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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 January, 2005, 12:32 GMT
REM to headline island festival
Michael Stipe, REM's lead vocalist performing on stage
American rock band REM will be the headline act of this summer's Isle of Wight Festival.

The group will play on the Sunday night of the three-day musical event, which kicks off on 10 June.

REM's Peter Buck said: "As someone who grew up in America, the Isle of Wight was a distant legend."

The festival was revived in 2002, more than 30 years after the island's legendary 1960s events. In 2004, 30,000 fans watched David Bowie and The Who.

Peter Buck added: "We are all really excited to play on the same stage as Dylan, The Who and Hendrix have in the past. Will there be nude anarchists this time...?"

The festivals were brought to an end in 1970 when 600,000 hippies descended on the island to see Jimi Hendrix perform his penultimate concert, leading to widespread chaos as the perimeter fence was torn down.


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