Festival season is well and truly here, finally! The sun has even started to make an appearance and it’s making the prospect of a summer filled with friends, livemusic and sun even more exciting. Thursday (12 June) will mark the start of the Isle of Wight festival at Seaclose Park, and boy is it an exciting one to kick off the summer. The four-day festival, which returned in 2002 after a 32-year break, has an exciting line up that is not to be missed.
Isle of Wight is not the most talked about festival in the UK but it is arguably the most prestigious with former headliners including Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan gathering crowds of 600,000 people in 1970.This led to the government passing the Isle of Wight Act in 1971 banning all gatherings of more than 5,000 people without a licence. That’s rock and roll eh?
The rock and alternative festival not only has amazing acts performing over two stages but there is other entertainment available too. Make sure you keep the weekend going after the headliners leave the stage by heading over to Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane for more entertainment available until the small hours of the morning.
With killer headline slots it’s going to be tough to decide who to see, that’s why we’ve come up with our top five acts not to be missed this year.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The American rockers will perform a headline slot on Saturday (14 June) and this will be their only UK date of 2014. This is definitely not one to be missed with classics such as Can’t Stop, Californication and By The Way set to impress the Isle of Wight crowds; there is nothing better to do during the weekend than watch what will no doubt be a memorable performance.
Already set for a summer of festivals, the Scottish trio are opening the Isle of Wight festival. Sharing the bill with Calvin Harris and Rudimental this will be the first headline slot of the summer for Biffy Clyro. If all their other live performances are a taster of what they’ll have on offer then you do not want to miss the bearded trio and their infectiously catchy rock anthems.
Kings Of Leon
Returning to the Isle of Wight, Kings Of Leon are set to close the festival with their only UK headline slot of the summer. We can expect classic tracks such as Use Somebody, The Bucket and Sex On Fire alongside tracks from their UK number one sixth album Mechanical Bull.
Still flying high from the release of their self-titled debut album The 1975 will be performing their blend of indie rock alongside The Pretty Reckless and Red Hot Chili Peppers on Saturday (14 June). Make sure you don’t miss Matt Healy and co. rocking out to The City, Girls and Chocolate giving you something to jump along to.
Fall Out Boy
The faces of emo have returned with a more mature and versatile new album, Save Rock And Roll and you best make sure you appreciate one of the most anticipated returns in the world of pop punk. Get your dancing shoes ready for classics including Dance Dance and This Aint A Scene, It’s An Arms Race.