FIRST ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 2019
The incredible Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds headline the opening night of The Isle of Wight Festival 2019, returning to the Festival for the first time since 2012. Chart-topping British singer-songwriter George Ezra will headline the Main Stage on Saturday 15th June, in what will be his first major UK festival headline performance, a huge milestone following an incredible few years for the 7-time BRIT-nominated artist. Special guest Fatboy Slim, making his Isle of Wight Festival debut, will keep the party going as he plays until the early hours following George’s performance. Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro bring their passionate and rousing live show to the Main Stage on Sunday 16th June, closing the 2019 Festival in what is sure to be an epic headline performance. Here are some of our picks from the rest of the lineup!
DMA’S, the indie trio from Sydney that throw back to the Manchester scene of the early ‘90s, came together around 6 years ago and were signed on the strength of their home-recorded demos. Heavily influenced by Britpop icons, it allowed them to penetrate the ultra-competitive British market, succeeding where many bands before them had failed. Sophomore album, For Now, earned them 3 ARIA nominations, for Best Group, Best Rock Album and Best Independent Release. They’ll make their Isle of Wight Festival debut this summer.
music crosses generations in a way that only a handful of wordsmiths can – relatable, relevant and a true story teller. Unsigned and unmatched in his ability to operate outside of the mainstream Gerry
has become a cult hero and force to be reckoned with. His upcoming UK and Ireland headline tour continues his legacy of selling out shows in minutes. His hugely anticipated self-produced, self-released debut album Erratic
Cinematic rocketed to the top of the iTunes album charts
on release with little more than a social media post, holding off some of the biggest names the industry has to offer. His anthemic tracks, laced with social commentary, have captured the imagination of audiences up and down the country. Gerry
is more than an artist but a phenomenon, paving the way for the next generation of DIY pioneers. The awards, sold out shows and reaction to his critically acclaimed debut album has not only propelled him to the next level but affirmed his place as a writer
as well as a live act.
On returning to The Isle of Wight Festival, Gerry said: Looking forward to playing The Isle of Wight Festival again. Class line up – if I wasn’t playing I’d probably be going.
British band IDLES have had an incredible two years: their stunning debut album, Brutalism, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, with their follow up, Joy as an Act of Resistance, propelling them to new heights. Released in 2018, it reached number 5 in the UK Album chart and received critical acclaim from The Guardian, NME, The Independent and Classic Rock. Ending 2018 on many industry lists – including securing the top spot on BBC 6 Music’s Top 10 Albums of 2018 – and kicking 2019 off with a BRIT Award nomination for British Breakthrough Act, they are the band on everyone’s lips. They bring their engine-like drive to The Isle of Wight Festival this June.
Recently awarded the 2019 BRITs Critics’ Choice Award, Sam Fender has enjoyed a very rapid ascent over the past few months. Having toured the UK and Europe relentlessly, building himself a loyal army of fans, this Newcastle-based musician writes honestly and candidly about subjects of social and generational significance, drawn from his experiences growing up in the North East. Sam wraps his pertinent words in rousing, propulsive, arena-sized anthems. The recently released debut EP, Dead Boys, is a mighty statement of intent, recorded in his warehouse studio just a stone’s throw from the River Tyne.
Organically formed, south coast band, Wild Front, aim to pair the unrestrained emotions of music with the capricious nature of life. It came as no surprise when the band formed, as the four boys had been musically working together for years. Although 80s rock and alternative indie is a love they all share, their primary musical influences are so different, ranging from folk to hip-hop. It’s this exotic mix that creates their unique and distinctive sound. They’ve secured support from BBC Introducing and Clash and played a number of UK festivals last summer. They’ll return to The Isle of Wight Festival in June.
In the run up to the festival we’ll be running features on a whole host of artists and look forward to Isle of Wight 2019 being one of it’s biggest years to date!