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The Prodigy lit the touchpaper in searing fashion at the Isle of Wight Festival last night.

(All pictures in the slideshow by Paul Windsor and PA)

The Black Keys at the Isle of Wight Festival last night

The Black Keys at the Isle of Wight Festival last night

One of the world’s foremost dance acts turned up the heat as revellers dismissed the damp conditions in Newport.

The group, whose hits include Firestarter, are renowned for their high-octane performances.

And they didn’t disappoint as party goers were warmed by their full repertoire of classic punk-tinged dance tunes.

Keith Flint and Co delivered as the first headline act on the main stage, with 50,000 people present at Seaclose Park.

The crowd at the festival last night

The crowd at the festival last night

Carl Wood, 42, from Southsea is DJing at this year’s event and is a regular visitor to the festival.

He said: ‘Every year you wonder how things can get better and improve.

‘But the organisers always manage to pull it off.

‘There’s been some great acts from Billy Idol on Thursday to The Prodigy tonight.

Counting Crows at the festival

Counting Crows at the festival

‘There’s Blur and Fleetwood Mac to look forward to as well.

‘Yes, it’s rained a bit but that hasn’t put people off one bit.

‘It’s another brilliant year.’

Jane Piper, 29, from Fratton added: ‘I’m only here for a couple of days, but it’s been worth the effort.

‘We’ve all had a laugh and there’s so much to do.

‘It’s not just about the big top and main stage.

‘The organisers have made more effort adding different tents and stages this year and it’s worked.’

Earlier, The Struts officially opened the main stage in cooler weather after the heat of Thursday’s opening day.

American rockers Counting Crows, The Black Keys and You Me at Six were other standouts with Sharon Corr, from The Corrs a leftfield success at the big top.

Elsewhere, the Electro Love tent is proving a quirky favourite with its blend of 80s music and nostalgia, including a tuck shop.

Today sees a string of heavy hitters performing on the big stage, including James and Pharrell Williams.

But there’s no doubt Blur are a worthy headline act as one of the most hotly-anticipated acts at the festival in years.