11 June 2006
Editors stole the show on the Saturday of this year's Isle of Wight Festival, which also featured high octane sets from Primal
Scream, Dirty Pretty Things and headliners Foo Fighters...
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.
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.
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
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 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.