As the first major festival of the summer, The Isle of Wight Festival organisers have now revealed fourteen more acts for this year’s event. James, Imelda May, Paul Oakenfold, Courteeners, Suzanne Vega, Ash, Sharon Corr, Foxes, Lightning Seeds, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, The View, UB40’s Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, Ian Anderson plays the best of Jethro Tull and La Femme are all confirmed to perform over the weekend of 11-14 June.
These acts join the already announced Fleetwood Mac, The Prodigy, The Black Keys, Pharrell Williams and Paolo Nutini for what is already shaping up to be something to look forward to at Seaclose Park, Newport.
Following in the foot- steps of the original festivals in 1968,1969 and 1970 the ‘new form’ Isle of Wight Festival, now in its 14th year, is one of the crown jewels of the British summer calendar, with a unique festival experience for music fans of all ages to enjoy. Now offering 12 stages of live music over the weekend – including Main Stage headliners, acoustic sets, DJ performances and up-and-coming talent there is, alongside, a huge variety of additional entertainment and activities such as the Bohemian Woods, Intoxicated Tea Rooms and Hipshaker, which enable the festivalgoer to escape from everyday life for a weekend in June.
Formed in the early 80s, alt-rock band James rose to success during the 90s with hit singles “ Come Home ” , “ Sit Down ” and “ She ’ s a Star ” . This band has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and with the addition of new record ‘ La Petite Mort ’ , released in 2014, the band have released a staggering 13 studio albums.
Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May was born and raised in Dublin. She began her music career at the age of 16 and was nominated for a Choice Music Prize in 2010 following rave reviews of her third album ‘ Mayhem ’ . In 2011 she played to a sold out O2 Dublin, joined on stage by U2 frontman Bono. In April of last year May released her most recent album Tribal which debuted at No.1 in the Irish album charts.
Paul Oakenfold is a DJ and entertainer with three Grammy nominations under his belt and said to be one of the true legends of electronic music. For over three decades he has elevated and shaped an entire genre, remaining one of the leading forces in the global music scene today. Not only has he produced some monster hits, he is also responsible for having created film scores for a long list of Hollywood blockbusters.
English indie rock quartet Courteeners released their first album in 2008 and were awarded the ‘Guardian First British Album Award ’ . Two gold status records, countless arena shows and support tours with Noel Gallagher and The Stone Roses later, the band released their latest studio album ‘ Concrete Love ’ in August 2014. This peaked at No. 3 in the UK album charts and was supported by a November tour.
Californian songstress Suzanne Vega released her first album in 1985 and has since achieved millions of record sales worldwide, with two of the albums earning platinum status. Suzanne has been the recipient of multiple awards including a Grammy award for Best Recording Package and an NME Award for Best Female Singer, and has cemented her role as a leading figure of the folk-music revival, starting out with just her acoustic guitar and developing into one of the most noted songwriters of her generation.
Irish alt rockers Ash rose to success in the mid 90s with a No. 1 album ‘ 1977 ’in 1996. ‘Free All Angels’ was also a No.1 album in 2001. Their hit singles include: ‘Girl From Mars ’ and ‘ Goldfinger’. Their subsequent five albums all went Top Ten, with four Top 20 singles including ‘Burn Baby Burn ’ , ‘ Shining Light ’ and ‘ Jesus Says .’ A new album is due in 2015.
Singer-songwriter Foxes is best known for her vocals on 2013 single ‘ Clarity ’ which peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and won a Grammy award for Best Dance Recording. Her debut album ‘Glorious ’ , which was released in 2014, reached No. 5 in the UK charts and received rave reviews.
Formed in 1989 by Ian Broudie in Liverpool, The Lightning Seeds became alt-rock icons throughout the 90s, achieving a No.1 with their single ‘Three Lions’ which featured David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and was used as the official anthem for the England football team in the 1996 European Championships. In 1998 it was again a No.1. Other popular singles included ‘The Life Of Riley’ and ‘Sugar Coated Iceberg’. In 2013 the band headed out on a support tour with Blondie as well as performing several summer festivals.
Sharon Corr MBE is best known as a member of the pop-rock band The Corrs, which she co-founded in 1990. In 2012 Corr became a coach for Irish talent show The Voice of Ireland and finished her second album, ‘ The Same Sun ’ , of which the lead single ‘ Take A Minute ’ peaked at No.11 in Ireland. ‘Breathless’ was a No.1 single for The Corrs with the albums ‘Talk On Corners’ and ‘In Blue’ going to No.1.
Geno Washington, famously name-checked in the worldwide smash hit ‘ Geno ’ by Dexy ’ s Midnight Runners, came to England in the 60s as part of the US Air Force and soon fell in with the London blues and soul scene where he sang with acts such as Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames.
Mercury Music prize nominees The View rose to prominence in 2007 with their chart topping debut album ‘Hats off to the Buskers ’ . The third single from this album, ‘ Same Jeans ’ , debuted in the UK chart at No.3. Three Top 20 albums later, the band are set to release album number five this spring with The Strokes ’ guitarist Albert Hammond Jr on production duties.
All founding members of the original band, UB40, Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue will be reunited at Seaclose. This band enjoyed huge success over three decades, including a No.1 album ‘ Labour of Love ’ and multiple Top Ten, gold and platinum selling albums and Grammy nominations. Selling over 70 million records worldwide the band released their new album ‘Silhouette ’ in 2014. Prior to their visit to Seaclose UB40 will be at The Winter Gardens, Ventnor in May.
Returning to The Isle of Wight Festival after previously performing in 1970 is Ian Anderson MBE who will play the best of Jethro Tull. Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull were, by the mid-seventies one of the most successful live performing acts on the world stage, rivalling Led Zeppelin, Elton John and even the Rolling Stones. With now some 30-odd albums to their credit and sales totalling more than 50 million, Tull are still performing typically more than a hundred concerts each year. Well known singles by Jethro Tull include ‘Living In The Past’, ‘Sweet Dream’, ‘Teacher’, ‘The Witch’s Promise’ and ‘Life is a Long Song’. In 1969 ‘Stand Up’ was a No.1 album with ’Aqualung’ reaching No.4 in the Album Charts.
Last on the list, formed in 2010, is French band La Femme. A sensation in their homeland, the band won the 2014 Victoires de la Musique award for best album by a new artist.