Calvin Harris and Biffy Clyro among first acts on Isle of Wight Festival 2014 line-up

Rudimental, The 1975, Passenger and The Waterboys will also play in June

Jess Denham
Tuesday 10 December 2013 11:53
Year of the Scots: Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris will headline the Isle of Wight Festival 2014
Year of the Scots: Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris will headline the Isle of Wight Festival 2014

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro and DJ Calvin Harris are among the first acts confirmed to headline the Isle of Wight Festival next summer.

“We are over the moon,” said Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil. “To follow the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam is an honour. We cannot wait to get back to this iconic festival and this beautiful island!”

Other musicians set to appear include Mercury Prize-nominated collective Rudimental, “Let Her Go” singer Passenger, Manchester indie group The 1975 and 80s band The Waterboys.

Matthew Healey from The 1975 praised the festival’s “rich musical heritage” while Passenger remembered an “amazing time” playing on a small stage there a few years back.

Festival promoter John Giddings said: “Friday night is going to kick it out of the park with Biffy and Calvin and special guests Rudimental – I can’t wait.

“Having Passenger and The 1975 already on board we’re set for one of our most contemporary years, with the class of The Waterboys complementing the young guns nicely”.

The Isle of Wight Festival will be rocking Newport’s Seaclose Park in June for the 13th year since its relaunch. Events originally took place in the late 1960s, with Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Dylan all playing sets.

In 2012, the festival suffered from a flash-flood that left fans waiting up to ten hours to enter the park.

Tickets for the 2014 event go on sale on Thursday 12 December.

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