Isle of Wight Festival 2011, Seaclose Park 10-12/06/2011

June 24, 2011 by  

Despite the torrential rain threatening to put most punters of their soggy burgers and cans of warm beer, this year’s I.O.W festival was a perfect celebration of its 10th birthday. Being one of the big four festival’s the I.O.W, was a top heavy affair this year with Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters and Kasabian all headlining, but that’s not to say there wasn’t plenty of fun to be had during the day.

This mainly came in the shape of Wild Beasts who played the big top to a packed out crowd. Their set flitted between all three albums and ended on the sing-along inducing All The Kings Men. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for the Vaccines. For many, they were the only recognisable ‘new band’ on the bill, which was evident by the hoards of people trying to muscle their way into the big top for their set. Despite some brief flurries on their big hits, Ra Ra Ra, If you Wanna… their set failed to live up to the huge expectations of the crowd.

So, with some of the younger bands failing to impress it was left to the, well, geriatrics to liven things up. Amongst the acts replacing the OAP’s that had evacuated the retirement home behind the site for the weekend were Iggy Pop, Sea Sick Steve and Tom Jones. Iggy maintained levels of energy that many of his younger contemporaries would be jealous of and even managed to drag Alison Mosshart of The Kills and Dave Grohl onstage during his set.

However, the real highlight has to of been Tom Jones (yes, we really did skip a bit of Foos for the great man) who mixed together his new blues influenced tracks with all of his old classics that have graced many a dodgy disco. The result was one incredibly drunk sing along from a packed big top in front of the bronzest man in Wales.

As for the headliners, The Kings of Leon did little to change the idea that they are a once great band going just going through the motions. But, many of those motions still sound incredible; especially the likes of Black Thumbnail, Charmer and Encore. It’s just a shame their sets have to filled by those fans’ favourites.

Come Sunday the rain had set in and not even the memory of Pulp’s first UK show in a decade the night before could prevent many people from leaving early. For those that did they missed one the best sets of the whole weekend, Kasabian. Clearly revitalised by the prospect of a new album, the band ended it all with a pulsating set in the torrential wind and rain, which by the end had cleared but by then so had the entire bar staff.


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