Five, Best of British acts are now added to the line up for the 2016 festival, taking place 9-12th June at Seaclose Park. Joining the line up are returning indie brothers The Cribs, rock’n’roll duo The Kills, Britpop alumni Ocean Colour Scene, legendary rockers Status Quo and festival favourites Mike + The Mechanics.
One of Britain’s best loved rock bands Status Quo will be performing classic hits such as ‘Whatever You Want’ and ‘Down Down’ in a special performance which will be one of the last opportunities to see the band in their full set up following a recent announcement that after 2016 they will be hanging up their electric guitars for good.
Having racked up 64 British hit singles since their chart debut in January 1968 Status Quo brought their unique sound to Cowes Yacht Haven in August 2011.
They opened their performance then with “Caroline” one of 22 records to have reached the Top Ten. Earlier that year their album ‘Quid Pro Quo’ entered the Top Ten. Quo sang ‘Two Way Traffic’ a track from that album during their 90 minute set at Cowes.
Founders Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi were both awarded OBE’s, recognising their services to music and charity, in the 2010 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
In 1985 Status Quo opened ‘Live Aid’ at Wembley, performing ‘Rockin All Over The World’.
Renowned for their energetic brand of indie-rock, The Cribs released their sixth album ‘For All My Sisters’ last March which peaked at Number Nine in the UK Charts. In the year of their 10th anniversary the band were honoured with the ‘Spirit of Independence’ award at the Q Awards and ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ at the annual NME Awards.
Comprised of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, The Kills have been described as rock’n’roll’s best kept secret. Together the duo have released four critically acclaimed albums including their most recent ‘Blood Pressures’ which reached the Top 40 in both the US and UK.
Isle of Wight Festival veterans Mike + The Mechanics will once again be at Seaclose Park. With hits such as ‘Over My Shoulder’ and ‘All I Need Is a Miracle’. Genesis founding member Mike Rutherford will be joined by one of the UK’s most prolific R&B singers Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar, who has previously toured with Rod Stewart and Paulo Nutini.
Ocean Colour Scene are an English Britpop band formed in Birmingham in 1989. They have had five Top 10 albums and six Top 10 singles to date. At present they are touring Australia.