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Isle of Wight Festival act announcement

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The Isle of Wight Festival today announces more artists joining the line-up for the 2020 event.

Announced today are…

THURSDAY: FooR, Natasha Bedingfield, Are You Experienced? (Jimi Hendrix tribute)

FRIDAY (Main Stage): You Me At Six, LONA

FRIDAY (Big Top): Joy Crookes, The Lathums, Donna Missal, Rebecca Hurn

SATURDAY (Main Stage): All Saints, Lightning Seeds, Roachford, Rothwell, Asylums

SATURDAY (Big Top): Sam Feldt (LIVE), Maxïmo Park, Ella Henderson, Lyra, Dylan John Thomas

SUNDAY (Main Stage): Black Eyed Peas, James Vincent McMorrow, Seasick Steve, Megan McKenna

SUNDAY (Big Top): Razorlight, New Rules, Balcony

 

The second announcement showcases the festival’s diversity when it comes to genre, with something for everyone across the weekend.

 

These acts join previously announced 2020 headliners Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, Chemical Brothers and Duran Duran (UK festival exclusive) with Big Top headliners Happy Mondays, Primal Scream and Kaiser Chiefs. Other acts already announced across the weekend include special guest Pete Tong (presents Ibiza Classics), Becky Hill, Sam Fender, James Arthur, Supergrass, Dido, Sigma (DJ set), Shed Seven, Example, Maisie Peters, The Manor and JC Stewart.

 

The UK’s oldest festival – first held in 1968 – celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic 1970 festival this year – a festival which cemented its place within pop history with performances from Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Joni Mitchell. Hendrix’s legendary headline performance was his last in the UK and the 1970 festival was the last on the island until it was resurrected in 2002.

 

Tickets for The Isle of Wight Festival 2020 are on sale now: www.isleofwightfestival.com/tickets.

As well as a 180 acre campsite that runs alongside the River Medina, the festival also offers a VIP glamping experience in the Harvest Moon Boutique. Fans can book a pre-pitched tent in Pink Moon Camping or a Deluxe Yurt, Podpad or Kushti Cabin, and enjoy quality toilets, showers and more.

 

Under the Stars, the festival’s ultimate luxury camping experience, is located just behind the Main Stage and offers festival goers the chance to experience premium VIP over the weekend. Fans can stay in either an Indian Shikar Tent or a Bedouin Pagoda and enjoy complimentary food and drink, exclusive access to the backstage area and relaxing beauty room.

 

Getting to the Isle of Wight couldn’t be easier: festival goers can travel to a ferry port (via coach travel with Big Green Coach; Liftshare; train; or private car) then hop on a Red Funnel or Wightlink ferry to arrive on the island in just 45 minutes.

 

Playing the 2020 festival are (in alphabetical order):

 

Girl band royalty All Saints join the line-up, bringing with them era-defining classics such as  Never Ever, I Know Where It’s At and Pure Shores. One of the most successful pop groups of the 90s, they sold over 12 million records worldwide, had two multi-platinum albums, won BRIT Awards and multiple Number 1 singles. The four-piece are sure to deliver a set that celebrates their 20+ years of pop stardom.

 

Fans at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival were witness to Jimi Hendrix’ last performance in the UK before his untimely death. Are You Experienced?, the premier Jimi Hendrix tribute, is the perfect soundtrack to a walk down memory lane. Are You Experienced? aim to bring the magic and allure of the 1970 event to the modern-day festival by performing all of Hendrix’ best loved hits.

 

UK rockers Asylums combine fuzzy rock riffs with pop structures, whilst pointing a sarcastic finger at social trends. Influenced by Ash, Weezer, Supergrass and Pavement their DIY ethos saw them start their own label (Cool Thing Records) through which they released their own music.

 

South London alt-pop four-piece Balcony produce effortlessly catchy tracks influenced by nights out, dream collaborations and self-love. They’ve secured support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, Radio X and more and play The Isle of Wight Festival this June.

 

Black Eyed Peas were blurring genre lines long before it became commonplace, pioneering an unprecedented global hybrid of hip-hop, pop, electro, and world as early as 1995. The Los Angeles trio – will.i.am, Apl.de.ap and Taboo – maximise the momentum of a legendary career earmarked by making history, breaking records, and raising the bar yet again in 2020 and beyond.

