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Last Updated: Friday, 2 March 2007, 11:32 GMT
Beastie Boys to headline Bestival
Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys are currently recording a new album
New York rappers the Beastie Boys are to headline this year's Bestival music weekend on the Isle of Wight.

The Saturday night slot will be the band's only festival appearance in the UK this year.

Dance group The Chemical Brothers will headline the Friday night, with other acts including Billy Bragg, The Orb and reggae legend Gregory Isaacs.

Fans will be able to swim to the event, crossing the Solent for charity with the help of Royal Navy lifeguards.

The event is being curated by Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank, who remained tight-lipped on the festival's closing act.

"As for the Sunday headliner, well you'll just have to wait - but it'll be worth it," he said, adding: "Yes, I do know who it is!"

Bestival is the last major music festival of the summer, taking place from 7-9 September.

It has been named best medium-to-large festival at the UK Festival Awards for the last two years.

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