ITV News - 30th November 2003

Bowie to join festival legends

Music veteran David Bowie has jumped at the chance to headline the Isle Of Wight Festival next year.

The star said he has longed to play the legendary event which was revived in 2002.

Bowie said of the show: "I was so envious of other acts that got to do the other Isle of Wight Festivals - it is really coming back."

The festival hosted performances by The Who, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors in its earlier incarnation.

It was held each summer from 1968 to 1970. The next festival will take place from June 11 to 13.

Bowie added: "This is the very first time I have been to the Isle of Wight Festival. Obviously I've been to the Isle of Wight, it's a fabulous place - I used to go there on holiday when I was a kid.

"I jumped at it, it is a smashing thing to do."

Bowie - who has been a Glastonbury headliner in the past - said he loved the vibe of festivals.

"It is definitely one of my favourite ways to work - I love older and younger bands, and for a guy like me it is great to see the mix.".