Playing their first UK festival since 1976’s Knebworth Fair, the band brought their full live set to Seaclose Park, even adding a giant runway to the stage that ran deep into the heart of the crowd – and Mick Jagger and co were certainly in the mood to put on a show.
Despite taking the stage after a short delay, the band immediately made up for the wait by opening with ’Start Me Up’.
“I think we’re the 24th act you’ve seen this weekend,” Jagger
told the crowd. “That’s a lot of acts! I hope you’ve got something left in the tank, you have!”
He added: “It feels great, we haven’t played a festival in ages. This one is very nice and it’s very clean.”
The singer then joked with the crowd: “I found it very expensive though. Two quid for water, four quid for a burger and then a dog ate my dope!”
The band then tore through a series of classics including ‘Tumbling Dice’, ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ and ‘Brown Sugar’.
Paolo Nutini – who toured with the veterans last year – played on ’Love In Vain’, while Amy Winehouse, who played the festival herself yesterday (June 9), returned to the site to sing on a cover of ’The Temptations’ ‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg’.
After playing two Keith Richards fronted numbers ‘Wanna Hold You’ and ‘Slipping Away’, the band then made the most of their extra stage performing ‘Miss You’, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and ‘Honky Tonk Women’ at the end of their runway right up by the crowd barrier.
They then returned to the main stage to wrap up the show to thunderous applause.
The Rolling Stones played:
‘Start Me Up’
‘You Got Me Rocking’
‘Love In Vain’ (with Paolo Nutini)
‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’
‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg’ (with Amy Winehouse)
‘Wanna Hold You’
‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’
‘Honky Tonk Women’
‘Sympathy For The Devil’
‘Jumping Jack Flash’
Watched by various VIPs, including actress Sienna Miller, Noel Fielding Pete Doherty and model Kate Moss, guitarist Keith Richards hailed the band’s first UK festival appearance in over 30 years.
“What’s so shabby about getting on stage and thousands of people are giving you the high-sign?” he asked Virgin Radio. “It’s not too shabby is it? I bless the Lord.”
That’s it for this year’s Isle Of Wight Festival, but you can get all the news, reviews, blogs and pictures from the event – plus those from Download, which also took place this weekend – at NME.COM/festivals now.
Plus get next week’s issue of NME – on UK newsstands from June 13 – for exclusive coverage from both festivals.