 

LA based singer-songwriter Donna Missal’s debut album This Time blends a multitude of sensitivities from soul and hip-hop to rock’n’roll and is a true testament to the sheer force of her vocal. Having also been a featured artist on Macklemore’s Gemini, penned songs for the Netflix series The Get Down and supported K.Flay at sold-out shows, Missal brings her stunning stage presence across the pond in 2020.

 

Scottish singer-songwriter Dylan John Thomas secured a support slot on Gerry Cinnamon’s UK and European tour, playing to over 30,000 people. Dylan played his biggest headline show in Glasgow’s renowned King Tut’s. With this sold-out show, the young singer achieved the fastest selling King Tut’s debut for a Scottish solo act in the venue’s history.

 

Singer-songwriter Ella Henderson has had an incredible career thus far, turning sixth place on The X Factor into worldwide smash Ghost and collaborations with Sigala (We Got Love) and Jax Jones (This Is Real) – her career has gone from strength to strength. With a new album currently in the works, she joins the line-up and aims to deliver the ultimate summer vibe.

 

FooR took the UK bass scene by storm in 2018 with their album Friends Of FooR smashing into the Top 10 of the Official UK Dance Charts. The album featured 18 of their productions with a raft of UK vocal and production talent including Jaguar Skills, Lisa Maffia, Majestic, Bassboy and more contributing. The album gained critical acclaim and led to their UK and European tour selling out.

 

Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow’s debut album Early in the Morning received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and he’s performed sold out shows at the Sydney Opera House, The Barbican, The Roundhouse, The Wiltern and more. He’s collaborated with Kygo and Drake and his cover of Chris Issak’s Wicked Games soundtracked the trailer for Game of Thrones season six.

 

The festival is also set to welcome some very exciting newcomers. 21 year old singer-songwriter Joy Crookes brings her soulful fusion of trip-hop and R’n’B to the festival. Her recent EPs Perception and Reminiscence have both received critical acclaim and truly showcase her raw and honest talent. Crookes was nominated for the 2020 BRITs Rising Star Award, signalling big things to come for the South Londoner.

 

Lightning Seeds’ Ian Broudie originally emerged onto the music scene in the late seventies to enjoy a career which has seen everything from post-punk tendencies to the roaring football anthem Three Lions, which has reached Number 1 on three separate occasions since its original release in 1996. Currently on tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their seminal album Jollification, the band will bring their outstanding catalogue to the festival this June.

 

LONA are not just a collection of artists, but a movement; a movement of belonging, self-love and empowerment accompanied by boundless attitude and moody dark-pop anthems mingling with thought-provoking, relatable lyrics. With a live show packed with energy and passion, LONA are sure to become your favourite new band of 2020.

 

Lyra, hailed as “Beyonce…with a Cork accent” (The Sunday Independent), has previously supported the likes of Jess Glynne, James Bay and Dermot Kennedy. The Irish pop star draws inspiration from Enya, Florence and the Machine and Kate Bush, and her beautiful and captivating vocals will be a delight this June on the Isle of Wight.

 

Newcastle’s angular pop quintet Maxïmo Park craft smart, sharply catchy songs inspired by post-punk and new wave legends like The Jam, XTC, Wire and The Smiths. Through their 14 years so far as a band they’ve released six studio albums, garnered over three million album sales and multiple Top 10 records, plus a Mercury Prize nomination for their debut album. Long renowned as a phenomenal live band, they’re a welcome addition to The Isle of Wight Festival line-up.

 

Winner of The X Factor: Celebrity, Megan McKenna brings her beautiful, self-penned songs to the festival stage for the first time. Megan was one of two contestants in X Factor history to perform original songs and week-by-week she took the nation by storm and was eventually crowned winner. Her wiry vocals, soft yet powerful sound and alluring stage presence did not go amiss, seeing her sail through each week of the competition with ease.

 

British pop star Natasha Bedingfield’s blend of early noughties pop R’n’B earned her a GRAMMY nomination, mega TV syncs and fans on both sides of the pond. Having spent some time writing for other artists she returned in 2019 with new music and she’ll bring her modern pop classics to the island this summer.

