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Isle Of Wight Festival - classic photos

  • In this snap by Andy Willsher, Kasabian savour the atmosphere of the festival in 2007. The band are sure to get the crowd frenzied like this when they grace the Isle Of Wight Main Stage again this weekend with some of their new material.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • In this photo from 2008, Seaclose Park brims with fans eager for the likes of the Kaiser Chiefs, Sex Pistols, The Police, KT Tunstall, N.E.R.D., Kate Nash, Newton Faulkner, The Kooks and other artists slated to play the Main Stage. Taken by Andy Willsher.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Paul Smith from Maximo Park demonstrates impressive flexibility onstage at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2006. Photographed by Guy Eppel.

    Photo: Guy Eppel/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Florence poses for Andy Willsher in 2010. We're sure that dress was a right 'mare with the mud. Wellies not pictured.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Kaiser Chiefs are photographed by Andy Willsher in 2008. The band return to the Isle Of Wight this weekend and are bringing their new album with them.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Guy Eppel’s photograph of The Prodigy shows Keith Flint sticking it to the crowd (or pointing, we can't really tell) during their set at Isle Of Wight in 2006.

    Photo: Guy Eppel/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • In this 2007 shot by Andy Willsher, Matthew Bellamy and Muse hone the art of their impressively epic live show, following the runaway success of Black Holes and Revelations.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Another shot of Kasabian by Andy Willsher from 2007, well that's one way to arrive at Isle Of Wight.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Biffy Clyro take to the stage on a day that couldn’t have better weather in 2010, photographed from the side of the stage by Andy Willsher.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Photographer Andy Willsher shoots the crowd at Isle Of Wight last year, are you off to this year's bash? Listen to Two Door Cinema Club and more with our Essential Isle Of Wight Playlist

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • A Phil Wallis snap taken from 2004, the year of The Libertines' split. Carl Barat looks notably un-phased, as he hangs out backstage.

    Photo: Phil Wallis/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Here’s another photograph from Guy Eppel taken at Isle Of Wight 2006, of Tom Smith from Editors giving it his all.

    Photo: Guy Eppel/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Pete Doherty getting up and close to the fans during Babyshambles’ debut at Isle of Wight Festival in 2005, just a year after the first Libertines split. Taken by Andrew Kendall.

    Photo: Andrew Kendall/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • In what appears to be a halting performance of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, Iggy & The Stooges take to the Main Stage in 2008, photographed by Andy Willsher.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Andy Willsher snags a photograph of the Kaiser Chiefs hanging out off stage at 2008’s festival. Don’t miss them this year as they kick off Isle of Wight 2011 from the Main Stage with Kings Of Leon, The Courteeners, Band Of Horses, We Are Scientists and Big Country.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • British Sea Power look out into the crowd during their Isle of Wight Set in 2004, captured by Phil Wallis.

    Photo: Phil Wallis/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Something to get any Glastonbury fans excited, here's a brilliant moment captured by Andy Willsher in 2006. It pictures Chris Martin strutting along the stage as Coldplay perform at Isle Of Wight Festival.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Who can forget this legendary moment when David Bowie graced the Isle Of Wight Main Stage in 2004? Phil Wallis captured Bowie in all his glory.

    Photo: Phil Wallis/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Did you catch Friendly Fires at last year’s festival? Here’s a shot from 2010, photographed by Andy Willsher. They're bringing their new record 'Pala' to a field near you this summer.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • After becoming the first major hip-hop artist to headline Glastonbury in 2008, Jay-Z has been no stranger to summer festivals. Here he is on the 2010 Isle of Wight stage, photographed by Andy Willsher.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Andy Willsher snaps a photo as Serge strums off-stage at the 2007 Isle of Wight Festival.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Richard Ashcroft encourages the crowd to sing-a-long at Isle Of Wight in 2006. A moment captured by Guy Eppel.

    Photo: Guy Eppel/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Amy Winehouse at her peak, photographed at Isle Of Wight by Andy Willsher, in 2007.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Travis captured on stage at Isle Of Wight Festival in 2005 by Andrew Kendall.

    Photo: Andrew Kendall/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Snow Patrol perform at the 2007 festival, as photographed by Andy Willsher.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Andy Willsher captures the rowdy performance of the notorious Sex Pistols at 2008’s Isle of Wight Festival.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011

  • Dave Grohl is snapped rocking out in 2006 by Andy Willsher. Foo Fighters return this summer to headline the Isle Of Wight Main Stage on Saturday.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 09 Jun 2011