The United Kingdom's annual Isle of Wight Festival today (Feb. 19) unveiled a strong line-up for its 2007 edition, including several artists who starred at this year's BRIT Awards ceremony.

Headlining the first night of the three-day event on June 8 is Snow Patrol, who performed "Chasing Cars" at the Feb. 14 BRITs ceremony. The main attraction on June 9 is Muse, who picked up a BRIT for Best Live Act. Also appearing at the festival are British Female Solo Artist winner Amy Winehouse, British Male Solo Artist winner James Morrison and British Breakthrough Act winner The Fratellis.

Festival manager Lindsay Weatherstone of promoters Solo tells "We watched the Brits and thought we should announce our line-up now because it seems really exciting. It wasn't deliberately intended to mirror the Brits, though. It just happened accidentally."

Weatherstone does concede, however, that the festival has a different kind of line-up to previous years. In its original incarnation between 1968 and 1970, the festival hosted performances by Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Door and The Who. In more recent years, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Lou Reed and David Bowie have appeared.

This year's line-up is "more current," Weatherstone confirms. "We've moved away from [having] the dance acts on Friday," she says, "and got lots of really 'now' bands; and they're all British as well. Again, that wasn't deliberate, it just happened that way."

A host of bands nominated for BRIT awards this year are also slated to appear, with Kasabian, Paolo Nutini, Wolfmother and the Feeling fleshing out the line-up. Keane (unburdened by Brits this year) will perform on June 9. The final headliner of the three-day event will be announced "in a few weeks time," says Weatherstone.

The 1970 festival attracted an estimated 600,000 people, but since it was revived in 2002, attendances have been on a more manageable scale, rising from 10,000 in 2002 to 50,000 in 2006.

The latter coincided with Glastonbury festival having a fallow year, but Weatherstone says she is not fazed by Glastonbury's return for 2007. "People who come to our festival aren't necessarily people who go to all the other festivals," she claims. "We get a lot of local people. So I don't know if we're hugely affected by [Glastonbury's return]." The 2007 capacity is again set at 50,000.

Even so, the Isle Of Wight festival looks to be moving closer to Glastonbury in tone this year, with more "non-artist" attractions planned. "There'll be a few extra bits and pieces that we want to keep a secret at the moment," says Weatherstone. "Just things to make it a more unique experience."