The Isle Of Wight Festival saw George Ezra mark his first-ever major summer festival headline performance last night (June 15th), with special guest Fatboy Slim keeping the Main Stage party going into the night.
George, perched upon a bar stool thanks to a recent exercise-induced injury, paid tribute to those who’d come before him in the Isle of Wight Festival history books: “I’m well aware that this is the famous Isle of Wight Festival that has housed legends like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Well tonight, you’ve got George Ezra, off his head on anti-inflammatories, trying to do the best he can”.
With the festival celebrating 50 years since Bob Dylan played in 1969, George paid tribute with a cover of ‘Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright’. Other tracks included ‘Pretty Shining People’, ‘Paradise’ and ‘Shotgun’.Fatboy Slim’s high-tempo, confetti-filled, rave-inducing set was the perfect ending to what has been a busy day at the Isle of Wight Festival.
Garbage’s Big Top headline slot went down a storm, with hits including ‘Stupid Girl’ and ‘Only Happy When It Rains’.
Before his Main Stage slot, Rick Astley stopped by Old Mout’s Kiwi Camp for a round of Rockaoke, treating fans to renditions of ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ and The Clash’s ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’, which saw Astley take on drumming duties. 200 hundred lucky people in the Sky VIP Lounge watched Anne-Marie perform a short set, before she headed to the Main Stage for a hit-filled set. ‘Ciao Adios’, ‘Alarm’ and ‘2002’ were just some of the singalong tunes on offer.
YUNGBLUD, a late addition to the line-up, stormed the Big Top stage with his energetic performance. The ‘Loner’ hitmaker performed in an orange jumpsuit to a packed tent.
In celebration of this year’s fancy dress theme of ‘Summer of ’69: Peace and Love’, festival goers gathered in Strawberry Fields where a lucky family were crowned King & Queen of Summer for their 60’s-inspired outfits, receiving an exclusive backstage tour and champagne picnic.
Spotted on site today was Colin Firth, who embodied the role of proud dad as he watched his son Matteo’s band Strange Child on the Hard Rock Stage. Also spotted in VIP was The Libertines’ Carl Barat.
Today, on the final day of the festival (June 16th), fans can look forward to performances from Biffy Clyro, Keane, Jess Glynne, Dermot Kennedy, Madness and more.