The Who rock The Isle of Wight
The Who played a greatest hit set for their Isle of Wight Festival headline slot showing they could wow the crowd like they did when they started 50 years ago.
Their show at the first major music festival of the summer included an instrumental with a video highlighting the major points in history during their half-century.
They ended with a string of their well-known tunes including Pinball Wizard and Baba O’Riley before ending on Won’t Get Fooled Again.
During the finale, Pete Townshend did his trademark windmill guitar action before sliding on to the stage on his knees in an impressive manoeuvre at his age of 71 which was greeted with cheers from the crowd.
Earlier thousands of revellers donned David Bowie masks in tribute to the pop giant to raise money for the Stand Up to Cancer charity.
Promoter John Giddings, who was Bowie’s agent for 30 years, said the singer, who performed his last UK live show at the event in 2004, was a “true friend to the festival”.
The tribute began with a message from comedian Jack Whitehall and involved festival-goers singing along to Heroes, Rebel Rebel and All The Young Dudes.
And ahead of The Corrs’ appearance on the main stage, Andrea Corr and Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet sang a version of Starman.
Backstage, the first tasting was held for The Who’s own-brand of Champagne called Cuvee Roger Daltrey, selling at £95 a bottle, which has been produced to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary. A contribution from the sale goes to Daltry’s Teenage Cancer Trust.
Daltrey said: “I am very excited to have this opportunity to express my passion for champagne through this limited edition cuvee. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.”
Meanwhile police arrested four men following thefts from tents in the early hours of Saturday.
The festival at Seaclose Park, Newport, got fully under way on Friday night with a joint headline slot by Stereophonics followed by Faithless, and Queen and Adam Lambert are closing it on Sunday.
Thousands of music fans travelled by ferry across to the island for the festival and filled up both the general campsites as well as the various glamping options which include tents in the shape of playing cards and giant cubes offered by Tangerine Fields.
Since the Isle of Wight Festival relaunched in 2002, it has featured headline acts from some of the world’s biggest stars including Bowie, Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Blur, Fleetwood Mac and Foo Fighters.