Duran Duran play hit filled headline set as Bestival 2015 begins

Tame Impala, Fat White Family and FKA Twigs also performed on Day One of the festival

Bestival 2015 kicked off yesterday (September 11) with a hit-packed set from headliners Duran Duran.

The young festival crowd appeared animated as the band fired off hit singles such as ‘Wild Boys’, ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’, and ‘The Reflex’.

Accompanied by a backdrop of erotic-themed visuals, with lead singer Simon Le Bon and guitarist Dom Brown both wearing leather, Le Bon shouted, “I’ve got two words for you – electric guitar!” before taking in a cover of Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho killer’.

Later in the set ‘Ordinary World’ was introduced by Le Bon to the crowd with a personal touch: “Back when we released our first song we were the least likely band to carry on but here we are thirty years later and we’re so lucky.” Unleashing confetti canons for funk-flecked ‘Pressure Off’, the band finished the night with a universal favourite; ‘Girls On Film’.

Earlier in the day Australian band Pond looked like they had taken this year’s festival theme – Summer of Love – to heart, as frontman Nick Allbrook sported a vintage kaftan and his fellow band members modeled ornate silver jewellery. “Thanks a shitting load for coming to see us,” enthused Allbrook, before tripping through tracks like ‘Man It Feels Like Space Again’, ‘Elvis’ Flaming Star’ and ‘Don’t Look At The Sun’.

Fat White Family appeared more restrained than usual as they entertained the early evening revelers at the Big Top. Having begun his set wearing a khaki parka jacket, by the end of ‘I’m Mark E Smith’, frontman Lias Saoudi was completely topless, and had traded his lager for a can of Guinness, whilst swinging the mic stand high above his head. Highlights included ‘Is It Raining in Your Mouth?’ and ‘Cream of the Young’.

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New York rapper Action Bronson packed out the Big Top with an impassioned set showcasing his seemingly effortless flow. Proudly smoking on stage and encouraging the crowd to follow suit, the popular Queens artist whipped the crowd up into a frenzy with tunes like ‘Actin Crazy’ from his new album ‘Mr Wonderful’. “That was a lot of rap!” he said, addressing his audience, before launching into smoother ‘Baby Blue’.

Rudimental collaborator and BBC Sound of 2014 nominee Ella Eyre belted out crowd-pleasers like ‘Gratitude’ in the Big Top while Tame Impala were in fine form and drew a gargantuan crowd for their midnight set at the Big Top, tearing through anthems like ‘Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind? and ‘Elephant’.

FKA Twigs ended Saturday night on an artistic high with her display of choreography and atmospheric vocals, treating a receptive audience to gems like ‘Two Weeks’ and ‘Give Up’, and “thanking the Isle of Wight” for having her.

The festival continues today (September 12) with performances from Slaves, Sleaford Mods, Stormzy and a headline set from The Chemical Brothers.

Duran Duran played:

‘The Wild Boys’
‘Hungry Like The Wolf’
‘A View To A Kill’
‘Come Undone’
‘Last Night In The City’
‘The Chaffeur’
‘The Reflex’
‘Ordinary World’
‘Notorious’
‘Pressure Off’
‘Planet Earth’
‘Girls On Film’
‘(Reach Up for the) Sunrise’
‘White Lines’
‘Save A Prayer’
‘Rio’