Isle of Wight Festival 2018: all the best bits in photos

The festival celebrated its 50th birthday in style

The Isle of Wight Festival came to a dazzling close last night with a headline performance by The Killers, proving that they can still deliver so long as Brandon Flowers is in the band.

The weekend, which marked the festival’s 50th anniversary, also saw sets from Liam Gallagher, who reportedly refused to play on Sunday because of the World CupDepeche Mode, Kasabian, Manic Street Preachers, Sigrid, Camila Cabello, Blossoms, Rita Ora, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Jessie J, and Tom Grennan.

Here’s photos of all the best moments from the Isle of Wight Festival 2018.


1Liam Gallagher gives peak Liam

Emma Viola Lilja
The ex-Oasis frontman delivers a typical Liam set for his Saturday night headline slot, crammed with cursing and maracas. He tells the audience: "To be honest, I like a moody gig, but it’s all got a bit Moss Side… getting all handbags at a gig is not cool.”

2Lairy lasers

Emma Viola Lilja
Later, understandably hacked off at a fan who aims a laser pen at him during ‘Supersonic’, Gallagher says: “Come on, laser bollocks, let’s have it. Come on, you shitbag. You’ve had your laser out” before dedicating ‘Some Might Say’ to “the shitbag”. What a man.

3Depeche Mode make a rare festival appearance

Emma Viola Lilja
The electronic band – joint Saturday headliners with Liam Gallagher – take to the stage to play the hits, inducing dad-dancing in the crowd.

4Camila Cabello

Emma Viola Lilja
Camila Cabello turns impressed heads in her hair-shaking, head-banging performance on Sunday.

5Nile Rodgers & Chic

Emma Viola Lilja
Nile Rodgers & Chic give a funky performance for their Friday slot.

6Kasabian greet Bestival with open arms

Emma Viola Lilja
The Leicester band give a textbook Friday night headline performance, with energy and zeal.

7Serge goes big

Emma Viola Lilja
Serge Pizzorno starts his traditional chant of “Moshpit! Moshpit!” before ‘Club Foot'. The consequential chaos, including a moshing Peter Crouch, must surely have been heard from the mainland.


Emma Viola Lilja
Norwegian sensation Sigrid delivers a high-energy Sunday performance as she continues her ascent to stardom.

9The Killers

The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers sends sparks flying in their Sunday night headline slot.


Emma Viola Lilja
Blossoms' suave-looking frontman Tom Ogden gets out the acoustic guitar for their set. The band seems to have put their internal fighting behind them.

11James Bay

Emma Viola Lilja
James Bay during his Saturday appearance.

12Jessie J

Emma Viola Lilja
The singer enjoys her Saturday evening slot, packed with her usual bangers.

13Manic Street Preachers

Emma Viola Lilja
Manic Street Preachers deliver a dazzling set to their usual crowd of die-hard fans.

14Rita Ora

Emma Viola Lilja
Rita Ora puts the controversy surrounding her new tune 'Girls' behind her, and dances around the stage for her Friday set.

15Tom Grennan continues his rise to the top

Emma Viola Lilja
Rising star Tom Grennan gives it his all during his Friday slot.

Eminem: ‘Music To Be Murdered By’ review: shock rapper continues to grow old disgracefully

To avoid fainting, keep repeating: "it's only an album, only an album, only an album...".

The 1975 return to their roots on the devastatingly sincere ‘Me and You Together Song’ 

The band's latest is a return to their shimmering early material

Wolf Alice to “start recording new album next month,” says label manager

“I feel like this is going to be a great expression"