THE WHO TO RETURN TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL!


isleofwhite-article“They just looked like the coolest live band…There’s nothing like that band in rock music.”
– Tom Morello

“Quite possibly the greatest live band ever.” – Eddie Vedder

BRITISH ROCK ICONS THE WHO CONFIRMED TO HEADLINE SATURDAY 11 JUNE

THEIR ONLY UK FESTIVAL APPEARANCE OF 2016

RICHARD ASHCROFT CONFIRMED AS SPECIAL GUEST

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British rock icons The Who are heading back to Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight for the fourth time in the band’s history to headline The Isle of Wight Festival, it was announced today.

Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and their live band, which includes Zak Starkey, Pino Palladino and Simon Townshend, will be bringing their globally successful The Who Hits 50! tour to the island for their only UK festival performance of 2016 on Saturday 11 June, with a spectacular live show resplendent with hits including ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, ‘Baba O’Riley’, ‘The Seeker’, ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘Who Are You’ and ‘My Generation.’ The band first played The Isle of Wight Festival in 1969 and 1970 (the latter was immortalised in Murray Lerner’s well known Message to Love documentary film), and then again in 2004 – the same year that David Bowie also headlined, his last ever UK live performance.

Richard Ashcroft is confirmed as special guest to The Who on the day, performing tracks from his new solo album This People.

Festival boss John Giddings says: “The Who are part of the fabric of The Isle of Wight Festival, and it’s great to welcome them back to the island as part of their ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations. We’re proud to have a line up of home-grown headliners to help celebrate our own 15th anniversary and ensure that this year delivers yet another unforgettable weekend of music.”

The Who and Richard Ashcroft join a ‘Best of British’ line up which includes headliners Queen + Adam Lambert, Stereophonics and Faithless, on what is the same weekend as the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Who have sold over 100 million records since forming in 1964; they brought together four different personalities and in effect produced a musical hurricane.  Each of them was a pioneer. Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the centre with the melodic virtuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger. They exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl. Deep into their 50th year, the band is still going strong, winning rave reviews.

Richard Ashcroft is set to release his fourth solo album These People in May, marking his first new album in six years. The BRIT and Ivor Novello winning artist was frontman of The Verve during the 90’s, producing hits such as ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ and ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’, before becoming a successful solo act in his own right – his first solo single ‘A Song For The Lovers’ peaked at No. 3 in the UK singles charts with the album Alone With Everybody going to No. 1.

The Isle of Wight Festival takes place 9TH-12th June at Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight.

A full range of ticket, travel and camping / accommodation options are available for The Isle of Wight Festival from www.isleofwightfestival.com.

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Travel:

A variety of travel options including ferry, speed boats, river crossing, Big Green Coach Company and National Rail can be viewed on the festival’s website.

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The Isle of Wight Festival 2016 Line Up To Date

Stereophonics    Faithless    The Who   Queen + Adam Lambert

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Adam Ant  Alabama 3  Blossoms   Busted    Buzzcocks   Cast   The Corrs

The Cribs   The Damned  Everything Everything   The Family Rain  Feeder

Gabrielle Aplin   The Godfathers   Gutterdammerung  Half Moon Run

The High Kings  Iggy Pop  Jess Glynne  Joanne Shaw Taylor  The Kills   Lissie  Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys

Mike & The Mechanics   Ocean Colour Scene Pendulum (DJ set)   Reef   Reverend and the Makers   Richard Ashcroft

The Second Sons  Sex Pissed Dolls   Sigma (live)   SIXX: AM   Status Quo

Sunset Sons   Turin Brakes   Twin Atlantic   The Wonder Stuff

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