Queen and Adam Lambert have been announced as the first headline act for Isle Of Wight Festival 2016.
The iconic festival will welcome Queen and frontman Adam Lambert for their very first U.K. festival appearance.
Brian May said: “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. Freddie would have loved it. Can’t wait.”
As their only U.K. show in 2016, the band will bring their much-loved back-catalogue of hits to the 15th edition of the Isle Of Wight Festival, which takes place from the 9th – 12th June at Seaclose Park.
With a whopping one in three households owning a copy of their ‘Greatest Hits’ album, and fresh blood in the form of American Idol Adam Lambert, Queen are a headline act perfect for festival goers of all ages.
Currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of their seminal single, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Queen will provide sing-along hits in the form of ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘We Are The Champions’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ and ‘Somebody To Love’ during their set.
‘Ghost Town’ singer 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.”
Queen will close the festival on Sun 12th June 2016, just as the nation rolls out the Union Jack bunting to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday the very same day.
Festival Organiser 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.”