R.E.M. to headline Isle Of Wight 2005

R.E.M. to headline Isle Of Wight 2005

Photographer: Sara Bowrey26 January 2005

REM, currently on tour in Europe, are the first band to be confirmed for the festival, which takes place at Seaclose Park between 10-12 June.

Guitarist Peter Buck said: "As someone who grew up in America, the Isle of Wight was a distant legend. We're all really excited to play on the same stage as Dylan, The Who and Hendrix have in the past.  Will there be nude anarchists this time...?"

Last year performances from David Bowie, The Who, The Charlatans, and many more, drew crowds of over 30,000. The 2005 event is the fifthannual Isle Of Wight Festival since it has been revived.

It was best known for a series of legendary events in the late '60s, featuring the likes of Bob Dylan, Free, The Doors, and Jefferson Airplane,culminating in 1970 when 600,000 hippies descended on the island to see Jimi Hendrix perform his penultimate concert.

Festival Organisers SOLO said: "It's fantastic that REM. are flying in to start their UK tour early at the festival, we are proud to present one of the best live bands in the world today"

The Isle Of Wight Festival 2005 takes place at Seaclose Park, Newport, from 10-12 June. CLICK HERE for more details and tickets.

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