Starsailor cover U2, The Stone Roses and Gorillaz at Isle Of Wight

Plus band debut new songs on the last day of the festival

Starsailor covered songs by U2, The Stone Roses and Gorillaz during an afternoon slot on the main stage at the Isle Of Wight Festival this afternoon (June 15), as well as playing a slew of new songs.

Taking the stage at 5pm (BST) on the final day of the festival, the band were playing on the third day of rainless sunny weather at the island bash.

After opening with ‘Alcoholic’ and ‘Poor Misguided Fool’, singer/guitarist James Walsh introduced a new song, ‘Tell Me It’s Not Over’.

“It’s the first time we’ve played this at a UK festival,” he announced.

The new song showcases a melodic piano riff reminiscent of early Coldplay and a mid-to-fast pace, and earned a loud declaration of love from the front row. “We love you too!” shouted Walsh in response.

Later in the set, Walsh dedicated another new song, ‘Boy In Waiting’, to Hank Williams, explaining: “It’s a bit of a country song,” he said.

Following ‘In The Crossfire’ Walsh played an acoustic tribute to The Stone Roses. He played a section of their hit ‘She Bangs The Drums’ before leading into ‘All The Plans We Make’, another song destined for the band’s forthcoming new album, due later this year.

Starsailor made another band tribute at the death of the following ‘Four To The Floor’. They extended the song, with Walsh singing “It’s dare!”, a reference to ‘Dare’ by Gorillaz.

The final tribute of the set came during set closer ‘Good Souls’, during which the band played a section of U2‘s ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ as an interlude.

Starsailor played:


‘Poor Misguided Fool’

‘Tell Me It’s Not Over’


‘Boy In Waiting’

‘In The Crossfire’

‘She Bangs The Drums’

‘All The Plans We Make’

‘Four To The Floor’ (followed by ‘Dare’ tribute)

‘Tie Up My Hands’

‘Silence Is Easy’

‘Good Souls’ (including ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ interlude)

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