The Isle Of Wight Festival 2012 kicked off on Friday (22 June) amid torrential rain, mud slicks and traffic chaos. Many punters found themselves stuck in traffic or on ferries on their way to the site, but those that made it were quick to get in the festival spirit.
Bruce Springsteen closed the rain-swamped festival last night (24 June) with a – by recent standards – relatively concise three-hour set that saw him pull a young lady from the audience for a quick turn during ‘Dancing In The Dark’.
The Boss gave a good airing to recent album ‘Wrecking Ball’ but strewed his set with classics including ‘Born To Run’, ‘The River’ and ‘Born In The USA”, and even squeezed in a hoarse take on ‘Twist And Shout’.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds warmed up the crowd for Bruce, playing a mix of solo and Oasis tracks. Noel dedicated ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ to any Italians watching, with the football just starting. They probably didn’t.
The new hard-rocking Vaccines image is bordering on convincing.
The Vaccines opened their set with recent track ‘No Hope’ and unveiled a couple of other sparkling new numbers in ‘Teenage Icon’ and ‘Ghost Town’.
Introducing that new song ‘Ghost Town’, Justin Young quipped, “I don’t even know how it goes. You can’t sing along but you can always dance.”
Despite inclement conditions, it was good to see a couple of medieval milkmaids enjoying a rare break on site.
Andy Murray’s never going to be let into Wimbledon with a racquet that big.
Professor Green delivered a hard-edged set, with full band force behind his rhymes.
“Hello, Isle of Man!” That was singer Fred Macpherson’s droll opening gambit before his band Spector launched into a soon-to-be-hit-laden set including ‘Celestine’ and ‘Never Fade Away’.
We don’t know whether Jack Penate’s wish was granted.
Lowestoft’s leading hard rock act The Darkness cemented their comeback at the Big Top Stage.
Tim Burgess – now apparently a one-man Birdland tribute – led The Charlatans through the latest ‘Tellin’ Stories’ run-through.
Miles Kane was there, tying his colours to the England mast.
Penalty misery was still just a bitter memory of 1996 as England fans enjoyed the brighter weather on the Sunday afternoon.
Will Daunt of Zulu Winter raises that Big Top to the skies.
When will this madness end? When will we see a UK festival free of oceans of mud?
Ash played the Big Top Stage earlier on Sunday evening, Tim Wheeler keeping the rock flames burning with his flying V guitar, and setting the stage for The Darkness.
Magnetic Man with official shouty man Sgt Pokes front and centre.
Pearl Jam closed the second day of Isle Of Wight Festival with a two-hour set, including rarities from their back catalogue and a Beatles cover (‘Rain’, in tribute to the weather), that saw frontman Eddie Vedder talk about the band’s admiration for The Clash frontman Joe Strummer.
The Teenage Wasteland area of the Isle Of Wight site, another particularly sticky mud spot.
Simon Neil attempts to reach for the camera, while decked out in the ‘Johnny Borrell’.
Biffy Clyro kindly brought the Olympic torch to the Isle of Wight.
Biffy Clyro played the second day of the Isle Of Wight festival. Opening with ‘Mountains’, the band took to the stage in matching white boiler suits in front of a set featuring a painted backdrop of a huge tree fronted by mirrored prisms. Pyrotechnics resembling fiery teardrops dropped over the stage during ‘Eleanor’, while jets of smoke fired off during ‘That Golden Rule’.
Tinie Tempah got the whole crowd jumping. By ordering them to jump.
Festival-goes salute our intrepid photographer in the camp site area. For the full run-down of Day Two on the Isle Of Wight, check out our full news story.
Madness onstage at the 2012 Isle Of Wight festival. The band played the second day of the event (June 23rd), joining a bill that included Pearl Jam and Biffy Clyro.
If it all goes down the dumper, Kelis has sticksman skills to fall back on.
One ecstatic punter howls the words to a Biffy Clyro tune under leaden skies. Visitors refused to allow the inclement weather to affect their fun but the BBC warned of severe delays for anyone trying to leave the site.
Jessie J lost her trousers in the mud and had to resort to wearing a pair of jeans that had been destroyed in the wash. She used her set to cover Usher’s ‘Climax’ and destroy Luther Vandross’ ‘Never Too Much’.
Fans escape Jessie J’s mid-afternoon set by heading to the fairground. Today promoters posted a special open letter to guests promising a fleet of 4x4s to help them off the site.
Katy B’s bouncy, exuberant set featured a mid-section where her DJ dropped classic dance hits such as Robin S’ ‘Show Me Love’, Salt N Pepa’s ‘Push It’ and House Of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’, and also a new song, the old-school garage flavoured ‘What You Came For’.
