MANICS DEBUT NEW MATERIAL

The Welsh trio gave fans a taste of their next studio album on the second day of the Isle Of Wight festival...

MANIC STREET PREACHERS premiered two new songs last night on the second day of the ISLE OF WIGHT festival (June 12).

The Welsh trio gave fans a taster of what to expect from their forthcoming seventh studio album, recently recorded in New York with producer Tony Visconti.

Singer James Dean Bradfield told the capacity crowd before debuting the first of the new tracks, ‘Empty Souls’: “If it sounds shit, it’s because it’s new.”

The band performed a set featuring songs such as the opener, ‘Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier’, ‘Yes’, ‘Little Baby Nothing’, ‘From Despair To Where’ and the fan favourite ‘A Design For Life’.

The second of the new tracks was ‘Solitude Sometimes Is’, which was rapturously received by the audience. As previously reported on NME.COM The Manics’ new album has two working titles; ‘Life Blood’ and ‘Goodbye Suicide’ and has a provisional release date of October.

Aussie rockers Jet also played, though despite winning over the punters, seemed unsatisfied with their performance.

Singer Nic Cester told NME.COM: “After playing three fucking amazing regional shows in the UK, we got on the ferry at 6 a.m. ready to blow the festival apart. But drink got the better of us and somewhere in the middle we got a little self indulgent.”

He added: “I thought we could’ve played better but it was fucking amazing to be asked to play by (The Who’s guitarist) Pete Townshend and to see the greats in action.”

Headliners The Who delivered a greatest hits set including, ‘My Generation’, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘Substitute’, ‘Who Are You?’, ‘You Better, You Better, You Bet’, ‘Can’t Explain’, new song ‘Real Good Lookin’ Boy’ and the set closer ‘Magic Bus’.

Also playing were British Sea Power, Electric Soft Parade, The Stands, Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel and The Leah Wood Group.

Today’s line-up boasts performances from headliner David Bowie, The Charlatans, Snow Patrol, Delays and Alfie.