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The Who to play their fourth Isle of Wight Festival

Richard Ashcroft will join Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and their touring band to headline Saturday 11 June 2016

By IQ on 17 Mar 2016

The Who, Hamburg, 1972, Heinrich Klaffs

The Who on tour in Hamburg in 1972


image © Heinrich Klaffs

The Who will make it Isle of Wight Festival number four this summer.

Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and co, who played in 1969, 1970 and 2004, will headline Saturday night, joined by “special guest” Richard Ashcroft.

“The Who are part of the fabric of the Isle of Wight Festival, and its great to welcome them back as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations,” says festival promoter John Giddings. “We’re proud to have a line-up of homegrown headliners to help celebrate our own 15th anniversary and ensure this year delivers yet another unforgettable weekend of music.”

The 2016 Isle of Wight Festival will take place between 9 and 12 June at Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight. Veteran dance act Faithless and the Adam Lambert-fronted current iteration of Queen are already confirmed for Friday and Sunday night, respectively.

The Who’s performance at the 1970 festival, in which they played the entirety of then-new album Tommy, is one of the most famous of the career, and was later featured in two concert films, Message to Love and Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. Watch the latter below: