The Isle of Wight Festival unveils Big Top line-up

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The Isle Of Wight Festival today announces seven new acts for the festival’s prestigious Big Top stage, who will all perform over the weekend of 9-12th June at Seaclose Park.

Joining the already incredible line up, including headliners Stereophonics, Faithless, The Who and Queen + Adam Lambert, are Australian indie-pop sibling trio Germein Sisters, multi-instrumentalist Simon Townshend, atmospheric rock ‘n’ rollers Bang Bang Romeo, tuneful and cheeky cover band The Lounge Kittens, powerful rockers The Carnabys, indie-punk heroes The Novatones and the BBC Radio 2 A-listed Kerri Watt. 

Having spent their childhood jamming together on their family’s bushland property in the Adelaide Hills, Georgia, Ella and Clara Germein decided to combine their individual skills and form 

Germein Sisters. The band have toured Australia, New Zealand, China, Germany and London, and their irresistible charm and flawless harmonies have been compared to the likes of The Corrs, Haim and Coldplay. 

Hailing from a family of incredible musicians and regarded as The Who’s “secret weapon” as part of their live band on their 2012/2013 Who’s Quadrophenia and More Tour, 

Simon Townshend has released 8 acclaimed solo albums and one with the band Casbah Club, all released through his own US label Stir Music. Simon will be taking to the Big Top stage over the weekend performing tracks from his upcoming albums ‘Denial’ and ‘Looking Out Looking In’. 

Labeled as “a harder edged Fleetwood Mac”, Bang Bang Romeo will be bringing their dark, atmospheric rock ‘n’ roll to the Big Top stage. Their sound draws on influences from the likes of Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and Papas and The Doors, and recent single ‘Johannesburg’ landed on the Radio X playlist. 

The Lounge Kittens shot to fame in 2014 with their viral internet video for their cover of ‘Rollin’ by Limp Bizkit. From Sean Paul to Slipknot, the band’s covers have been wowing fans in the UK and in Europe having just returned from touring with the bad boys of heavy metal Steel Panther. Their tuneful and cheeky style will certainly give a sparkle to the Big Top stage!

They started out playing Rolling Stones and Kings of Leon covers in pubs, more recently, The Carnabys have been on a world tour and supported numerous big names. They’ve opened for the likes of Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Kings of Leon and Lenny Kravitz, and their raw, powerful high-octane rock action is sure to bring a burst of energy to the festival over the weekend. 

South Coast four piece The Novatones are an indie-punk band fuelled on a love/hate relationship with all things British. Since forming in 2012, their loyal fan-base grows bigger each year and with a debut album out in the Summer, it’s only due to grow. 

 

Born and raised in Milngavie, just outside Glasgow, Kerri Watt was a music fan from an early age, singing and playing piano at school and competing in regional dance shows by the age of 8. The path has only been upwards since then with her most successful single to date ‘Long Way Home’ which won huge support from BBC Radio 2, climbing onto the station’s A List. 

Published on 11 April 2016 by Ben Robinson

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