Arcade Fire have been announced as the headline act for next summer’s Isle of Wight Festival.

It will be the Grammy-winning band’s only UK festival appearance next year, and their first since Glastonbury in 2014.

Previous years have seen The Who, Queen and Faithless lead the June festival’s proceedings, but it was David Bowie who sparked promoter John Giddings’ interest in next year’s headline act.

Mr Giddings said: “I’m so happy to have secured Arcade Fire as our first headliner. David Bowie recommended them and I’ve been a fan ever since. Last year was an incredible year and I’m ready for us to come back even better in 2017.”

Almost 60,000 people are expected to travel by ferry to the Island in June for the sixteenth annual festival since its revival, with early bird tickets going on sale today.

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