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Queen announced as Isle of Wight Festival headliners

Guitarist Brian May of Queen said he is read to 'tear it up' at the festival Credit: Utrecht Robin/ABACA

Legendary rock band Queen have been announced as the headliners of next year's Isle of Wight Festival.

The band, who are currently celebrating their 40th anniversary of making music together, will be joined onstage by American singer Adam Lambert who has recently been touring with them.

Queen and Adam Lambert have been revealed as Isle of Wight headliners Credit: PA Wire

Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor said they were thrilled to be asked to take to the stage on Sunday night of the festival and paid homage to former frontman Freddie Mercury would have loved to have been a part of the experience if he were still alive.

May said:

I think Queen at The Isle of Wight Festival is a date that was long overdue. How incredible to take on this challenge at this point in our lives.

With an injection of new blood in the shape of the incredible Adam Lambert, Queen will be ready to tear it up on this legendary stage in 2016. Freddie would have loved it. Can't wait.

– Brian May

Taylor added:

When I think of The Isle of Wight Festival, I think of Hendrix, Dylan and The Who. What immortal company to be in.

Queen are thrilled to be there.

– Roger Taylor

Queen's headline performance, which is the first the Isle of Wight has revealed as part of it's 2016 lineup, will be the first time the band has performed at a UK music festival.

Previous headliners at the festival include The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters and Fleetwood Mac.