United Kingdom | 09 June 2007
The Isle of Wight Festival is still going strong and we're here to keep you up-to-date with the gossip and goings-on from the garden isle...
Clad in pure white, Muse blow away everything before them with massive opener 'Knights Of Cydonia'. They've got more lights than Gatwick Airport and after overcoming some initial technical gremlins race through a greatest hits set. It's Matt Bellamy's birthday and the band celebrate it in style with a spark-drenched pyro display during 'Starlight'. A dozen giant white balloons are released as the band return to the stage for their encore, launching into a stunning version of 'Plug In Baby' before disappearing into the night.
Kasabian storm on stage to release a beast of a set. The Leicestershire quartet don’t disappoint as they roar through their classics and thump the island into a mass sea of bouncing heads, energetic arms and swaying flags. ‘Processed Beats’ stands out as the number of the night before Tom Mieghan signs off with ‘Thank you Isle of Wight…”
As a sweltering sun finally begins to set over the Isle of Wight Ash finish a well received set, though the main arena is clearly filling for the acts that are set to follow. Kasabian are on shortly and should start just as the darkness descends over the site.
Tom Meighan from Kasabian gets his bragging rights in early when he tells Virtual Festivals he will drink Tom Chaplin, from Keane, under the table tomorrow. Does he realise that Chaplin has only recently come out of rehab for his drink problem? Very rock n roll but hardly a contest…
Wolfmother finish their second festival set of the weekend with a storming Sabbath-esque encore. As the sun begins to drift down the excitement is definitely building up.
Donovan, who appeared at the 1970 Isle of Wight festival, is spotted enjoying himself at his second coming but looks as if the years are catching up a bit…
Mick Jones and Amy Winehouse are spotted having a cosy backstage set after Winehouse’s set – a punk-funk collaboration on the cards?
The crowd swells as Amy Winehouse pounds out a stonking soul, jazz and RnB set. Her airy shorts and vest combo perfect for the sweltering summer day is briefly interrupted by the Red Arrows who create a heart shape in the cloudless blue sky.
“Good to see you’ve all got your hats on,” announces Amy Winehouse as she struts on the main stage. Hers probably didn’t fit over her giant beehive hairdo.
Notting Hill DJ legend Norman Jay opens his set with some laid-back dub, perfect for the mid-afternoon sunshine and fitting for the festival feeling. Revellers are enjoying the sounds from just outside the tent; that sunshine is just too tempting.
As Norman Jay is preparing for his Bacardi B-Live set Virtual Festivals catch up with him before he hits the ones and twos.
Virtual Festivals: Who are you looking forward to seeing this weekend?
Norman Jay: “Sadly I’m not here long enough to see anyone as I’ve got a gig tonight, so I’ve got to rush off but I’ve had a look around and its fantastic, big as ever. This is my third year at the Isle of Wight festival but it’s the first time I’ve brought the sunshine.”
VF: What are treating the crowd with today?
NJ: “I’m playing slightly earlier then I normally would so I’ll keep it a bit more relaxed and chilled then the stuff later. There are hours to go and people are wilting so I don’t want to kill them out there.”
The Bacardi B-Live is things are hotting up. The sun is out as the summery salsa style percussion vibes flow from the bar. The tent begins to fill as the anticipation for Norman Jay builds and huge fan Spiderman is jogging on the spot in the middle of the tent – the excitement is just too much! Two orange trousered men on stilts spring into the tent to join him – the sun’s gone to everyone’s heads, it’s not the rum. I promise.
Rumour Alert! Whispers in the crowd suggest that Pete Doherty will join Mick Jones on stage for Carbon/Silicon's performance. The pair have played together before when Jones joined The Libertines on stage in London but this sounds a little like a festival fib...
It’s hot enough to cook eggs on the tent roofs this morning. It looks like its going to be a scorcher…
Many think Brandon Flowers has made a guest appearance on the island, but it turns out to be his cockney doppelganger who has been crooning throughout the night - shame that he seems to be tone deaf!
Its early morning but loads of people are still partying. The first streaker just made his mark through the blue camp site. It is unclear whether he will be gracing the other camp sites with his presence. It’s definitely pretty chilly now too…
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