The Isle of Wight Festival 2016 took place last weekend at Seaclose Park, where revellers turned out en masse ensuring that the first festival of the summer opened with a bang. Catch up on The Isle of Wight Festival 2016 highlights…
Friday saw the Isle of Wight Festival 2016 showcase some of the best of British music: Jess Glynne showed why she continues to dominate the charts performing her hits including ‘Hold My Hand’ and Route 94’s ‘My Love’ along with other tracks from her number one album.
The Busted boys wowed fans at their first ever major festival appearance. Drawing the biggest daytime crowd they performed old favourites including ‘Year 3000’, ‘You Said No’ and ‘What I Go To School For’.
Stereophonics cemented their reputation as one of the best British bands with their floor stomping co-headline performance and their third appearance onstage at the festival. Ahead of their set, the band were on site relaxing in one of the festival’s specially designed tepees.
Electronica legends Faithless brought Friday’s main stage to a close with an electrifying performance coordinated with a brilliantly choreographed laser show which lit up the sky for miles above the island.
Thousands of people turned out at the main stage on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the life of David Bowie. The festival hosted Bowie’s last ever UK live performance back in 2004, and festival organiser John Giddings called on the audience to pay tribute by wearing David Bowie masks, sold to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.
Still buzzing from the news that ‘Ash & Ice’ has become the band’s highest charting album, The Kills thrilled the Main Stage audience with their effortlessly cool style and compelling stage presence. Meanwhile, later in the BT Field of Dreams, football fans gathered to watch the England vs Russia game.
The festival also celebrated 40 years of punk with performances from The Damned, Buzzcocks and The Dolls, but it was Iggy Pop’s early Saturday evening performance that stole the show. He proved once again why he is renowned as one of the most dynamic stage performers of all time.
British rock legend’s The Who brought Saturday night to a close with a thrilling set, including ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘Who Are You’ and ‘My Generation’.
The Isle of Wight Festival 2016 highlights also welcomed The Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft along as special guest, who performed hits including ‘Bittersweet Symphony’, ‘Lucky Man’ and ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ as well as music from his new album ‘These People’.
Crowds packed into the main stage arena to see the band perform foot stomping hits including ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year.
Adam Lambert also dedicated ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’ to the victims of the Orlando shootings, saying that it was “for anybody who has been a victim of senseless violence or hatred.“
Over the course of the weekend, 60,000 festival goers basked in the Isle of Wight sunshine and enjoyed some incredible live performances. We look forward to seeing what 2017 brings for The Isle of Wight Festival.
For more information on The Isle of Wight Festival, you can visit the official website here.