Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Sun shines for festival's final day

Revellers in fancy dress attend the Isle of Wight Festival, in Seaclose Park, Newport

The sun kept shining on revellers as they enjoyed the final day of the Isle of Wight Festival, headlined by Bon Jovi.

Despite forecasts for heavy rain, the crowds have stayed mostly dry at the four-day event which is the first major music festival of the summer.

Proceedings kicked off on Thursday with Happy Mondays and The Farm playing for campers. The North West theme continued on Friday night with Manchester's The Stone Roses playing all the fans' favourites including She Bangs The Drums and I Am The Resurrection.

On Saturday night, The Killers performed a high-adrenaline set backed by pyrotechnics and confetti cannons. The band went straight into massive hit Mr Brightside but as well as their popular tunes they threw in a couple of covers including I Think We're Alone Now made famous by Tiffany.

Brandon Flowers also did a version of The Beatles' When I'm 64, changing the lyrics to: "We could see The Killers on the Isle of Wight, if it's not too dear."

Dan Smith, lead singer of Bastille, who performed on Saturday, admitted that the band had bought tickets for Glastonbury Festival before they were booked to perform there. He told Absolute Radio: "I know, I know, I feel like a bit of an idiot now. "But yeah, I love it and it's such an amazing weekend and I've been for the last four, five, six years and even though some were like, 'you might be playing', I said, 'well I'm not going to risk it. I'm not going to risk not going'. So yeah, it was a massive waste of money."

Sir Bob Geldof roared on to the main stage with The Boomtown Rats which reunited for the first time in 27 years to appear at the festival. He told the crowd: "We are The Boomtown Rats, we are marvellous, we are magnificent, we are the living Mount Rushmore." He played the band's hits including Like Clockwork, She's So Modern, and Someone's Looking At You.

And an emotional rendition of I Don't Like Mondays brought cheers from the crowds. Sir Bob told the crowd: "When we started playing these songs again it was sad because it wasn't nostalgia, it was like it was 30 years ago, not being able to get a job, the banks ripping you off." After finishing Rat Trap, Sir Bob said to the crowd: "Thank you very much, it's been the best fun in 27 years."

Newton Faulkner also got the crowds singing with his early-afternoon slot which he finished with a version of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.

Little Mix played the Big Top stage on Saturday and said it had been an "amazing" experience. Band member Perrie Edwards said: "We're just really privileged to be here."

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