Portsmouth’s finest shine at Isle of Wight Festival

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The Killers brought Mr Brightside to the table - but it was the some of Portsmouth’s finest that lit up Saturday at the Isle of Wight festival.

Brandon Flowers’ band delivered an anthemic set to delight a weekend crowd of around 40,000 people in Newport.

The crowd watching Ben Howard performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival, in Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The crowd watching Ben Howard performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival, in Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

But the joy of this year’s event wasn’t to be found on the main stage in front of the adulation afforded to Las Vegas’ finest.

It was worth taking a trip to the far-flung nooks and crannies of Seaclose Park to enjoy the finer moments of a festival which has been largely looked after by the weather gods.

Long-running Pompey retro night Hipshaker was the must-visit starting point for an eclectic array of entertainment.

Teenage DJ Ted Lavender belied his years with a confident start to a sunny afternoon, obviously the days of playing at Notting Hill and Lily Allen’s wedding had paid off for a kid with the quiet confidence to deliver music that was pleasing the masses way before he was born.

And then came a little fun from 50s-loving trio the Three Belles to get the chaps’ temperatures rising on a surprisingly balmy afternoon.

The wind had picked up a little by the time surprise festi hit Channel Carling had got the party going to a little hip-hop karaoke.

It’s A Sin stalwart DJ Lemon went down a storm with a cocky rendition of Jazzy and the Fresh Prince’s Summertime that the fans enjoyed.

On the main stage, New Yorker Willy Mason ripped up his American geography with his deep south-tinged country set early in the afternoon.

Oxygen and So Long were standouts from the 28-year-old’s display which was apt for a lazy festival day.

Ben Howard then stepped it up after Little Mix provided a festival surprise with a guilty pleasure set which included a cover of De La Soul’s Ring Ring Ring.

Now the attention turns to Bon Jovi tonight who are lined up for a marathon three hour set.

Festival organiser John Giddings is looking forward to seeing the American rockers along with Irish outfit Kodaline.

Mr Giddings said: ‘Bon Jovi are everyone’s guilty pleasure.

‘My daughter is 28 and she loves them.

‘They are going to play for three hours. They’ve got more hits than I’ve had hot dinners.

‘There’s no better job than running a festival with all the groups you love performing on it.

‘Kodaline are ones to look out for, but it’s good to see the weekend going well and people enjoying themselves.’

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