MR WIGHT-ERS!

The Welsh rockers play on the first day with Groove Armada, Super Furry Animals, 22-20s and The Duke Spirit...

STEREOPHONICS closed the first day of the ISLE OF WIGHT festival last night (June 11) with a triumphant career-spanning set.

Singer Kelly Jones appeared onstage wearing a large white hat and led the band through a selection of their best known hits, including ‘A Thousand Trees’, ‘Have A Nice Day’ and ‘Bartender and The Thief’.

The sell-out crowd were also treated to a set featuring ‘Traffic’, ‘Roll Up And Shine, ‘Mr. Writer’, ‘Local Boy In The Photograph’, ‘Just Looking’ and the recent hits ‘Madame Helga’, ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ and ‘Moviestar’.

The festival, which is taking place this weekend (June 11-13) in the island’s Seaclose Park, Newport, was kicked off by The Duke Spirit, who were rapidly followed by 22-20s. The Lincoln trio then stormed through their performance with ‘Such A Fool’, ‘Why Don’t You Do It For Me?’ and the forthcoming single ‘Shoot Your Gun’.

Welsh favourites Super Furry Animals continued the day’s event, opening up with ‘Slow Life’, and saw singer Gruff Rhys dressing up as a red Power Ranger. Rhys then dedicated ‘Rings Around The World’ to the people of the local town, Cowes.

Dance outfit Groove Armada then took to the stage with a selection of their hits including the former summer smash ‘At The River’ and ‘Superstylin’.

With the south-coast weather promising a cloudy / hazy sunshine forecast this weekend, festival goers can look forward to tomorrow’s line-up which includes The Who, Manic Street Preachers, Jet, The Stands, Electric Soft Parade and British Sea Power.

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