The Strokes have signed on as co-healiners with Jay-Z for the Isle of Wight music festival in the U.K. next summer, the first sign that the band is through with its three-plus year break from live performance.
The New York rock act will perform on June 11, while the rapper will take the stage the first night, on June 12, on the English island, which sits south of the country’s mainland. The three-day festival will also feature artists Pink, Blondie, Orbital and Squeeze. Tickets go on sale Friday.
The announcement may indicate that the band is planning more festival appearances next summer. Frontman Casablancas has told multiple outlets that the band had been working on new material since early this year and was planning to release a fourth full-length album in 2010.
The Strokes have been dormant as a live act, largely, since the end of 2006, after they completed a run of dates in support of their last album “First Impressions of Earth.” Members Albert Hammond, Jr., and Julian Casablancas both tried their hand at solo efforts, the latter this year releasing his “Phrazes for the Young.” Drummer Fabrizio Moretti formed a side project from 2007-2008 called Little Joy, while bassist Nikolai Fraiture released an album with his side project Nickel Eye earlier this year. Nick Valensi helped on on records for Devendra Banhart and Little Joy.
The Strokes’ first album, 2001’s “Is This It,” is already making many media outlets’ best-of-the-decade lists, a definitng moment an era of garage rock revival in the early 2000s.