Pixies reunite to headline 2009 Isle of Wight festival

Frontman Black Francis said the band would only re-form if they were working on fresh material, so a reunion could mean a new album – or just a fat cheque

Pixies are to reunite – again – for this year's Isle of Wight festival – and Neil Young will be joining them on the bill.

Though it has only been two years since their last gigs, a 2009 concert could mean big things. Black Francis said last year that the band would only re-form again if they were working on new material.

"Whatever we do in the future [has] to be fresh," Francis told NME last year, after the band had again dissolved. "For us, there's gotta be an angle. It can't be just playing our old songs over and over."

The band's last studio album was 1991's Trompe Le Monde.

Of course, the Isle of Wight headline slot might have less to do the promise of new material and more to do with a fat cheque. "It was hard to think of someone capable of complementing the musical talent of Neil Young," festival organiser John Giddings said. "But once I had the idea [of Pixies] it was obvious. It will surely be a legendary day on the Isle of Wight."

Black Francis has most recently been working with Art Brut, producing their new album in Salem, Oregon. Bassist Kim Deal's band, the Breeders, released their fourth album last year.

The Isle of Wight festival takes place from 12 to 14 June.

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Sean Michaels

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