First 2014 Isle Of Wight Festival Acts Announced

10 December 2013, 07:34 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Rockers Biffy Clyro have been unveiled as the first headliners for next year's Isle of Wight Festival with Calvin Harris and Rudimental also announced.

Other acts taking to the stage during the first major festival of the summer are Passenger, The 1975 and The Waterboys.

A festival spokesman said:

"We're proud to announce the return of the award-winning, anthemic rock trio Biffy Clyro, who we're excited to say are appearing in an English festival exclusive.

"We'll also be joined by another Scottish great, who'll be closing the night, the one and only international superstar, Calvin Harris. Both artists have risen through the ranks with phenomenal shows and chart topping music, so get ready for a very special weekend.

"Prior to their performances, electronic outfit Rudimental will take to the stage for much-anticipated guest set.''

John Giddings, the festival's promoter, said:

"Friday night is going to kick it out of the park with Biffy and Calvin and special guests Rudimental - I can't wait.

"Having Passenger and The 1975 already on board we're set for one of our most contemporary years, with the class of The Waterboys complementing the young guns nicely.''

Michael Rosenberg, of Passenger which has achieved a hit single this year with Let Her Go, said:

"I can't wait to play at the Isle of Wight Festival. I played there on a small stage a few years ago and had an amazing time. It'll be great to get back there.''

The Isle of Wight Festival is returning for its 13th year to Seaclose Park in Newport since it relaunched the classic events which took place between 1968 and 1970 which featured acts such as Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Dylan and brought hundreds of thousands of hippies to the island.

The event now features several stages and a variety of attractions, including a beach bar and art installations with campers being able to choose from the normal sites and glamping areas offered by Tangerine Fields and other providers.

The event runs from 12 to 15 June 2014.