Wednesday 17 January 2018

Kings Of Leon close Isle of Wight

Kings Of Leon brought the Isle of Wight festival to a close
Kings Of Leon brought the Isle of Wight festival to a close
Brett Anderson of Suede performing on the Main Stage

Kings Of Leon treated Isle of Wight festival goers to songs from all six of their albums as they brought the event to a close.

Organisers hailed the festival as a great success after a weekend that saw performances from acts including Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Calvin Harris and Suede and the 50,000 revellers treated to fireworks displays and a flyover from the Red Arrows.

But there were some complaints after The Red Hot Chilli Peppers headlined on Saturday night, playing their only UK show this year and their first festival in this country since 2007, as there were technical problems with the sound.

It was reported fans could barely hear the rockers' set, while many were left disappointed when the Chilli Peppers did not play their well known hit Under The Bridge.

But there were many highlights to the weekend. The four-day festival ended with a spectacular fireworks display once Tennessee band Kings Of Leon had delivered a memorable performance.

They played a 90-minute set of their greatest hits including Use Somebody and Wait For Me, before ending with the multi-million selling Sex On Fire.

The first of the summer's major music festivals saw fellow Scots Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris also headline the main stage on Friday.

Moments before Fall Out Boy took to the main stage on Sunday, the crowd were given an unannounced 20-minute display by the Red Arrows over Seaclose Park, Newport.

Other acts who also played on the final day included Suede, Passenger, The Horrors, Travis and Ella Eyre.

John Giddings, festival promoter, said: "I can't believe how well it has gone this weekend. The weather has held, we've had the hottest day of the year.

"And some fantastic acts. The Chili Peppers last night were extraordinary.

"Their energy was incredible.

"It's been a wonderful weekend and I can't thank everybody enough for making it happen. It's gone more to plan than I expected to be honest.

"People think it's a much bigger event even though it's the same size with just more going on. Even though we lost in the football, people still had a good time."

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