Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Windswept music fans enjoy festival

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

Windswept revellers have been enjoying a third day of music at the first major festival of the summer.

Fans at the Isle of Wight Festival have been treated to a greatest hits set by The Stone Roses who headlined on Friday night.

The Manchester icons played their hit tunes including She Bangs The Drums and I Am The Resurrection. However, the late night parties were dampened by rain which lasted most of the night before the weather brightened ahead of Saturday's headline show by The Killers.

One festival-goer, Dave Howlett, of Durban, South Africa, said: "I've had the awesomest time, so glad the sunshine has held out so far."

Cat Matthews, of Southsea, Hampshire, said: "Happy-go-lucky sums up my weekend - happy because I'm listening to great music in great weather and lucky because I won my tickets. Great times."

John Giddings, promoter of the festival, has created new attractions away from the main stages for this year's event with additions including a bohemian wood, cabaret club, extended dance tent and a bigger beach.

The luxury side of the festival has also expanded with hut tubs and barrel saunas being available in a new spa area and in the campsite Tangerine Fields are providing hundreds of campers with pre-pitched tents with extra luxuries such as a pamper parlour and phone charging.

The event will climax on Sunday with Bon Jovi closing the main stage. Some Bon Jovi fans have been disappointed that guitarist Richie Sambora will not be performing after he recently quit the group's North American tour.

But Sir Bob Geldof, who is performing with The Boomtown Rats for the first time in 26 years, has hinted that he may be appearing with Jon Bon Jovi during his headline show.

Other acts performing at the festival include Paul Weller, Emeli Sande, Jake Bugg, Everything Everything, Blondie, Imagine Dragons, Ellie Goulding, Rizzle Kicks and Republica. The event at Seaclose Park, Newport, opened on Thursday with The Farm and Happy Mondays performing for campers.

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