Isle of Wight Festival boasts Coldplay, Foo Fighters

Published: 2006-03-15
Coldplay and the Foo Fighters are set to join the illustrious list of bands who have headlined the Isle of Wight Festival.

Appropriately taking place on the Isle of Wight, the very first installment of the music festival took place in 1968. At the time the only major act on the bill was psychedelic groundbreakers Jefferson Airplane. In 1969, according to the Isle of Wight Festival website, " promoter Ray Foulk pestered Bob Dylan for over 6 months to headline the event." Foulk's persistence paid off, as Dylan eventually agreed to headline the festival.

But perhaps the most memorable year for the Isle of Wight was 1970, when the world's biggest acts ascended upon the island, including the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, and Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen. Unfortunately the festival got so out of control that the 'Isle of Wight Act' was passed in the UK to ban all future festivals. The ban was finally lifted in 2002, and the Isle of Wight festival promptly began again.

Since 2002 acts to top the bill for this festival include REM, David Bowie, and Bryan Adams.

This year the three-day festival will run from June 9-11. On the Friday, headliners The Prodigy and Placebo will be joined by Goldfrapp, The Rakes, and Morning Runner. On Saturday The Foo Fighters will be backed by Primal Scream, Editors, Dirty Pretty Things, The Kooks, The Upper Room, and 747s. On the last day Kubb, Maximo Park, Lou Reed, and Richard Ashcroft will open for Coldplay.

Tickets range from 85-105 British pounds, but surprise, surprise, they're already sold out!

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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