U.S. band Pixies to play single gig at UK festival

Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:13pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Cult U.S. rock band the Pixies will be one of the headline acts at the Isle of Wight musical festival this summer, organizers said on Friday.

The band, famed for its indie rock style that inspired Nirvana among others, will give their first live performance in Britain in more than four years, playing as a warm-up act for the festival's closer, the legendary Neil Young.

"Having the Pixies complementing Neil Young feels just right," festival promoter John Giddings told Reuters.

"People didn't believe me when I told them. They thought it was too good to be true."

The Isle of Wight festival, which runs from June 12-14, will be the Pixies only performance in Britain, organizers


The band, founded in Boston in 1986, joins The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, The Ting Tings, Stereophonics and Razorlight among an all-star line-up for the popular festival.

The Pixies had a massive following in the late 1980s and early 1990s, before breaking up for nearly a decade.

They reformed in 2003 and have toured the United States and Europe since, generating a cult following.   Continued...

<p>Frank Black of the U.S. band The Pixies performs during the opening night of the Paleo music festival in Nyon in this file photo from July 18, 2006. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse</p>