Simple Minds confirmed for the Isle of Wight Festival
Simple Minds, The Pigeon Detectives, The Script, Goldie Lookin Chain, Judy Collins and Arno Carstens join the immense main stage bill for Sunday 14th June at the Isle of Wight Festival 2009. This year's line up is guaranteed to kick off the festival season in sensational style, also featuring Neil Young, Stereophonics, Razorlight, The Prodigy and Basement Jaxx to name but a few. Since forming in 1977 Simple Minds have had 6 UK number one albums making them one of the most successful Scottish bands… ever! Their astounding live shows have won them huge critical acclaim across the world, and their first appearance at this year's Isle of Wight Festival is set to be as epic as ever. Renowned for their number one hits such as 'Alive and Kicking', they first hit the top spot with the album 'Sparkle in the Rain' paving the way to rock royalty. Their 15th studio album 'Graffiti Soul' is due for release in May and will see the band return on fine form. "We are very excited about playing the Isle of Wight," says Jim Kerr. "This is the first time Simple Minds have played the festival, so as you can imagine, we're really looking forward to it. We'll be performing songs from our new 'Graffiti Soul' album and some classics gems." The Pigeon Detectives, one of the most popular acts of 2008 are due to hit the Isle of Wight Festival's main stage with full force this year. With the success of their debut album 'Wait For Me', and its follow up 'Emergency', the Leeds quintet are renowned for their high-energy performances and sing-a-long anthems. Multi platinum selling rockers The Script, join Sunday's spectacular main stage line up. Having sold 600,000 albums in 2008 alone, securing 3 top ten singles, the Irish three-piece have gone from strength to strength and are set to bring down the house with their intense blend of rock and pop. Welsh rappers Goldie Lookin' Chain, never cease to amaze and amuse with their unique take on bling, riches and rides, so prepare to learn a lesson or two from the outspoken 8 piece at the Isle of Wight Festival 2009. GLC's new album 'ASBO4LIFE' is due out this summer so expect another selection of culture crushing classics from the Newport boys. Folk legend Judy Collins completes Sunday's line up and no doubt one of the most eclectic festival bills to date. The Seattle songstress began her career in 1960 covering songs by the likes of Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan with her unique soprano singing style. The Grammy award winner has dabbled in various musical styles including rock'n'roll and pop so expect something very special at this year's festival. Now in its eighth year since its reincarnation in 2002, the Isle of Wight Festival brings together 50,000 free spirited, music loving, friends, families and festival goers in front of one almighty stage, in a simply stunning setting. It is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive and well-loved festivals on the calendar and the two UK Festival Awards for 'Best Major UK Festival' and 'Outstanding Contribution to Festivals' (awarded to John Giddings) is proof of just that. The Isle of Wight Festival takes place 12th – 14th June at Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight. Tickets are on sale now, for tickets and more information check out - www.isleofwightfestival.com .