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Picture: Adam Lambert Facebook. Photographer Cherry Lee

This will be the band’s first festival set since returning to the stage in 2011 with Adam Lambert. They will have the honour of closing the festival on Sunday June 12, which was given to Fleetwood Mac this year.

Speaking about the appearance to NME, Queen’s guitarist Brian May said: “I think Queen at The Isle of Wight Festival is a date that was long overdue. With an injection of new blood in the shape of the incredible Adam Lambert, Queen will be ready to tear it up on the legendary stage in 2016. Freddie would have loved it. Can’t wait.”

Coincidence or not, next year’s Isle of Wight Festival coincides with the Queens 90th birthday which falls on the same day that Queen are closing the festival.

Isle of Wight boss John Giddings said: “It’s an honour for us to have Queen + Adam Lambert at our festival. It’s the perfect way to celebrate our 15th anniversary.”

With the announcement being made, Queen have now been ruled out of the bookies to headline the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury next year.

Matt Smith

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