Isle of Might: Rock big guns return for IOW Festival 2011

We look ahead to the weekender in this bumper preview

Photographer:Shirlaine Forrest

Ali Ryland - 02 June 2011

The Isle of Wight’s so far! Why should I bother?
Now that’s not the kind of attitude that led to Isle of Wight Festival 1970, where numbers in excess of half a million swarmed the small island to create Britain’s own Woodstock...

That sounds great! If I had a time machine...
You don’t need one. Today’s historic acts are still playing with Iggy and the Stooges, Public Image Ltd and Manic Street Preachers are expected to give it to us old school, while a whole host of up-and-comers provide the padding; The Vaccines, Brother and Hurts to name a few.  Not to mention Pulp - if it’s Cocker certified, it’s bound to be a belter!

That’s true.
Wait, I haven’t even mentioned the headliners! Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters and Kasabian will play with Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye in the comedy tent.

I didn’t know there was a comedy tent!
Oh, there isn’t, you’re right. They’re playing the main stage.

What else is going on?
Look out for the Eco-charge tent in the arena. All you need to do is become a human hamster through pedalling on an exercise bike to charge your phone for free. Even if you’re an achey mess after that, it’s still an offence not to go shake your stuff at the Hipshaker bar. Local DJs and live bands chased by cocktails? That’s more VF’s kind of exercise!

Nice one! What bands should I look out for?
This lot:

Haunting folk from the Oxford four-piece won’t go amiss in the summer sun. Grab a beer and a good spot to see them shine.

Foo Fighters
While it’s certain they’ll be belting out the classics, you don’t want to miss the rockers’ debuting some of their new gems from their “heaviest album yet”, ‘Wasting Light’.

Wild Beasts
While the name may make you think of Steel Panther-esque glam rockers with hairy chests, Wild Beasts are a band to mellow out to. The perfect festival act.

Manic Street Preachers
Do they even need an introduction? See them headline Big Top on the Sunday to round off your weekend with some newies as well as classic tunes from the alt-rock trio.

Give me more!
Lucky for you, we made a whole Isle of Wight Festival Spotify Playlist. Go check it out here.

Now i’m stoked! But isn’t it sold out?
Unfortunately it is, but tickets are still selling on Viagogo from (at the time of going to print) £189.99.

Click here to buy Isle Of Wight Festival tickets.


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