Arts and Entertainment Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining the Isle of Wight Festival 2014

The US rockers will join Calvin Harris and Biffy Clyro at the top of the bill

Brian May and Emily May attend The Kerrang! Awards at the Troxy on June 13, 2013 in London, England.

Kerrang! Awards 2013: Rock veterans Iron Maiden and Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor honoured

The biggest names in rock and metal descended on London last night for Kerrang! magazine’s annual awards, with British acts flying the flag in the capital by taking home some of the top gongs.

Simon Price on pop: Would the real Biffy Clyro please stand up and rock out?

Sincerity – unthinkingly accepted as a positive attribute in a rock band – is a false friend. Biffy Clyro "mean" it, there's no doubt. But what "it" do they mean?

Green Day are to headline Reading and Leeds festivals

Green Day to headline Reading and Leeds festivals

After performing a secret gig at last year's Reading and Leeds festivals rockers Green Day have been confirmed as the final headliners for this year's event.

Album review: Biffy Clyro, Opposites (14th Floor)

There's a scene in Grandma's House in which Simon Amstell is informed by Clive, his ghastly father-in-law to be, "I tell you who's a great band: Biffy Clyro. Down-to-earth guys and grrreat tunes." The Kilmarnock trio won't have too much trouble living down that implied insult, their likely audience crossover with smart Jewish sitcoms being minimal.

Album review: Biffy Clyro, Opposites (14th Floor)

Sooner or later, every prog-metal band feels the need to record a double-album, and the results invariably expose the paucity of their inspiration.

This year revellers at the Isle of Wight Festival were unable to negotiate the muddy conditions in their cars

Extra police deployed to 'mudbath' Isle of Wight Festival

Extra police are to be deployed to help revellers leave at the end of the Isle of Wight Festival after heavy rains turned the site into a mudbath causing traffic chaos.

Tunbridge Wells' Forum scores NME top music venue award

Royal Tunbridge Wells may be the traditional voice of Middle England’s morality but the busybodies are in danger of being drowned out after one of its nightspots was named the best small music venue in the UK.

Festival Guide 2012: Q&A: Band of Skulls

For Matt Hayward from the Southampton rockers, festival season means tequila, Biffy Clyro – and a cup of tea with mum

Slipknot close Sonisphere UK

Slipknot closed Sonisphere festival in the UK with a "f***ing celebration" last night.

Sonisphere: Rocking all over Europe

Seven countries in 10 days. "Exhausting" sums up following the world's only touring music festival, Sonisphere. So far I've travelled with it from Turkey, up through Eastern Europe, into Croatia and Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland. I've clocked up 5,000km on the car, passed through four countries in one day and slept in a Swiss barn. I am on first name terms with border guards and a reluctant expert on Euro motorway cuisine.

Dave Grohl dedicates NME award to Kurt Cobain

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was declared a God-like genius at the Shockwave NME awards and dedicated the prize to former Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain.

Roger Daltrey will give up music for art

Roger Daltrey plans to give up music to be an artist.

Biffy Clyro make second attempt at America

Biffy Clyro are trying to crack America for the second time.

Lady Gaga makes best and worst-dressed shortlists

Chart star Lady Gaga's outrageous dress sense has proved to be divisive - after she was shortlisted for both most and least stylish star in this year's NME Awards.

Cardle tops chart despite campaigns

The debut single by The X Factor winner Matt Cardle has fought off fierce competition from various internet campaigns to claim the Christmas No 1 spot.

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