The winner of our Ray-Ban competition Sean Camp got the chance to review last weekend’s Isle Of Wight Festival – read his write-up below:
I was taken to the Ray-Ban tent backstage where there was booze and a fantastic party atmosphere. I was then interviewed by We Are Scientists. It was pretty surreal but a really funny experience. Chris Cain and Keith Murray are really awesome guys.
After my interview, I went off to experience the music! Friday night on the main stage was class. On the first night Kaiser Chiefs and Kings Of Leon were the top billed bands, and deservedly so. Both gave the performances of their lives. Kaiser Chiefs threw some new songs into their set but it was their older sing-a-longs that were the highlight.
Kings Of Leon were on another level. They are absolutely at the top of their game right now and they played one of the tightest sets of the weekend. They finished with the classic ‘Black Thumbnail’ and a round of fireworks. It was a goosebump-inducing way to end a fantastic Friday.
I went backstage to meet the festival organiser and agent to the likes of U2, John Giddings, who gave me a tour of the festival. It is thanks to this man that the festival is what it is today. He was very friendly and it’s testament to the guy that he found time in his busy schedule to give me a tour.
Seasick Steve was on the Main Stage. He was flanked by a drummer who looks like the human version of Animal from The Muppets and the legendary Led Zep man John Paul Jones on the bass guitar. As well as Steve using several different types of guitar, his drummer took to playing the broom in one song! I was impressed.
Then came one of the strangest performances I’ve ever seen, from Iggy And The Stooges. Iggy will always be a rebel and took sheer pleasure from swearing and generally shunning the rules. He even bent a microphone stand when he smacked it on the stage. Despite the strangeness of it, I really enjoyed it.
Then Pulp came and blew everyone away. Jarvis Cocker is one of the best frontmen around and his pure eccentricity permeated a set full of classics like Disco 2000 and Common People. The world is definitely a better place now that Pulp are back.
My festival highlight had to be headliners Foo Fighters. They played for nearly 20 minutes over their allotted time – their set was awesome, mixing old favourites like ‘All My Life’ and ‘Best Of You’ with new ones like ‘Arlandria’ and ‘White Limo’. There really aren’t many better live bands around at the moment.
Sunday was dreadful weather-wise but I was again off to the Big Top to catch the end of Public Image Limited’s set and watch Manic Street Preachers. I’ll be honest, I don’t regret missing Kasabian because the Manics. Their set was full of energy and they had everyone singing along. To top off a great weekend, I went backstage and met James Dean Bradfield. Really cool guy.
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Then came the 1am decision to pack up the tent and go home… but that’s a different story!