Editors storm the Isle of Wight

11 June 2006

Built largely from their debut album The Back Room, Editors delivered an epic set that included Camera, Munich, Blood and a superb cover of Talking Heads' Road to Nowhere. The Birmingham band wowed the 35,000 strong crowd as the sun set behind the main stage, capping a great day at the festival.

Things were not looking so promising earlier on, however, as thousands of fans deserted the site to try to watch the England vs Paraguay World Cup match. Around 10,000 anxious fans overan nearby Newport, trying desperately to squeeze into any pubs showing the match. Many were left disappointed and thousands flocked to surrounding towns Ryde and Cowes.

Dirty Pretty Things proved to be the perfect band to return to following England's win. Their typically English high energy rock n' roll was lapped up by the celebratory crowd with current hit Bang Bang You're Dead closing the set.

Editors followed before Primal Scream made a triumphant festival return following Bobby Gillespie's drunken ranting at last year's Glastonbury. Opening with Movin' on Up, the band worked through crowd favourites from their earlier albums, including Rocks and Jailbird, interspersed with new tracks from latest album Riot City Blues, inluding current single Country Girl. The whole set passed without controversy and Gillespie appeared uncharacteristically sober.

Foo Fighters closed the night with Dave Grohl on typically bullish form. The US rockers blazed through their decade-spanning hits, including Break Down, Learning to Fly, All My Life and Best of You. The set was well received by a packed crowd but was virtually identical to the one they performed at last year's Reading and Leeds Festivals, down to the green lasers and Grohl's slot behind the drums.

The party continued long into the night at the Strongbow Rooms and Bacardi B-Bar before the sun-burnt and drunken masses began heading back to camp.

Stay posted for our full Isle of Wight Festival coverage.

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