 

New Rules only formed in early 2019 yet have already garnered a fanatical fan base across the globe. Single Fix Somebody was added to Radio Disney US’ 2020 playlist alongside some of pop’s all-time biggest names. They have sold out two UK headline tours and supported Julia Michaels and Little Mix.

 

Formed initially amidst the aftermath of the Britpop era during the early 2000s, indie rock icons Razorlight have seemed to be ever present in public consciousness. Debut album Up All Night perfectly encapsulated the East London sweatbox venue scene that the band were so familiar with, whilst the follow-up, which featured lead singles In The Morning and America, catapulted them to international stardom.

 

Rebecca Hurn is a Welsh 25 year old singer-songwriter creating beautiful, thought provoking acoustic music with contemporary, evocative vocals and relevant lyrics. She won Best Singer-Songwriter (Folk Song) at the 2019 International Independent Music Awards for her track Waves.

 

Roachford, led by Andrew Roachford MBE, saw huge success in the 90s, becoming record label Columbia’s biggest selling UK act for a decade. Touring the UK next month the band have a deep-rooted desire to continually make great music.

 

London-based pop star Rothwell has been hotly tipped by the likes of CLASH, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra and more. At just 24 years old she has under her belt a viral hit (Velvet Heart, thanks to a sync on Love Island), support slots on Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose World Tour’ as well as appearances at Latitude, British Summer Time and The Isle of Wight Festival.

 

Producer Sam Feldt (live) began his career at a very young age, aided by being born into a musical household. Following a six month internship on the Caribbean island of Curacao, he was introduced to the tropical house sound he is now famous for perfecting. Characterised by the heavy use of vocals and live instruments, Sam’s music is warm and intimate, and lends itself especially well to true live performances.

 

Seasick Steve has been busy writing songs for his next album which is due to be released spring 2020. In celebration of the as-yet-untitled album, Steve will head out on the road, including a stop at The Isle of Wight Festival, bringing his unique show to venues and festival stages across Europe. Steve’s long-time drummer Dan Magnusson (a.k.a. CrazyDan) will of course be with him on this tour

 

A relatively new yet well-polished band circulating the indie music scene, The Lathums will also play this year’s festival. Having sold out their debut 2020 UK tour in a day and upgrading venues in most major British cities, it is clear to see that the Wigan-based band are already making quite the impression on the live circuit. 2020 will see them tour with Blossoms and Gerry Cinnamon as well as make their Isle of Wight Festival debut.

 

Over a decade since their inception, You Me At Six continue to assert themselves as one of the most relevant rock bands the UK has to offer. With four Gold records and five Top Ten albums in the UK, an unparalleled 15 consecutive A-List singles on BBC Radio 1, and multiple sold-out UK and US headline tours, the band are assured heavyweights in the live arena consistently met with phenomenal demand.

 

Fans can keep up to date with the festival by using the hashtag #IOW2020 on Twitter and Instagram. Follow the festival on Twitter @IsleOfWightFest and on Instagram @isleofwightfest.

 

Disabled access tickets must be purchased from Ticketmaster: book here.

 

Artists announced for The Isle of Wight Festival 2020 (in alphabetical order):

 

All Saints

Are You Experienced? (Jimi Hendrix tribute)

Asylums

Balcony

Becky Hill

Black Eyed Peas

Dido

Donna Missal

Dylan John Thomas

Duran Duran

Ella Henderson

Example

FooR

Happy Mondays

James Arthur

James Vincent McMorrow

JC Stewart

Joy Crookes

Kaiser Chiefs

Lewis Capaldi

Lightning Seeds

Lionel Richie

LONA

Lyra

Maisie Peters

Maxïmo Park

Megan McKenna

Natasha Bedingfield

New Rules

Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics

Primal Scream

Razorlight

Rebecca Hurn

Roachford

Rothwell

Sam Feldt (LIVE)

Sam Fender

Seasick Steve

Shed Seven

Sigma (DJ set)

Snow Patrol

Supergrass

The Chemical Brothers

The Lathums

The Manor

You Me At Six