Fleetwood Mac have been revealed as the first headliner for the Isle Of Wight festival 2015. Tickets for next year’s bash go on O2 Priority sale on Wednesday at 9am. In the meantime, here’s a chance for you to relive 2014’s best bits. Back in June 2014 it was all about Biffy Clyro’s fire-powered headline set…
A curtain of fire erupted across the stage for ‘Biblical’, confetti cannons went off during an early ‘The Captain’ and ‘Many Of Horror’ was met with a huge flume of ribbons.
The spectacular show also featured the band wielding hand-held strobe lights during ‘Glitter And Trauma’ and firework fountains for ‘Bubbles’ and the closing ‘Mountains’.
Biffy opened with ‘Different People’ and ‘That Golden Rule’ before the pyrotechnics erupted for ‘The Captain’. “That’s what we’re fucking talking about,” Simon Neil said as ‘Folding Stars’ continued a set consisting largely of every single they’ve released since 2007, bar ‘Opposites’.
Peace performed three new tracks from their forthcoming second album – ‘Money’.
The new tracks were ‘Money’, ‘Lost On Me’ and ‘World Pleasure’ – with singer Harry Koisser wearing a white leather jacket with the title ‘Money’ written on the back.
A tousle-haired Anna Calvi had played a stirring set in the Big Top tent, dipping into both of her albums and featuring some virtuoso classical electric guitar. More recent tracks such as ‘Cry’ and ‘Eliza’ seemed more drenched in emotion than impressive but theatrical early singles like ‘Blackout’, Calvi embracing a PJ Harvey-style passion.
Chlöe Howl, The 1975 and The Specials played on the Friday.
The Big Top was turned over to indie rock on the final day, with Swim Deep showcasing their airy shoe-pop and their cover of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’
The B-town band played tracks from debut ‘Where the Heaven Are We’.
Deap Vally returned to the UK to play the final day of Isle Of Wight.
We’re pretty excited about the follow-up to ‘Sistrionix’.
Katy B closed the day in the Big Top with a rapturously received set of inventive pop taking in “the song that started me on my mission” – ‘Katy On A Mission’ – the expansive soul ‘Still’, her new single ‘Aaliyah’ dedicated to the tragic R&B star, and a cover of Baby D’s 1994 Number One ‘Let Me Be Your Fantasy’.
Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined the Isle Of Wight Festival (June 14) with a loose-limbed 90-minute set of classics, extended jams and comedy interludes.
Introduced with a lengthy jazz saxophone solo, the band launched straight into a jam which eventually morphed into ‘Can’t Stop’. “Welcome to the Isle Of Wight, we’ve got Chad Smith and everything’s gonna be alright,” rhymed Anthony Keidis before a Chad Smith drum solo that became ‘Dani California’, and so the set continued with improvisational funk interludes and light-hearted asides.
The crowd for The Specials definitely didn’t resemble a ghost town…
The Strypes brought their retro blues-rock to the island.
Kings Of Leon rounded off the 16th Isle Of Wight festival last night (June 15) with a rollercoaster set in front of 90,000 fans.
Opening with uptempo favourites including ‘Supersoaker’, ‘Taper Jean Girl’, ‘Fans’ and a take on ‘Family Tree’ accompanied by neon Vegas visuals, the set gradually slowed to take in a slew of mid-paced tracks including ‘On Call’, ‘The Immortals’ and ‘Closer’, with guitarist Matthew Followill playing the opening riff with his teeth.