Return of The Prodigy

By Lorraine Parker

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

 

Return of The Prodigy

The Prodigy — Friday night headliners for this year's Isle of Wight Festival.

AFTER an explosive Isle of Wight Festival debut three years ago, hardcore dance act The Prodigy have been called upon to get this year’s party started.

The announcement of this year’s first headliner has come much later than usual and after months of speculation by festival-goers.

The Essex act will close the Friday night of what is set to be the biggest danceathon in the Isle of Wight Festival’s existence.

The thumping beats of Breathe, No Good and Firestarter sent thousands into a dancing frenzy back in 2006 and organisers will be hoping history repeats itself this time around.

The announcement comes close to the release of The Prodigy’s fifth studio album, Invaders Must Die, and alongside the release of dates for their European Club Tour.

Dance acts just like The Prodigy, Faithless and Groove Armada have set the tone for Fridays in recent years but organisers have gone one step further by announcing a number of high-energy dance acts for Friday 2009.

To perform alongside the hardcore headliners and house duo Basement Jaxx, who were inadvertently announced as the first night’s penultimate act nearly two months ago, organisers have also added drum-and-bass outfit Pendulum.

To top off June 12’s star-studded opening line-up, English pop duo The Ting Tings will also take to the stage.

The duo first hit the headlines with their number one hit single, That’s Not my Name, last summer.

Organisers said announcements for Saturday and Sunday would follow shortly.

This year’s event takes place at Seaclose Park between June 12 and 14.

• More at www.isleofwightfestival.com/

Reporter: lorrainep@iwcpmail.co.uk

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