March 16, 2018
Aaron Middleton and the Purple Smoke
With only a week until the festival commences, its almost time to hop on the ferry and to embrace a lineup full of indie, dance and pop royalty. It’s not all about main-stage acts either at Isle of Wight, with more than enough supporting acts to satisfy even the most alternative of festival goers. We’ve shortlisted the lineup to 10 acts you must see!
We couldn’t kick off the countdown without including the legendary, Sir Rod Stewart.
At the prime age of 72, Stewart upholds a prestigious reputation. With over 100 million records sold worldwide, the knighted rock and roll star continues to do what he does best – performing to sell-out crowds.
Stewart likes to keeps it old-school, boasting a roar and risky rock star voice, treating us to glitzy costumes and sing-along hits. Its likely that his performance will be one of a throwback, with classic anthems such as ‘Ooh La La’ and ‘Stay With Me’ peeking the success of his career.
The old-timer will be closing the festival on the Sunday night.
2013’s Grammy-winning ‘Reflecktor’, Arcade Fire’s fourth album, proved they can almost headline any festival in the world. They remain a band with the intent on dreaming big and making history.
Having signed a new record deal, new material is well on its way. The Canadian band recently released their new single ‘Everything Now’ which sold-out almost immediately on Vinyl. Chances are likely that a fifth album is set to drop soon, likely to be one of the most talked about albums of the year.
With no release date for their fifth album confirmed, lets hope we’re treated to a sneak peak. Either way, Arcade Fire will not disappoint.
Arcade Fire are set to headline on Saturday night.
If you like your music alternative, you’ll most likely be familiar with Catfish and Bottlemen. The Wales
based quartet seemed to have mastered the trick to headlining festivals, making appearances all across the country.
You can expect a slick performance from frontman Van McCann, indie-sing along hits and mosh-pits (a lot of them). They’ll be performing tracks from their most recent album ‘The Ride’ and their debut album ‘The Balcony’.
They are co-headlining Arcade Fire on Saturday night.
Shortlisted for the BBC Music Sound of 2017 and nominated for Q’s Best Breakthrough Act, Reading rockers The Amazons seem to have made their mark in the music industry.
Speaking to LMS in 2016, the four-piece told us: “We deserve to be playing on this stage in front of 40 people because we haven’t done anything yet.” Since then a lot has changed, with their latest singles ‘Black Magic’ and ‘Little Something’ riding high on Radio 1 UK Top 40.
They’ll be performing tracks from their self-entitled debut album The Amazons, with crowd favourites ‘Stay With Me’ and ‘Ultraviolet’ standing out amongst them.
Returning to the festival yet again this year, you can expect a performance of raw rock, hard-hitting riffs and well-crafted lyrics. The Amazons is a band on the rise and cannot be missed.
They are set to perform on the Sunday night.
British pop band Bastille have acquired quite a fan base. Having released their debut album Bad Blood in 2013 which entered at number one, they’ve since been nominated for four Brit Awards and won the British Breakthrough Act. In 2016, they released their highly anticipated album Wild World.
The quartet mix electronic pop, indie-rock and funk to create a unique blend of sound which is refreshing to listen too. Amongst the tracks that stand out include YouTube hit ‘Pompeii’ and ‘The Currents’, a political rebellion track.
Bastille are co-headling Rod Stewart on the Sunday night
French DJ David Guetta has sold over 30 million records worldwide, collaborating with some of the biggest names in the industry, including the likes of Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.
You can almost guarantee Guetta will bring one of the most energetic and vibrant sets of the weekend, and likely the biggest bass drop. Expect classic anthems such as ‘Sexy Bitch’ and ‘Memories’ which reached number one in the United Kingdom.
Currently one of the most successful DJs in the world, Guetta will bring the festival alive. With so many collaborations, its likely we could see a guest appearance…
David Guetta is set to co-headline with Run DMC on the Friday night.
Renowned indie-rockers, Kaiser Chiefs are long-term players in the rock industry. Having won three Brit Awards, a NME award for Best Album and shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.
Charismatic frontman Wilson recently became a television idol, judging on BBC signing competition The Voice, shaping the band’s new direction. Their sixth studio album ‘Stay Together’, features the likes of Girls Aloud and Little Mix, an unexpected route for the rockers.
A Kaiser Chiefs performance will be one of a singalong. The five-piece will certainly be a crowd pleaser with classic anthems such as ‘I Predict a Riot’ and ‘Angry Mob’ – a truly unmissable act.
They are set to perform on the Friday night.
Influenced by the 60’s British Invasion movement, Brighton band The Kooks first broke into the mainstream with their debut album ‘Inside In/Inside Out’ in 2006. 11 years later and the band are currently on the road to celebrate their upcoming ‘Best of’ album.
The Brighton foursome will likely be performing sing-along hits such as ‘Ooh La’ and ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’, alongside more recent tracks from their 2014 ‘Listen’ album.
The Kooks known how to please a crowd and will be worth a watch.
Currently on their 2017 Spring Tour, the London-based four piece make their final stop at the Isle of Wight. Despite being fairly new to the music scene, the band have accomplished much in their time; releasing their self-entitled EP, making appearances on numerous airplays such as BBC introducing and performing alongside Circa Waves during a live set on Soccer AM.
Whilst the name may be unfamiliar to the ordinary festival goer, they’ve secured themselves a well-deserved spot. Having unearthed the band back in April at 60 Million Postcard’s, the name has stuck with us ever since.
Expect to see a performance of outstanding energy, infectious melodies and powerful vocals provided by the enigmatic frontman John Clancy. They’ll likely be performing tracks from their self-entitled EP ‘We are Judas’ and their more recent track, ‘Some People’.
The Isle of Wight Festival takes place from Thursday 8th June – Sunday 11th June. For more details, visit: http://isleofwightfestival.com