The Killers cover The Beatles during Isle of Wight Festival headline set

Bloc Party and The Maccabees also play the second day of the festival

The Killers headlined day two of Isle of Wight Festival last night (June 15), playing a lengthy set including a number of covers.

As well as the band’s established version of Joy Division classic ‘Shadowplay’, the Las Vegas quartet also broke into The Beatles‘ ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ and ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, before which singer Brandon Flowers declared, “Girls Aloud stole this from Tiffany, and Tiffany stole it from Tommy James and the Shondells. Now we’re stealing it back.”

The band also played a career-spanning set of their own material during the slot. Opening with ‘Mr Brightside’ to huge cheers, The Killers then kicked off with a selection of newer material before moving into a hit-packed section including ‘Human’, ‘Somebody Told Me’ and ‘For Reasons Unknown’. They closed with a crowd-pleasing triple header of ‘All These Things I’ve Done’, ‘Jenny Was A Friend of Mine’ and ‘When We Were Young’.


The Killers played:

‘Mr Brightside’
‘The Way it Was’
‘Smile Like You Mean It’
‘Bling (Confessions Of A King)’
‘Miss Atomic Bomb’
‘Somebody Told Me’
‘I Think We’re Alone Now’
‘For Reasons Unknown’
‘From Here On Out’
‘A Dustland Fairytale’
‘When I’m Sixty-Four’
‘Read My Mind’
‘All These Things I’ve Done’
‘Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine’
‘When We Were Young’

Earlier in the evening Bloc Party and The Maccabees also played the main stage of the festival.

Following the announcement that they were to go on hiatus after the summer’s festivals, Bloc Party performed with a drum tech filling in for drummer Matt Tong, who is rumoured to have quit the band last Monday.

The band played a brief cover of Rihanna hit ‘We Found Love’ and a relatively new song, ‘Ratchet’ – a ‘House Of Jealous Lovers’-esque mix of guitar stabs and singer Kele Okereke almost rapping.

The Maccabees played a hit-packed set before them, beginning with established set-openers ‘Given To The Wild (intro)’ and ‘Child’ before moving into the likes of ‘First Love’, ‘Can You Give It?’ and Ivor Novello-winning single ‘Pelican’.


Elsewhere on the site, the likes of Ghostpoet, Sub Focus and Devlin also played, whilst earlier on the main stage saw performances from Bastille, Ben Howard and Laura Mvula.

Isle of Wight will finish today with a final headline set from Bon Jovi and performances from Blondie, Paloma Faith and The Script.