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Matt Cardle to play at Isle of Wight Festival

Tue 21 Feb 2012

Matt Cardle to play at Isle of Wight Festival

This year's Isle of Wight Festival will see a headline slot from last year's winner of The X Factor Matt Cardle, it has been revealed.

The singer-songwriter, who is arguably most famous for the shabby hat he sported during the series last winter, took to his Twitter page to announce the news.

Cardle - who scored a number one at the end of the year with a cover of the Biffy Clyro track Many of Horror - told his 600,000 followers on the site he will be travelling to the Isle of Wight this summer in order to perform at the event.

This could spark a fresh interest in Isle of Wight Festival tickets for this June's bash, with passes available from the island-based ferry company Red Funnel.

Cardle added he will be playing on the Garden Stage of the festival, joining the list of names that have already been announced for this part of the event, which include Beth Hart, Christina Perri, New York Dolls, The Christians, Miles Kane, Crystal Castles and Best Coast.

It may be part of a move by the X Factor winner to boost his credibility, as he noted he will only be armed with his acoustic guitar for his appearance on the Isle of Wight.

The star also mentioned festival curator John Giddings in his message to his hundreds of thousands of fans, adding he is "so excited" to be able to announce he is performing at the Isle of Wight Festival, which is being headlined by Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from June 22nd to 24th.

Mr Giddings previously told NME magazine he is shying away from booking X Factor-style pop acts for the 2012 event, after previous years' festivals showcased the likes of Pixie Lott, Alexandra Burke, N-Dubz and Parade.

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