Joe Lean pops Main Stage cherry as Isle Of Wight festival kicks off

Plus band cover Alex Chilton as 2008 event gets underway

Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong played one of the opening sets of the 2008 Isle Of Wight Festival this afternoon (June 13).

Kicking off their set with an instrumental, frontman Joe Lean took to the stage wielding a marching drum, before launching into ‘Lonely Buoy’.

“We’re here to kick off the weekend, you having fun? We feel very lucky to be here, this is our first Main Stage gig so it feels very special,” declared Lean before he surveyed the growing crowd. “All you fucking people, there are no words!”


Including a cover of Alex Chilton from Big Star‘s ‘Hey Little Child’ who Lean declared was “an unsung genius”, the band used most of their set to preview songs from their forthcoming debut album, due out in July.

“I think this will be the biggest gig we ever play,” declared a clearly happy Lean ahead of previous single ‘Where Do You Go’, before wrapping up the set up with ‘Baby’.

Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong played:

‘Lonely Buoy’

‘I Ain’t Sure’

‘Hey Little Child’



‘Dear Rose’

‘In Competition’

‘Lucio Start Fires’

‘Where Do You Go’


Highlights of the band’s set are being broadcast through

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