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2012 Isle of Wight Festival 'avoids X Factor pop acts'

Mon 23 Jan 2012

2012 Isle of Wight Festival 'avoids X Factor pop acts'

Music lovers looking forward to the Isle of Wight Festival have been told the organisers of the event will not be booking pop acts that have come to fame due to appearances on The X Factor.

John Giddings, curator of the festival, promised ticketholders he will not be adding groups or singers of this type to the bill for the bash, which is being hosted from June 22nd to 24th.

Speaking to NME, he explained the likes of Parade, Pixie Lott, N-Dubz and Alesha Dixon - all of whom have appeared at the event in recent years, will not be returning.

Mr Giddings said: "I did a couple last year, but I felt a bit uncomfortable about that this year. I don't mind having R&B acts on the bill."

He pointed out Wretch 32 and Professor Green are among the musicians to be heading to the Isle of Wight this summer to perform, while Jessie J was recently added to the line-up.

"I think other festivals do straight pop acts and I was backstage at a couple of festivals and they seemed to be full of people I'd seen on TV," the curator added.

An older crowd is not being targeted by the event this year, Mr Giddings claimed, despite the fact the trio of headlining US rock acts are Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Pearl Jam and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

He said he has been trying to persuade Springsteen to play at the Isle of Wight Festival for many years, while he has also had Tom Petty on his wish list for a long time.

Acts recently added to the bill of the Isle of Wight Festival include Magnetic Man, Miles Kane, Kelis, The Charlatans, Caro Emerald, Best Coast and Dry The River.

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