The Isle Of Wight Festival kicks off at Seaclose Park this weekend. With an impressive line-up and heavyweight headliners, it’s undoubtedly one of the most hotly-anticipated festivals this summer.
Whether you’re braving the temperamental weather and trauma of the portaloos to be there, or just watching from the comfort of your own couch, Gutter HQ has the 10 acts that you can’t afford to miss!
The Brit-born singer is best known for her collaboration with Clean Bandit on the track, “Rather Be”, which hit number one back in 2014. Glynne scored a number one single in her own right with, “Hold My Hand” and her debut LP, “I Cry When I Laugh” is due to drop in August.
Fresh from supporting Manic Street Preachers at Cardiff Castle, Welsh band, Pretty Vicious are due to play a slot at Isle Of Wight this weekend. Formed in 2014, Pretty Vicious have a UK headline tour lined up later this year, including a date at Glasgow’s King Tut’s on 28th September 2015.
Blues beauty, Imelda May began her career as a musician aged just 16; she formed her own band in 2002 and released her debut LP, “No Turning Back” in 2003. May’s fourth studio album, “Tribal” was released in April 2014.
Punk rocker, Billy Idol is known (and loved) for his signature tracks, “White Wedding”, “Mony Mony” and “Rebel Yell”. The singer is currently out on tour in support of 2014 LP, “Kings & Queens Of The Underground”.
First Aid Kit
Flying the flag for Sweden this weekend is folk duo, First Aid Kit. The pair formed in 2007 and their latest LP, “Stay Gold” was released in June 2014, their third album in just 4 years.
Stiff Little Fingers
Belfast-born Stiff Little Fingers originally formed back in 1977. Considered to be one of Green Day’s biggest influences, the Northern Irish band have released 10 studio albums, the latest being 2014’s “No Going Back”.
Guaranteed to have the festival punters bouncing this weekend is The Prodigy. Best know for their hits, “Firestarter” and “Smack My Bitch Up”, the band scored a number one album back in March 2015 with sixth studio LP, “The Day Is My Enemy”.
Old Oasis rivals, Blur are scheduled to headline Isle Of Wight this weekend, fresh from a mini UK tour this week of just 3 cities. The band, who formed in London in 1988, scored a string of hits throughout the goldern-era of Britpop in the 1990s, before splitting in 2003. Recently reformed, the band released their eighth LP, “The Magic Whip” in April 2015, their first album since 2003’s “Think Tank”.
Homegrown hero, Paolo Nutini is bringing his winning blend of blues and soul to the festival this weekend. The Paisley-born singer released his third LP, “Caustic Love” in April 2014, his first studio release since 2009’s “Sunny Side Up”. Nutini is due to play his biggest outdoor hometown gig in August in the form of Bellahouston Park, as part of Glasgow’s Summer Sessions 2015.
Despite the rumours of a headlining Glastonbury slot this summer, it was Isle Of Wight organisers who snared the legendary rock band from under the Eavis’ noses! Fleetwood Mac formed in London in 1967, but have enjoyed a hugely successful rejuvenation in the past few years, delighting old fans and claiming some new ones. The line-up includes former member, Christine McVie who rejoined the group last year; she hasn’t played with the band since 1998.