Live @ The Isle of Wight Festival 2011 – Day 1

11 Jun

So after minor delays and the unfortunate event of missing We Are Scientists, We arrived at the site of the Isle of Wight festival, burning a trail directly to the main stage, and stopping only at the H&M lounge to pick up our access wristbands, arriving halfway through Band of Horses’ set. They provided a short and light introduction into what has to be one of the best line-ups of the summer.

The Courteeners
Next up where The Courteeners who began the real festival action. Getting close proved to be a reckless but awesome experience, and they truly took the atmosphere to a new level. Definitely a band which was perfectly billed for the stage and the crowd, nicely exciting the revellers for the night ahead while delivering their own unique and memorable performance. Frontman Liam Fray was especially outstanding.

 Kaiser Chiefs
The Kaiser Chiefs were next on the main stage and they  came on to a ready and waiting crowd. The people five metres from the front were readying themselves for the brazen chorus of ‘I predict a riot’ and the antics to accompany it. Unfortunately their first song put this vision in jeopardy and we were suddenly looking at a band trying to sell their new stuff from The Future Is Medieval, which wasn’t festival worthy in its lyrics or tunes. They started to rectify this with a few older tracks from their repertoire, Ruby and I Predict A Riot came and went, but there still were too many new tracks which left the crowd unsure as to how to respond. The mood could be summed up by taking another sample of their lyrics ‘we are the angry mob, we love you, we love you, we hate you we hate you, oh but we are oh so easily swayed.’ Thank god they ended with ‘oh my god I’ve never been this far from home.’ It was noticeable that they’ve fallen slightly from the days they used to headline this stage in 2008.

Kings of Leon
If Kaiser Chiefs need any advice on how to run a Friday night main stage, I refer them to the headliners. Kings of Leon. The moment they stepped on stage you could tell why they deserve that first word in their band name, despite their frontman Anthony Followill’s humble words claiming that he didn’t know how to front a band but still had a hell of a lot of fun. Their rule was glorious, equally rocking the ground and delivering more mellow tracks as darkness engulfed Seaclose Park. After their awesome entrance, they had a task to provide an end which befitted them. After the lasers and light show, the fireworks crowned them the kings of the festival season so far, framing the stage and lighting up the sky, while exploding from the backdrop. I don’t envy the task Foo Fighters and Kasabian have over the next two days, though I have seen flying equipment today so I’m preparing to eat my words this evening.

More soon from the Isle of Wight festival.

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