Festival fans flock in for rock and electronica

Busted  Picture: Sam Taylor

Busted Picture: Sam Taylor

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MUSIC-LOVERS at the Isle of Wight Festival have been given a masterclass in rock and roll and electronica.

Thousands flocked to the Main Stage last night as Welsh rockers Stereophonics and British trio Faithless gave their headlining performances.

Led by uber-cool frontman Kelly Jones, Stereophonics played hits from their 2015 album Keep The Village Alive and 2013’s Graffiti On The Train.

They then took listeners back in time, delivering astounding performances of earlier fan favourites, including 2005 track Dakota.

The four-piece were succeeded on stage by electronic-dance ensemble Faithless, whose atmospheric set boasted an incredible nighttime light display.

It was flagship tracks Insomnia and God Is A DJ that got the crowd moving most.

Despite rain falling earlier in the day, campers still flocked to see the Main Stage’s opening acts of the weekend.

Sheffield-based rock group Reverend and the Makers were the first to appear, followed by sets from Busted, Jess Glynne and Everything Everything.

Music fans will hope the high standards of yesterday’s performances continue today, when The Who and Richard Ashcroft, amongst others, will play.

Anna Cook, 53 from Portsmouth, is looking forward to seeing The Who.

She said: ‘You just know they’re going to deliver a fantastic show.’

Final headliners Queen, accompanied by vocalist Adam Lambert, will be on the Main Stage at 9pm tomorrow night.

Ocean Colour Scene and Yorkshire-based indie rock group The Cribs will also hit the Main Stage from 5.55pm, with Feeder appearing in the Big Top at 10.45pm.

Weather on the island is expected to remain mostly sunny today, with the temperature peaking at 19 degrees.

Be sure to keep up to date with our coverage of the Isle of Wight Festival on Twitter by following @wow247portsmth and the #IOWfest hashtag.

More reports and pictures in Monday’s News and at portsmouth.co.uk

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