Back to making rock history, one of the legendary UK music festivals is to be honoured with the presence of rock royalty next summer when Queen play a festival exclusive on the Isle of Wight.
Queen - the peerless rockers with some 300 million record sales to their name - will return to the UK with touring partner Adam Lambert for a headline show at Isle of Wight Festival 2016.
Now just the pairing of Roger Taylor on drums and permed guitar prince Brian May on that Red Special, Queen are enjoying a new twilight era with some help from Best Friend and American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert. Together they’ve toured the world and played everywhere from the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to Moscow’s Olympic Stadium.
The band, who are currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of their iconic single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, will make the Isle of Wight Festival their only UK show of 2016 when they close the festival on Sunday 12th June.
Brian May commented: “I think Queen at The Isle of Wight Festival is a date that was long overdue. How incredible to take on this challenge at this point in our lives. With an injection of new blood in the shape of the incredible Adam Lambert, Queen will be ready to tear it up on this legendary stage in 2016. Freddie would have loved it. Can’t wait.”
Not wishing to be left out, Roger Taylor said: “When I think of The Isle of Wight Festival I think of Hendrix, Dylan and The Who. What immortal company to be in! Queen are thrilled to be there and can promise a special night.”
Adam Lambert added: “I’m so excited to be a part of The Isle of Wight Festival and share the stage once again with the Queen family. I adore making music with Roger and Brian, and am thrilled to help continue their legacy into 2016. It is true I have large shoes to fill so I’m urgently planning on searching for a new pair of boots (or 5) to wear for the set.”
Adam Deacon made no comment.
Festival boss John Giddings said: “It’s an honour for us to have Queen + Adam Lambert at our festival. It’s the perfect way for us to celebrate our 15th anniversary. Queen’s music appeals to people of all generations and it’s hard to think of another band with such a famous collection of songs. It’s going to be an incredible moment for The Isle of Wight Festival when they share these songs with us.”
Isle of Wight Festival returns to Seaclose Park, Newport for its 15th edition on the great Island from Thursday 9 - Sunday 12 June, 2016, offering up four nights of live music and much more besides.
Click here to read our Isle of Wight Festival review for 2015.
Isle of Wight Festival tickets are on sale now, priced as follows:
Weekend with Camping – £175 plus £13.20 booking fee
Student – £160 plus booking fee
Teen – £125 plus booking fee
Children under 12 – free