Stone Roses bring the house down at festival

Ian Brown of The Stone Roses performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival''Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Ian Brown of The Stone Roses performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival''Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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THE party was in full swing at the Isle of Wight festival last night as Friday’s headliners the Stone Roses closed the set.

The festival was buzzing in anticipation all day, with tents, burger vans and even boats moored along the canalside blaring out their hits.

Fresh from a warm-up tour which got rave reviews, the Mancunian quartet didn’t disappoint, belting out hit after hit.

They had been ably assisted by Paul Weller, who appeared on the main stage ahead of them, singing a mix of his solo hits and songs from his days in The Jam and the Style Council.

Local act Beats and Swing, from Portsmouth, appeared in the Intoxicated Tearooms from 8pm last night.

DJs play electro-swing music while dancers, such as hula-hooper Amy Poyner, perform on stage.

Amy, 34, from Baffins, who is part of the Happy Hula Monkeys, said she was very excited about performing at the festival.

She said: ‘Earlier in the week I thought I’d spontaneously combust. I was excited, but anxious too as there was so much to remember.

‘We’re performing on the Intoxicated Tearooms stage on Sunday, but in the dance tent tonight (Saturday) which is amazing.

‘There are 15 of us – different DJs and performers. Beats and Swing has been going for about a year and it’s something different for the Portsmouth area.’

Another highlight was watching 80s stars T’Pau in the big top, kickstarting the venue’s day of acts which ended with the mighty Rizzle Kicks, full of energy and making the crowd in the tent jump.

Emeli Sande belted out her hits to a packed arena and the dance tent was jumping, with Mistajam proving popular and the night ending with Example and DJ Wire.

Festival-goer Mark Chapman, 28, from Fratton, is with five friends.

He said: ‘It’s been a brilliant day. It’s been fantastic since the minute we got here.

‘I’ve wanted to see the Stone Roses for years so today’s a massive day for me.

‘It’s a great festival, one of the best there is, I think.’

The festival continues tonight with the Killers headlining the main stage.

Tomorrow’s acts include Blondie, Republica, Paloma Faith, the Script and finally Bon Jovi headlining the main stage.

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