The European Festival Awards 2019 winners
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Isle of Wight Festival confirms 2021 line-up after 2020 edition cancelled

The Isle of Wight Festival has confirmed its line-up for 2021 after the global pandemic forced organisers into the cancellation of the event this summer.

The historic event is set to finally return once between June 17-20 next year, with headliners Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol and Duran Duran all returning after they were originally booked to take to the stage at this year’s event.

Several new names have been included on the line-up which includes Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra performing Ibiza Classics, as well as Carly Rae Jepsen, Mavis Staples and The Snuts.

Other 2020 names who remain on the bill include Sam Fender, Shed Seven, Primal Scream, Happy Mondays, Example, The Manor, All Saints, Are You Experienced? (Jimi Hendrix tribute), Asylums, Balcony, Becky Hill, Donna Missal, Dylan John Thomas, James Arthur, James Vincent McMorrow, Joy Crookes, Kaiser Chiefs, Lightning Seeds, LONA, Lyra, Maisie Peters, Maxïmo Park, and Natasha Bedingfield.

Lionel Richie said this about next year’s festival: “I was really excited to be playing at The Isle of Wight Festival this summer and like so many of us I was very sad that so many things have had to be delayed. Obviously everyone’s health and safety comes first.

“I’m now looking forward to it even more and know we’ll all have such an incredible night of partying together. It’s a festival steeped in music history – Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones have all headlined and I’m honoured to be joining the esteemed list! See you all next year!”

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