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Hip-hop stars Run-DMC set to headline Isle of Wight Festival

Run-DMC are to headline the Isle of Wight Festival next year.

The US hip-hop pioneers will join DJ David Guetta at the top of the bill on the Friday night slot.

Also announced on Wednesday by festival organisers were singer-songwriter George Ezra, indie-pop group Bastille and newly crowned Critics' Choice at the Brit Awards winner Rag'n'Bone Man.

Run-DMC's Joseph Simmons said the group "absolutely love playing in the UK".

He added: "It's always such a great reception. You guys rock.

"To be given the chance to play such an iconic UK festival is huge and we're really looking forward to it."

Headlining Saturday night are Canadian band Arcade Fire, while British rocker Rod Stewart is to close the festival on Sunday.

Festival promoter John Giddings said: "The Isle of Wight Festival has always been known for its variety in music and this year is no different.

"To have the world's first and most inspiring hip-hop group headlining alongside one of the world's biggest electronic DJs is fantastic.

"Again there's something for everyone. I know the crowds at the festival are going wild for all the acts, not just the headliners."

Since the festival relaunched at Seaclose Park, Newport, in 2002, it has featured headline acts from some of the world's biggest stars including David Bowie, Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Blur and the Foo Fighters.

Isle of Wight Festival 2017 will run between June 8 and June 11.

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