EXCLUSIVE: Oasis for Isle Of Wight Festival

Plus four more headline shows planned for 2009

Photographer:Bob Rose

16 October 2008

The Gallagher boys are gearing up for their busiest live summer in years with a European festival tour penned for 2009 - and we've got all the details before anyone else.

An official announcement was made by the band at 4pm today (Thursday) detailing a number of stadium shows across the UK - more HERE - but their festival dates have been held back for now. 

The Isle Of Wight Festival, winner of last year's Best Major Festival at the UK Festival Awards, is expected to be the band's first festival stop, over the weekend of 12-14 June.

Liam and Noel are clearly keen to follow in the footsteps of rock royalty, such as The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols and Muse, and are likely to headline the Saturday night (13th).

Three weeks later the band will play a staggering three festivals in one weekend, taking in Rock Werchter in Belgium, Roskilde in Denmark and Eurockeennes De Belfort in France between 2-5 July.

Benicassim on the Spanish coast beckons next, with the band set to headline one of the days between 16-19 July.

Virtual Festivals is the only website to have scooped Oasis' festivals plans, after being tipped off by a source close to the band.

We were told: "Oasis are keen to get on the road again because they're really proud of this album (Dig Out Your Soul). The Isle Of Wight Festival is a big one for them as it's really upped its profile in recent years.

"The boys are keen to show people they can play festivals in style after getting luke warm receptions at Glastonbury and V Festival in recent years. It should be a great summer for them, let's just hope the Noel and Liam can handle that much time together!"  

Of course, nothing can be certain until officially confirmed by festival organisers. Keep posted to Virtual Festivals for more festival exclusives first.


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