Noel Gallagher, George Ezra, Biffy Clyro, Rick Astley, Madness, Anne-Marie Among Isle Of Wight Festival Acts

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Rick Astley, Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro, George Ezra and Anne Marie have been announced for the Isle of Wight Festival on 13-16 June.

Listen: Oliver Dyer takes a look at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival acts. 

Friday night will see Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds return to the Seaclose Park stage. He played here in 2012, before Bruce Springsteen.

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Since forming in 2010 as a musical collective, they have released 3 studio albums.  All have debuted at number 1 in the UK Album charts.Their latest album Who Built the Moon? was a record-breaking 10th consecutive UK chart-topping studio album for Noel.

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A familiar face on the Isle of Wight, chart-topping British singer-songwriter George Ezra will headline Main Stage on 15 June.

George Ezra is one of the biggest selling male artists of the decade. His debut album Wanted on Voyage is certified 4x platinum in the UK and was one of the biggest selling albums in both 2014 and 2015.

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Special guest Fatboy Slim will make his Isle of Wight Festival debut, keeping the party going as he plays until the early hours when George Ezra goes off stage.

The award-winning superstar DJ and producer was a pioneer of the 90s big beat movement and boasts two BRIT Awards, a GRAMMY and an Ivor Novello.

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On 16 June, the Isle of Wight welcomes back Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro who take the Sunday headline slot. They last appeared here in 2014.

The trio have garnered countless award wins and nominations, including a Hyundai Mercury Prize shortlisting for Only Revolutions, and toured the world many times over. With 7 studio albums (including 4 which hit the Top 3 of the UK Album charts) and an 8th in the pipeline for 2019, the band’s live show is described as “truly stunning”.

Also announced today are Anne-Marie, Madness, Sigrid, Sigala, Bastille, James, Lily Allen, Jax Jones, Jess Glynne and Richard Ashcroft.

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Anne-Marie is the UK’s biggest-selling debut artist of last year, following the release of her gold certified and UK Top 3 debut album, Speak Your Mind. She is paving the way at this year’s BRIT Awards after landing four nominations for British Female Solo Artist, British Single, British Artist Video of the Year and British Album of the Year.

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Jess Glynne’s blockbuster debut album I Cry When I Laugh was a chart staple for 138 weeks, debuted at number 1 and spawned 12 million worldwide single sales. She holds the record for the most UK chart-toppers for a British female singer, and has nominations aplenty, adding a further two BRIT Award nominations to her name earlier this month.

12 years after Lily Allen released debut album Alright, Still, which entered the UK Album charts at number 2, she returned in 2018 the critically acclaimed No Shame.

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A British institution, legendary band Madness also join the bill, bringing their bold and energetic sound to the island this summer. Emerging from the punk, reggae and ska scenes of the late ‘70s with a string of classic singles and albums, Madness continue to be one of the country’s most loved bands.

Playing alongside them will be Courteeners, Dean Lewis, DMA’S, Freya Ridings, Gerry Cinnamon, IDLES, KT Tunstall, Miles Kane, Richard Ashcroft, Sam Fender, The Coral, Tom Walker and Wild Front.

Hacienda Classical return for a second year.

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One of the most recognisable voices of the 1980s, Rick Astley, will also entertain the crowds.

The much-loved, multi-million selling icon returned to the charts in 2018 with the release of his stellar album Beautiful Life, which debuted in the UK Album chart Top 10. He recently appeared onstage with Foo Fighters during their headline performance at Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival, resulting in a live RickRoll courtesy of Dave Grohl and co. He is also joining Take That on their mammoth UK arena tour in 2019.

He said,

“I am so excited and I still can’t believe that I can say to people, ‘I’m playing the Isle of Wight Festival’. I can’t wait!”

Tickets go on sale on Friday at 9am.