All the action from a glorious weekend at the south coast festival, closed by Fleetwood Mac.
Eyebrows were raised among Black Keys fans when he announced a new group last week, but Dan Auerbach showed no sign of having his mind elsewhere on day one of the festival, when the two-piece brought their roaring blues to the Main Stage.
“Snarling QOTSA style guitar riffs and pounding drums” is what NME said about Hyena earlier this year. The crowd at the Jack Rocks stage at Isle of Wight seemed to agree.
Around 58,000 people attended the festival this year. It’s a long way from the festival’s early years: around 150,000 people were thought to have attended in 1969, and the following year as many as 600,000 are estimated to have been in attendance, although promoter at the time, Ray Foulk, always said he though it was only half of that number. Wouldn’t fancy the toilet queues back in those days.
Here’s Blur’s Alex James looking relaxed on stage.
Damon splashing the front row with water – they hope it was water – during Blur’s set.
It’s not a festival unless some clown in the crowd is wearing a body suit.
Here’s Rudimental collaborator Ella Eyre doing her thing on Sunday.
Merthyr Tydfil four-piece Pretty Vicious only formed this time last year, but they went down a storm on the Big Top stage.
Scottish crew The View performed songs from their forthcoming Albert- Hammond Jr-assisted fifth album ‘Ropewalk’ at the festival.
The Courteeners’ Liam Fray during the band’s set on Sunday afternoon.
Unsurprisingly, Fleetwood Mac pulled the biggest crowd of the weekend, closing out the weekend with a hit-packed set that included ‘Dreams’, ‘Everywhere’ and ‘Go Your Own Way’. According to Stevie Nicks’ between-songs banter, it was their 90th date of their comeback tour, and first festival date.
Here’s Fleetwood Mac in full flow. Stevie Nicks dedicated ‘Landslide’ to Dave Grohl, who fell off the stage while performing in Sweden and broke his leg. The Mac can certainly relate to having illness almost derail gig plans – fans were fretting they may not appear at Isle of Wight after two dates were cancelled last week for unspecified health reasons.