Canadian indie band Arcade Fire have been announced as the first headliners for Isle Of Wight Festival 2017. Fronted by Win Butler, the band will grace the main stage on Saturday 10 June marking their only UK festival performance of the summer and first since 2014.
Arcade Fire, which also consists of William Butler, Regine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara, released their fourth chart-topping album Reflektor in 2013. It is expected that the band will release their new album sometime in 2017 ahead of their Isle Of Wight performance. Early bird tickets for the festival go on-sale on 7 November at 9am.
Announcing the first headliners, festival promoter John 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."
Fans are thrilled by the news with one commenting on Twitter: "News that Arcade Fire playing at @IsleOfWightFest is just the tonic on a cold Monday morning," said one. Another chimed in: "Fair play to Isle Of Wight festival for booking Arcade Fire. Unreal live."
In September, Butler hinted at the band's plans for a return with new music in 2017. The singer told NME: "We're all itching to play music together and start recording things. We're basically in the demo and play together phase, and historically that's led to realising that, surprisingly, we're 30 per cent into a record, so we'll see if that happens."
Butler added: "It's a bit different this time because everyone's older and fatter and lazier, so it might take longer, but we're playing music together. Win and Regine got a place in New Orleans so I think we'll spend some time there, because why wouldn't you? But apart from that we're in the old HQ [in Montreal]."
Isle Of Wight will return to Seaclose Park, Newport from 8 to 11 June 2017 and the festival will offer both day and weekend tickets.