Neil Young to play Isle of Wight Festival

Canadian rock veteran Neil Young is to headline this summer's Isle of Wight music festival, organizers say. The 63-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter will close the event on June 14.

Canadian rock veteran Neil Young is to headline this summer's Isle of Wight music festival, organizers say.

The 63-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter will close the event on June 14. Young joins a lineup that includes The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Stereophonics and Razorlight.

Festival organizer John Giddings said he had "tried every year to book Neil Young" because the Toronto-born musician had "inspired generations."

Young appears to be having a long stay in Britain this spring. He recently confirmed he would be playing dates in Nottingham and Aberdeen June 23 and 24, respectively, and he has reportedly agreed to play the Glastonbury Festival, later the same month.

Young made more than 60 albums as a solo artist and band member, recording three consecutive No. 1 releases as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

His latest solo effort, Fork in the Road, is slated for release this April.

Prior to that, a new concert film of Young by director Jonathan Demme  — The Neil Young Trunk Show  — will premiere at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival on March 21 in Austin, Tex.