Bruce Springsteen voted best act at Isle of Wight Festival

The Boss, Pearl Jam, Madness and Biffy Clyro top NME.COM's users' poll

Bruce Springsteen has been voted the best act at the Isle of Wight Festival by NME.COM users.

The Boss played a three-hour set last Sunday (June 24), finishing with a cover of ‘Twist And Shout’. Opening with ‘Badlands’, Springsteen joked with the crowd about the coverage of the weekend’s weather, before a career-spanning set ending with classics ‘Born In The USA’, ‘Born To Run’ and ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out’.

In second place were grunge rockers Pearl Jam, who closed the second day of the festival with a two-hour set including rarities from their back catalogue and a Beatles cover – ‘Rain’, in tribute to the weather.


In third place were Madness, while Biffy Clyro followed in fourth place – they warmed up for Pearl Jam with a ferocious set including spectacular pyrotechnics and material from their forthcoming sixth album.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds came in fifth place, followed by Elbow, Miles Kane and Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers.

NME.COM readers’ top ten best acts at Isle of Wight Festival are:

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Pearl Jam
Biffy Clyro
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Miles Kane
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
The Vaccines

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Meanwhile, NME’s sister title Uncut has launched a new iPad app telling the story of Bruce Springsteen.

‘Bruce Springsteen: The Ultimate Music Guide’ gives an in-depth look across The Boss’ entire career, including the release of this year’s ‘Wrecking Ball’, through a host of archive features and reviews taken from classic issues of NME and Melody Maker.

Also included in the app are a bunch of classic photo galleries, video links and playable MP3 samples of every track on his studio albums.

Other highlights include the interactive guide ‘Introducing The E Street Band’, and a masterclass in Springsteen collectables and rarities.

The first chapter of ‘Bruce Springsteen: The Ultimate Music Guide’ is available now for free from iTunes. The other four chapters are available for 69p each.