Amongst the opening names for the start of the Isle of Wight Festival. Midge Ure presented an awesome acoustic set on Saturday night at The Venue @ RydeTheatre.
Once known as the lead man of the 80’s band Ultravox he later went on to become one of the UK’s leading solo singer/songwriters. Requiring only a spotlight, guitar and an amp, he opened with a first-class rendition of his 1989 tune ‘Dear God’ as he set the pace for the rest of the show.
One fan commented: “The strength of this man’s voice had us stunned and hooked on his every word. In-between songs, Midge engaged us with the story of his rise to stardom – funny and political, a true professional and very clearly a master of his art.”
This is the second time that Midge has played on the Island, and after breaking a string with his sheer gusto of strumming he wowed the audience with his 1984 hit ‘One Small Day’, the thought provoking ‘Spielburg Sky’ and the touching ‘Breathe’ (to let me breathe). Flowing from one tune to the next and then onto ‘Call of the Wild’ until he silenced the theatre with a heart-pounding version of ‘Vienna’.
‘Dancing with Tears in my Eyes’ was the chosen close of the set, with the crowd harmonising as backing singers. With a huge smile, the encore treat was a belting version of ‘If I Was’ – a magnificent end to a fantastic night.
As one festival goer commented: “I only hope that we won’t have to wait another eight years to see this master at work again on the Island”.