Downpour turns festival into a mudbath

UNION JACK THE LAD Liam Gallagher of Beady Eye on the Main Stage on Sunday night
UNION JACK THE LAD Liam Gallagher of Beady Eye on the Main Stage on Sunday night
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They say it never rains but it pours.

And that’s exactly what happened for the third and final day of the Isle of Wight festival.

GRUNGE Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performing on the Main Stage on Saturday.     (112085-1700)

GRUNGE Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performing on the Main Stage on Saturday. (112085-1700)

But many of the 70,000 people didn’t let the weather dampen their spirits as they made the trek through the muddy fields to watch Kasabian headline last night.

Yesterday also saw performances on the main stage from Pixie Lott, Plan B, The Script and Beady Eye, whilst the Manic Street Preachers headlined in the Big Top tent.

This year the festival in Seaclose Park in Newport celebrated its 10th anniversary with Kings of Leon and Foo Fighters also headlining over the weekend. There have been some legendary performances at the Isle of Wight festival in its 10 year history.

But the Foo Fighters will go into the record books as giving the best yet.

The Saturday night headliners stole the festival for many, as front man Dave Grohl bounced around like a toddler who had been told he could stay up late.

The band promised to play until they were kicked off stage and they were true to their word. It was a great way for the Isle of Wight – traditionally the summer’s first festival – to celebrate its landmark birthday.

From the bizarre to the down right weird, there was a little bit of everything.

Campers backed into Seaclose Park, near Newport, for the three-day event.

Hoping for sunshine they also got plenty of showers.

But with last night’s headliners Kasabian and Friday night’s performance from Kings of Leon it didn’t seem to matter.

Under the glitterball roof of the Big Top, Joan Jett, the Manic Street Preachers and Chase and Status all won over fans old and new, and Pulp resurrected their mid-90s glory days with a triumphant set.

And the low-key Garden Stage was the perfect place to showcase the voices of James Walsh and Ian Broudie.

With Tom Jones sharing the same bill as Iggy Pop, Plan B and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, what’s not to love?

But it will be the Foos and that performance which will live long in the memory for many.

Sarah Cooper, 24, from Moorland Road in Portsmouth, said: ‘I liked Seasick Steve. He was entertaining and different. There is always a good atmosphere, it’s electric.

‘The weather was fine for most of the weekend, but on Sunday it was horrible.’

Simon Stokes, 26, from Fareham Road in Gosport, said: ‘Pulp were awesome and the Foo Fighters as usual were excellent.

‘This is my sixth time at the Isle of Wight festival. It’s always a really good atmosphere.

‘And it’s handy because it’s only across the water.

‘It’s a shame it’s wet but what can we do about it?’