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Isle of Wight Festival 'will end if talent dries up'

Thu 18 Nov 2010

Isle of Wight Festival 'will end if talent dries up'

The boss of the Isle of Wight Festival has claimed that he will only continue to put the event on each year while the bands available to headline it are good enough.

Speaking to Virtual Festivals, John Giddings announced that he believes the lack of quality big-name bands around at the moment is because acts are expected to be successful immediately by record companies which do not give them time to grow.

"The slightest bit of ability now gets put on YouTube and it gets fast-tracked to releasing a record and being on TV and you haven't actually leaned your craft," he said.

He stated that this means bands can end up playing at Wembley Arena before they are capable of doing so.

Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters and Kasabian have been revealed to be the headliners of next year's Isle of Wight Festival, with Mr Giddings explaining he booked the latter act as he believes they have taken up the mantle and become one of Britain's best bands.

Posted by Carla Winter ADNFCR-3083-ID-800243801-ADNFCR

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