The Isle Of Wight festival took place last weekend (June 11th-13th) with The Strokes, Jay-Z and Paul McCartney headling over three days. Keep clicking for all the action on and off the stage over the weekend.
The Isle Of Wight Festival was originally held from 1968 to 1970. 2010 marked its ninth year running since its reincarnation in 2002.
All three members of Biffy Clyro performed topless during their Saturdy night set on the Isle Of Wight.
The band were playing at the same time as the first England match of the World Cup 2010. Big screens showed the game but a sizeable crowd chose to watch the Scottish rockers.
Doves took to the Main Stage shortly after a mass singalong to England football anthem ‘Three Lions’, led by The Lightning Seeds’ Ian Broudie. The Manchester band then played a career-spanning set in front of the crowd, including ‘Pounding’, ‘Jetstream’ and ‘There Goes The Fear’, before ending on instrumental ‘Spaceface’ by their previous incarnation Sub Sub.
Football fans gear up for the big match with the USA. While the Isle Of Wight festival screened the match in the open air, fans at Download had to cram into a tent to watch events unfold.
The World Cup match that saw England’s depressing draw with the USA was screening during the afternoon at the Isle Of Wight Festival (June 12th). Biffy Clyro and Blondie had the unenviable task of playing at the same time.
Bombay Bicycle Club play the Big Top at Isle Of Wight. They were followed by Devendra Banhart and Noah And The Whale before N Dubz, La Roux and Orbital.
Friendly Fires took a break from recording their second album to play the final day of this year’s event and dropped two new songs into their set: ‘Running Away’ and another untitled new tune.
Friendly Fires at the Isle Of Wight festival 2010. The band had the crowd dancing along in the blazing afternoon sunshine, with a brass section backing up the samba rhythms of the likes of ‘Jump In The Pool’ and ‘Kiss Of Life’.
Editors play the final day of the Isle Of Wight festival. Kicking off with third album title track ‘In This Light And On This Evening’, the band sparked off singalongs for the likes of ‘Munich’ and ‘The Racing Rats’. Barely speaking throughout the set, except to thank the crowd, Tom Smith and co finished with ‘Papillon’.
It’s been a big year for Sting’s 19 year-old daughter Coco Sumner, and she put on a great show with her band, despite having a bout of the flu at the time.
Jay-Z was joined on stage by Kanye West during his Friday night headline set. He was also rumoured to have requested a 35,000-calorie rider, full of red and white wine, Mars bars, crisps, and other sweets.
Florence And The Machine declared they were honoured to warm up for Jay-Z at the festival. “I’m Jay-Z’s warm-up act,” she told us ahead of her slot. “When I hear about these sets I do ask, ‘Are you sure?’
Playing a set drawn from her debut album, Florence also included new song ‘Strangeness & Charm’. “Thanks for having me back Isle Of Wight!” She told the crowd ahead of the track. “It’s the first time I’ve played in the Isle Of Wight ever!”
Florence asked the crowd to do some warm-up stretches before launching into ‘Dog Days Are Over’ and jumping up and down on top of a speaker at the front of the stage.
Marina and the Diamonds played on the Big Top stage, right before actress-turned-rocker Juliette Lewis’s set.
Marina Diamandis shows off her sense of humour with this stylish(?) festival ensemble.
British hip hop group N-Dubz performed in the Big Top on day two of the festival (after arriving late onto the stage).
Headlining the festival, Paul McCartney brought things to a close with songs by The Beatles and from his solo back-catalogue, as well as a tribute to the late Jimi Hendrix, who had performed at the festival 40 years earlier.
Recipient of the 2009 Greener Festival Award, the festival teamed up with Paul McCartney this year to reduce its carbon footprint.
Paul McCartney apparently had a team of 170 of his own staff members backstage at the festival.
Beginning her set inside a large box suspended from a crane, Pink then dropped down to the stage, attached to 100 feet of wire.
Before performing ‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig told the audience: “So nice to actually be back in England when it’s summer time so we can bust out the summer songs.”
Vampire Weekend’s set also included some healthy World Cup banter ahead of England and the USA’s clash in South Africa later that night.
Paloma Faith performed on the Main Stage, with a setlist including singles ‘Stone Cold Sober’ and ‘New York’.
The headline set from The Strokes marked the band’s first festival appearance in four years. Julian Casablancas said to the crowd: “So yeah, we’re fucking playing again, doing this shit for you. We fucking love you.”