At first glance this might look like an outside balcony at an Apple store, or an IT nerd convention, but it’s actually Magnetic Man in full force.
One tired punter takes a nap, in soiled trousers, on top of his tent. Isle Of Wight may be far from Glasto, but it still has its casualties.
Miles Kane relaxes with a spot of horticulture backstage at the Isle Of Wight. He played the Garden Stage on Saturday (23rd) just under The Charlatans.
Four music fans take a break after a particular energetic Katy B set. Get the full low-down on Saturday’s action in our feature-length news story.
Labrinth relaxing backstage. The rapper was part of the Main Stage line-up on Saturday (June 23rd), on a bill including Tinie Tempah, Jessie J and Biffy Clyro.
One man wonders why he’s stuck in the mud at the Isle Of Wight. Head to our news coverage to watch footage of the best bands playing the festival.
Tim Burgess shows off his favourite beret backstage at the Isle Of Wight. Indie troopers The Charlatans were headlining the tiny Garden Stage on Saturday (June 23rd).
A man and his bear arrive early on site on Saturday (June 23rd) for a second music-packed day on the Isle Of Wight.
Professor Green smiles for the camera backstage at the Isle Of Wight festival. The rapper was second on the bill on the Big Top stage under Magnetic Man.
Animal hats don’t make you look enough of a dick these days; you now have to pull your trousers down to really fit in. This lot were shot off-site on the Saturday (23rd).
One area of the mud-filled site was laid out with sand and acted as a kind of beach. For a full run-down of the festival so far, check out our full news report.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were the star attraction on Friday night (June 22nd), headlining the event above Elbow, Example, and Noah & The Whale. The band, playing their first ever UK festival, treated the crowd to well-worn hits including ‘I Won’t Back Down’, ‘Learning To Fly’ and ‘American Girl’.
Tom Petty headlined the Isle Of Wight festival 2012. Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen complete the US-themed line-up for the year. Watch our video round-up of the weekend’s must-see bands.
Crowds go delirious for the camera at the front of the Main Stage on Friday night (June 22nd). Day One of the festival saw Lana Del Rey, Feeder and Example warm them up during the afternoon.
Elbow brought an epic set to Friday night, including the likes of ‘Open Arms’ and ‘One Day Like This’. Singer Guy Garvey was in chatty form, telling the crowd: “The light’s beginning to fade, the sun is going down – a whole world of magic and mysticism is opening up for you lot.” Read the full report from Friday night.
Two festival-goers cover themselves from the elements with Lennon glasses and blonde wigs. They were down the front for Noah & The Whale’s mid-afternoon set. The festival continues all weekend; keep an eye on NME.COM/festivals/isleofwight for all the latest news, blogs and video interviews.
Angry Birds merch helps keep two punters dry on the wind and rain-lashed Isle Of Wight. Share your experiences of the festival so far under our round-up news report.
Lana Del Rey was one of the star attractions in the Big Top, appearing on a bill that also included Enter Shikari and Kelis. The highly-hyped singer opened with ‘Blue Jeans’ and went on to perform ‘Born To Die’, ‘Summertime Sadness’, ‘Without You’, ‘Video Games’ and ‘National Anthem’.
The crowd had a good feel, just to check if Lana Del Rey was “real”.
Five caped crusaders lark about in the mud during Day One of the Isle Of Wight festival. The event is now celebrating 11 years in its modern incarnation. Check out our must-see bands from the weekend.
Noah & The Whale played during a fortuitous change in the weather and celebrated the gods’ shift in mood by dedicating ‘Blue Skies’ to “this incredible thing above us, it looks amazing”. The band, who were playing on the Main Stage on Friday, closed with ‘Tonight’s The Kind Of Night’, ‘5 Years Time’ and ‘LIFEGOESON’.
Space hoppers and fancy dress are de rigueur in one of the less muddy spots on the Isle Of Wight. Aside from the music, the weekend offers a variety of bars and entertainment, including the Last Chance Saloon and the Field of Dreams.
Example stopped his set for a brief digression on the European debt crisis. Nah, after an opening salvo of ‘Stay Awake’ and ‘See The Sea’ he instead enquired of the crowd, “where’s the fucking lunatics at?”.
Two skinless wrestlers get close and personal on site, as you do. For all the latest news, blogs, videos and pictures of punters like this, keep an eye on NME.COM/festivals all weekend.
Dry The River hang out backstage, ahead of their Garden Stage slot before Best Coast and Crystal Castles.
Crystal Castles brought the retro rave to the Garden Stage on Friday night. They headed a bill that included Dry The River, Best Coast and Gretchen Peters.
Girls in the fairground on the Isle Of Wight. Despite adverse weather conditions, festival promoters insist that all the bands and attractions are running as normal.