TOP EIGHTIES pop band Simple Minds will play this year’s Isle of Wight Festival, the CP can reveal, along with energetic indie kids The Pigeon Detectives and multi-platinum selling pop band The Script.
Organisers today (Monday) announced the full Sunday line up, which also includes Welsh rappers Goldie Lookin’ Chain, folk legend Judy Collins and South African singer-songwriter Arno Carstens.
They join Sunday night headliners The Pixies and Neil Young.
Since forming in 1977, Simple Minds, whose hits include Don’t You (Forget About Me) and Alive and Kicking, have had six UK number one albums — making them one of the most successful Scottish bands ever.
Frontman Jim Kerr said: “We are very excited about playing the Isle of Wight. This is the first time Simple Minds have played the festival, so as you can imagine, we’re really looking forward to it.
“We’ll be performing songs from our new album, Graffiti Soul, and some classics gems.”
Leeds quintet The Pigeon Detectives, meanwhile, are renowned for their high-energy performances and sing-a-long anthems, while Irish three-piece The Script sold 60,000 albums last year with their catchy blend of rock and pop.
Goldie Lookin’ Chain return to the Isle of Wight Festival following a fantastically fun performance in 2005, and Seattle songstress Judy Collins completes the bill — making it one of the most eclectic festival bills to date.