Muse play ‘birthday’ set at Isle Of Wight Festival

Plus trio give UK debut to special free NME track

Muse finished the second day (June 9) of the Isle Of Wight Festival with a giant headlining set.

Warming up for next weekend’s Wembley mega gigs (June 16-17), the band bombarded Seaclose Park with an epic rock ‘n’ roll and blinding light show.

Using last winter”s touring set – complete with their space pod drum riser -the trio gave little away in terms of their forthcoming gigs.


However demonstrating an impressive strength in depth, Muse proved worthy bill toppers at the Isle Of Wight.

The show was also a special one for frontman Matt Bellamy, who celebrated his 29th birthday today.

“Hello Isle Of Wight, it’s a beautiful island,” drummer Dominic Howard told the crowd. “It’s Matt‘s birthday today, he’s getting old!”

“I’m happy to be here,” countered Bellamy. “What a great birthday!”

Performing a set that included opener ‘Knights Of Cydonia’, ‘Invincible’ and ‘Starlight’, the band also played Shadows cover ‘Man Of Mystery’.

The new instrumental track is set to appear on CD for the first time next week exclusively on a special compilation picked by Muse and given away free only with next week’s issue of NME.


Muse played:

‘Knights Of Cydonia’


‘Supermassive Blackhole’

‘Map Of The Problematique’

‘Butteflies & Hurricanes’



‘Apocalypse Please’

‘Feeling Good’



‘Man Of Mystery’

‘Time Is Running Out’

‘New Born’

‘City Of Delusion’

‘Plug In Baby’

‘Stockholm Syndrome’

‘Take A Bow’

So to get your hands on ‘Man Of Mystery’, read an exclusive career-spanning interview with Muse and see special coverage from both the Isle Of Wight and Download festivals make sure you buy next week’s issue of NME — which is on UK newsstands from June 13.

Meanwhile NME.COM‘s live coverage continues tomorrow including The Rolling Stones‘ first UK festival set since 1976 here at the Isle Of Wight.

NME.COM will be bringing you coverage live from both of this weekend’s festivals – Isle Of Wight and Download – so for news, blogs and photography straight from both sites go to NME.COM/festivals now.