Stones Set For IOW

The Rolling Stones were expected to announce a June 10th performance at the Isle of Wight Festival among a list of summer shows that will also include the act’s first visit to Russia.

John Giddings of Solo, the band’s European tour promoter and also the IOW festival organiser, was staying tight-lipped on the subject and refused to confirm U.K. and U.S. trade magazine reports that his 5-year-old outdoor would be among the list of shows.

"Nothing is confirmed until the act announces the tour," he told Pollstar. "Nobody’s called me to check whether it’s true or not and, until the act confirms the tour, everything is just hearsay."

If the act plays IOW it will be its first U.K. festival performance since 1976, when it played an open-air at Knebworth Park with Todd Rundgren, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and 10cc.

Mick Jagger was expected to confirm the shows during a March 22nd Webcast from London, when cities including Barcelona, Madrid, Valladolid, Brussels, Paris, Bergen, Horsens, Gothenburg, St. Petersburg, Brno, Warsaw, Athens, Zagreb, Belgrade, Leipzig, Nuremburg and Frankfurt – the places the act missed when the 2006 Bigger Bang tour was cut short – will find out if they can be fitted in this time around.

This year’s 50,000-capacity IOW Festival sold out in only five days, establishing it as one of the top attractions on the European outdoor circuit.

Among the other acts confirmed for the June 8-10 event at the island’s Seaclose Park are Snow Patrol, Muse, Keane, Paolo Nutini, and James Morrison.