The 2019 Isle Of Wight Festival ended last night as Biffy Clyro closed the Main Stage in spectacular fashion, with pyrotechnics and fireworks aplenty. The truly anthemic set spanned their 20+ year career and their return to the Isle of Wight Festival was welcomed by the band and fans alike; frontman Simon Neil, clad in a mustard suit proclaimed “we love this festival, it’s great to be back”.
Ahead of their first album release since 2012, due later this year, Keane treated fans to new music and sing along classics ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, ‘Everybody’s Changing’ and ‘Silenced By The Night’ at their headline Big Top set.
BRITs winner Tom Walker smashed an afternoon Main Stage slot with hits including ‘Leave A Light On’ and ‘Walk Alone’. Over at the Big Top Dermot Kennedy delighted fans with renditions of ‘Moments Passed’, ‘Glory’ and new track ‘Outnumbered’.
Richard Ashcroft began his Main Stage set stripped back and acoustic, building up to a mass sing-along with ‘Bittersweet Symphony’.
IDLES gave the Big Top an injection of punk rock energy, inviting audience members on stage to trade riffs during set including 6 Music favourite ‘Danny Nedelko’ and ‘Mother’.
Madness, after 40 years at the coal face of modern popular culture, sang, danced and made merry through a main stage set including hits, ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘House of Fun’ and ‘Our House’. Suggs even took the time to give a young teen in the crowd a pep talk on the importance of staying in education…
Bringing the party early in the afternoon, satirical ABBA spoof Björn Again were a hit on the Main Stage. ‘Waterloo’, ‘Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie! (A Man After Midnight)’ and ‘Super Trouper’ were just some of the famous tracks on offer.