Rolling Stones, Muse and Snow Patrol cement festival's status
Though smaller than rivals likes Glastonbury and V Festival – the Seaclose Park event has just a single stage – the Isle Of Wight again managed to secure a series of bill toppers that the larger events would evny.
Playing the festival’s opening night, Snow Patrol‘s set contrasted with their fellow headliners with its simplicity, relying on a spartan stage set and their anthemic songs to do the work.
Muse might have been using their slot to iron out any issues ahead of their Wembley Stadium shows next weekend (16,17) as they headlined the second night (June 9), but they still delievered a bar-raising rock show.
Combining their spaceage stage show with a growing cannon of material that has been crafted to be played in front of thousands of people, the band marked frontman Matt Bellamy‘s 29th birhtday with a dynamic and absorbing set.
Finally The Rolling Stones were called upon to provide the event’s climax on the final night (10).
Playing their first festival in 31 years, Mick Jagger and co proved that underneath all the bluster and branding they remain a very useful rock ‘n’ roll band.
Though their early set selection might have raised eyebrows, The Rolling Stones ended the festival with the kind of songs that the word classic was devised for.
Where perhaps the Isle Of Wight Festival falls behind the summer’s other major events is its supporting bill.
While boasting a curious mix of mainly radio friendly acts that it was often hard to get too excited about, several gems shone out.
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