REM and Snow Patrol triumph on the final day of this year’s bash…

The 2005 NOKIA ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL has finished tonight (June 12) with an assured performance from REM.

The American rockers closed proceedings at Seaclose Park with a impressive festival set that mixed the band’s experimental side with firm crowd sing-a-longs, as 35,000 revellers enjoyed the last day of this year’s bash.

Tonight’s show marks the first of several big UK summer gigs for Michael Stipe and co, and saw them give an indication of what’s to expect in the coming months with a set that included ‘The One I Love’, ‘Everybody Hurts’ and ‘Man On The Moon’.

The third day had got underway with an energetic start courtesy of The Subways, who previewed some adrenalin-fuelled tracks from their forthcoming debut album, before being followed by fellow newcomers The Magic Numbers.

Endorsed from the main stage by Travis’ Fran Healy during their headlining slot last night (June 11), a large crowd had gathered to see the The Magic Numbers play songs including recent single ‘Forever Lost’.

The early evening then witnessed some hearty crowd sing-along as Starsailor and then Snow Patrol took to the stage.

Although their proximity on the bill, plus the high concentration of anthemic choruses, did cause some blurring between the bands, the Chris Martin penned ‘Gravity’ provided Snow Patrol with one of this year’s highlights, while Starsailor’s ‘Alcoholic’ was also warmly received by fans.

[/a] meanwhile demonstrated why they now belong at the loftier end of festival bills with a passionate and often touching performance based around the band’s last album ‘Final Straw’.

With this festival marking one of the first major British gigs for new bassist Paul Wilson, [a]’s set included ‘Run’ and Spitting Games’, before REM arrived to provide the finale – complete with fireworks.

So that was the Nokia Isle Of Wight 2005, for reports and coverage from the rest of this summer’s festivals stay tuned to NME.COM.