Arcade Fire have been announced as the first headliners of the Isle of Wight Festival 2017.
The Canadian band, whose fourth studio album Reflektor was released in October 2013 and topped the charts in both the UK and US, will perform on the Saturday evening slot. This will be their only UK festival performance of the summer and their first since headlining Glastonbury in 2014. A new album is expected next year.
The band were recommended to John Giddings, festival promoter, by none other than David Bowie, who headlined the festival himself in 2004. Giddings said: “I’m so happy to have secured Arcade Fire as our first headliner. David Bowie recommended them and I’ve been a fan ever since. Last year was an incredible year and I’m ready for us to come back even better in 2017.”
Last year’s headliners included Queen + Adam Lambert and The Who. No other acts have been announced for this year’s festival, set to take place from 8-11 June.
Early bird tickets were on-sale today. Prices start from £60 for day tickets and up to £175 for a full weekend.
By Ed Nightingale