Brian May: Playing a festival will 'open doors'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 November 2015
Brian May and Anita Dobson

Brian May and Anita Dobson

Brian May believes signing up to headline the Isle of Wight Festival next year will "open doors" for his group Queen and Adam Lambert

Brian May thinks signing up to headline the Isle of Wight Festival 2016 will "open doors" for Queen and Adam Lambert.

The 68-year-old guitarist will close the event with his group on June 12 next year and admits that whilst they have never done a festival together before, they are ready to put on a "great show".

Speaking at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards, which he attended with his wife Anita Dobson, he told BANG Showbiz: "I'm so excited to be playing it. The Isle of Wight festival to us is of great resonance because of who played there - it's The Who, it's Jimi Hendrix, it's Bob Dylan. To be part of that is great, to be asked is fantastic and we just need to make sure we put on a great show.

"We've been asked to play a lot of festivals and we haven't done it, I guess because we've always wanted control over what we do. But maybe this has opened the door."

However, Brian is a little worried how the band will cram all of their hits into the set.

He added: "The problem with Isle of Wight is how do we get all the hits in. We shall see. It's a very exciting prospect for us because we've never done a festival before."

Queen & Adam Lambert

Having completed their sold out world tour the critically acclaimed partnership of Queen guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and new vocalist Adam Lambert (American Idol/Glee) embark on a series of European dates.

Birmingham Arena

Sat 16 Dec

£79 / 0871 945 6000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 12 Dec

£79.75–£90.75 / 0844 856 0202

Wed 13 Dec

£79.75–£90.75 / 0844 856 0202

The SSE Arena, Wembley

Fri 15 Dec

£79.25–£90.25 / 0844 815 0815