelda May, The Shires, The Vamps, Jack Maynard, Scouting for Girls and Jon Stevens.

Headlining the secondary stage, the Big Top on Thursday night is Razorlight after Starsailor, The Alarm and The Sex Pissed Dolls.

Friday’s Big Top headliner is Jonas Blue with a DJ set, after The Pretenders, Alison Moyet, Ward Thomas, Lucy Spraggan and Paradisia.

Example + DJ Wire will headline the Big Top on Saturday night, with FooR, Zara Larsson, Melanie C, Space, The Showhawk Duo, Elle Exxe, Bang Bang Romeo, Alex Francis, Germein Sisters and Victoria playing before.

Sunday will see Clean Bandit headline the Big Top with prior performances coming from The Strypes, The Undertones, The Sherlocks, The Amazons, Asylum, Judas, Wild Front and Duke of Wolves.

We’ll see you there!

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Luke Jackson

Music Editor


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