Thursday 29 June 2017

Festival-goers have a Wight good time

Ben Mitchell

A total of 75,000 revellers converged on the Isle of Wight this weekend for the first major music festival of the summer.

The Isle of Wight Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year after it reincarnated the spirit of the legendary events held there in the late 1960s.

This year's headliners are Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Kasabian and newly reformed Pulp.

Other acts include Liam Gallagher's new band Beady Eye, which he formed after splitting from Oasis, Kaiser Chiefs and Iggy and the Stooges.

Festival promoter John Giddings said he chose a line-up with a more contemporary feel than previous years which have featured "retro" headliners such as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and The Who.

He said: "We have had The Beatles (Paul McCartney) and The Stones and I came to the answer that for our 10th anniversary we should come into the 21st century and grow up. Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon are the two biggest rock bands around."

Irish Independent

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