Fleetwood Mac put illness troubles behind them to play a triumphant headline show at the Isle Of Wight Festival last night (June 14).
Despite pulling shows in Birmingham and Manchester in the run up to the festival, the full classic line-up of Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie made it to the stage for a rapturously received, 20-song set of classics.
Introducing 1975’s ‘Landslide’, Nicks said, “I’d like to dedicate this to Dave Grohl.” Referring to Grohl’s recent fall at a Swedish gig that left him with a broken leg, she added, “Falling off stage, getting up and playing a two-and-a-half-hour set, I think that’s awesome.”
While Fleetwood Mac were the talking point of the day, other acts on the festival’s Main Stage pulled in big crowds of their own.
Courteeners frontman Liam Fray used their set to apologise for their previous appearance at the festival, saying, “We’ve waited a long time to come back to Isle Of Wight, ‘cos last time we were shocking. We were awful. So big thanks to John (Giddings, festival boss) for having us on and to you for watching. Everyone deserves a second chance, right?”
After politely introducing themselves to anyone in the crowd unfamiliar with their Swedish country folk, First Aid Kit‘s Soderberg sisters played a sprightly Main Stage set, including a cover of Emmylou Harris’ ‘Red Dirt Girl’.
With The Charlatans headlining the Big Top stage, singer Tim Burgess was a fixture on site all day. Once again taking over the Hey Joe marquee with his Tim Peaks stage. Burgess’ guests included actor Paddy Considine’s band Riding The Low and The View, who popped by for a short four-song acoustic set (“We’re just making it up as we go along. It’s too early!” joked guitarist Pete Reilly) before their lively Big Top performance.
Other acts going down a storm in the Big Top included teenage Merthyr Tydfil rockers Pretty Vicious, Ian Broudie’s Scouse hitmakers The Lightning Seeds (whose unexpectedly massive crowd was backed up to the main arena) and returning power pop titans Ash.
Following Fleetwood Mac’s main stage success, The Charlatans brought the music to a close in the Big Top with songs from current album ‘Modern Nature’ and much loved singles like ‘One To Another’, ‘How High’ and ‘The Only One I Know’. Proudly announcing debut album favourite ‘Sproston Green’ as “The last song of the festival”, Burgess and the band sent the capacity crowd home dancing.
Fleetwood Mac played:
‘You Make Loving Fun’
‘Second Hand News’
‘I Know I’m Not Wrong’
‘Sisters Of The Moon’
‘Say You Love Me’
‘Never Going Back Again’
‘Over My Head’
‘Gold Dust Woman’
‘I’m So Afraid’
‘Go Your Own Way’