Pixies 'exclusive' for festival

By a County Press reporter

Friday, March 13, 2009


CULT American alternative rock band Pixies will play ahead of headliner Neil Young on Sunday's bill at this year's Isle of Wight Festival.

The four-piece Boston punk and surf-rock band make the Island set on Sunday, June 14, their only UK festival performance this year.

"It was hard to think of someone capable of complementing the musical talent of Neil Young but once I had the idea, it was blindingly obvious and it will surely be a legendary day on the Isle of Wight," said John Giddings, festival promoter.

Formed in 1986, Pixies influenced a generation of guitar bands.

Their albums Surfer Rosa and Bossanova both won album of the year accolades in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

More recent success includes a reunited Pixies single, Barn Thwok, which coasted to number one in the British download chart in 2004.

Pixies join an eclectic 2009 festival line-up including The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, The Ting Tings and Pendulum on Friday night, Stereophonics and Razorlight on Saturday and a Big Top curated on Sunday by Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess.

The Isle of Wight Festival runs from June 12 to 14 at Seaclose Park, Newport.

• More on the official site at www.isleofwightfestival.com

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