THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL: DAY ONE

The full round up of all the action from the site on Friday…

The 2005 NOKIA ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL kicked off today (June 10) with Razorlight leading the way with an assured summer set.

Beginning with a commuter friendly half day, the island-based bash witnessed a busy evening with Idlewild, Supergrass and co-headliners The Black Velvets all playing sets.

Liverpool-based newcomers Idlewild were among the opening acts, playing as the Seaclose Park site began to fill up, before Idlewild took the stage, treating fans to a selection of tracks from their latest album ‘Warning/ Promises’ along with songs from across their career.

Festival stalwarts Supergrass didn’t disappoint, playing a selection of their crowd-pleasing hits including ‘Pumping On Your Stereo’ and ‘Caught By The Fuzz’, as well as previewing material from their forthcoming fifth album.

Faithless then took the stage for the co-headlining slot. As reported on NME.COM, the band had warmed-up in the week at the London Garage with a secret show and this freshness, plus the live maturity the band seem to have acquired on their recent American tour saw them more than rise to the occasion.

The band played a selection of tracks from their debut album ‘Up All Night’, including ‘Stumble And Fall’, ‘Golden Touch’ and ‘Rip it Up’, as well as newer songs like last single ‘Somewhere Else’ and new track ‘Casey’s Room’ which is been considered for the group’s second album.

”It was the greatest rock n roll set, by the greatest rock n roll band,” quipped Faithless’s Johnny Borrell moments after coming off stage.

The first day was rounded off by The Black Velvets who justified their reputation as a festival favourite with a greatest hits set including ‘Insomnia’ and ‘God Is A DJ’.

Elsewhere on site the Smirnoff Ice Cube tent saw a headlining DJ set from Giles Peterson and Earl Zinger.

For full onsite coverage of days two and three of the Nokia Isle Of Wight Festival which will feature Snow Patrol, [/a], [a] and REM among others, stay tuned to NME.COM.