This Isle Of Wight Festival article was written by Jamie Muir, a GIGsoup contributor
The names keep coming for next year’s Isle Of Wight Festival, as anthemic UK rock favourites Stereophonics and dance pioneers Faithless have been announced to co-headline the Friday night of the Seaclose Park bash. They join previously announced Sunday night headliner Queen + Adam Lambert for one of the most iconic weekends of the festival season.
Fresh from an incredible year that has seen the band secure yet another UK No.1 Album in “Keep The Village Alive”, the valley’s favourite sons Stereophonics have cemented themselves as one of the most endearing and successful British bands of recent times. With a catalogue of high octane and heart-piercing tracks, including “Dakota”, “Maybe Tomorrow” and “Have A Nice Day”, they’ve successfully soundtracked British life for the past two decades and will ensure island revellers are full of fine voice come June 10th.
Frontman Kelly Jones is already looking forward to it, commenting: “I love playing the Isle Of Wight Festival. I got to steer the boat over last time. Captain of the ship and honked the horn! Only the captain gets to honk the horn. This will be our third time at the festival…. I’ll leave my white suit at home this time though!”
Kelly Jones’ gang of troubadours will be in excellent company, as they’ll be joined by iconic dance innovators Faithless, returning to the festival after first gracing its stage back in 2005. No name is more synonymous with the ground-breaking UK dance explosion, and their plethora of euphoric beats has seen them play to sold-out crowds around the globe. After re-forming last year to celebrate their 20th anniversary, expect Maxi Jazz and Sister Bliss to bring a show like no other to the island this year.
Festival Promoter John Giddings had this to say on the new additions: “We are delighted to welcome Stereophonics and Faithless back to The Isle of Wight Festival to co-headline the Friday night. Stereophonics continue to prove they are still on top with a new No. 1 album and they are absolutely brilliant live. Likewise Faithless, who are currently celebrating their 20th year, have had hit after hit, and I know the crowds at the festival are going to go crazy when they bring their live set up to the Friday night.”
With a full line-up scheduled to be announced soon, the Isle Of Wight Festival 2016 looks set to be living up to its illustrious past that has previously seen world renowned and legendary acts grace Seaclose Park including Fleetwood Mac, Blur, The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and many more.
The Isle Of Wight Festival runs from the 9th-12 June 2016