US band The Strokes are to make their long awaited UK festival comeback next summer when they headline the Saturday night at The Isle Of Wight festival. The announcement marks the return of the band who have been taking a break since the release of 2006’s ‘First Impressions Of Earth‘.
The band recently confirmed they have written new material set for a new album, but no confirmed details have yet been given. Earlier this month, frontman Julian Casablancas released his debut solo LP ‘Phrazes For The Young‘ to widespread critical acclaim, while the band’s seminal debut record ‘Is This It?’ was voted NME’s Album Of The Decade earlier this month.
Confirmed to be joining The Strokes at next year’s Isle Of Wight event are veterans Blondie and 80s group Squeeze. Jay-Z will make a return to the UK festival season when he takes the Friday night headline spot, the Rap star is heavily in demand after his storming performance at the 2008 Glastonbury Festival.
In other festival news, David Bowie has denied he will appear at the 2010 Glastonbury Festival, saying reports he had already signed up the event’s 40th anniversary have “absolutely no substance”. So far, only supergroup U2 have been confirmed for the festival. The Irish band will top the bill on Friday, with rumours persisting that they will be joined by Muse, who released their fifth album ‘The Resistance‘ in September.