Thousands party into the night as Isle of Wight festival begins

ON STAGE The Kaiser Chiefs performing on the main stage at Isle of Wight Festival 2011.     Picture: Sarah Standing (112085-8994)
ON STAGE The Kaiser Chiefs performing on the main stage at Isle of Wight Festival 2011. Picture: Sarah Standing (112085-8994)
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CROWDS were rocked by the Kings of Leon last night as thousands of people enjoyed the first night of the Isle of Wight festival.

The group from Tennessee played some of their greatest hits, including some from their latest album Come Around Sundown.

As the heavens opened the crowd defied the weather and continued to party armed with their umbrellas and wellies.

Around 65,000 people packed into Seaclose Park in Newport for the first big night of the festival.

Bands such as We Are Scientists, Band of Horses, The Courteneers and the Kaiser Chiefs took to the main stage yesterday afternoon through into the evening.

The Kaiser Chiefs entertained the crowd with hits such as Everyday I Love You Less and Less, Ruby and I Predict a Riot.

Fairground rides were keeping many of the festival-goers entertained.

Chris Hampson, 25, of Heritage Way in Gosport, said: ‘I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I’m hoping that the rain stays away. This is my second time at the Isle of Wight festival.

‘The line up this year is amazing compared to the last time I came.’

Mat Brett, 25, from Goldsmith Avenue in Southsea, said: ‘It’s a lot bigger than I thought it would be.

‘My favourite band in the world is the Foo Fighters so the way I see it I’m here to see the Foo Fighters and everyone else.

‘I didn’t know it had been going for 10 years. As far as I’m concerned the Isle of Wight Festival has been going strong for as long as I can remember. Every year just seems to have a stronger line up.’

Tomorrow will see 90s Brit Pop stars Pulp perform on the main stage with American rockers Foo Fighters headlining on the main stage.

The Cult will perform in the big top tent while Welsh superstar Tom Jones will headline.

The festival ends Sunday night.