The Who return to Isle of Wight after 34 years

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More than three decades after they last played the event with a coruscating three-hour set, the Who announced yesterday that they will join the headline acts for next year's Isle of Wight festival.

Their 1970 show culminated in an orgy of smashed-up equipment and official recriminations and yesterday the band was promising a performance equally "fresh and dynamic".

The Who's inclusion - they will play on 12 June - was announced by Virgin Radio, which will be broadcasting the three-day festival on 11, 12 and 13 June. The Virgin presenter Pete Mitchell said: "The Who are one of the greatest live bands ever. Age doesn't seem to count - they are still as refreshing and dynamic live as they were 30 years ago, and the Isle of Wight is the perfect setting to witness their performance."

John Entwistle, the bass player, died last year, leaving Roger Daltrey, the lead singer, and Pete Townshend, the guitarist and songwriter, from the original line-up. Keith Moon, the drummer, died in 1978.

David Bowie and Stereophonics are also due to play at the event.