Note: I am currently away at Glastonbury Festival – this is a queued post!
This is the first part of my Isle of Wight Festival 2013 adventures! This was my second year at Isle of Wight Festival but with the awful weather in 2012 I was unsure what to expect. I arrived at the festival on the Tuesday afternoon as I was there as a volunteer with Oxfam so I had a great time watching the site build up before everyone arrived!
It turned out we were actually quite lucky with the weather. There were some very sunny days and some horrible rainy days but nothing like the terrible wind from last year! On the Thursday me and a friend took advantage of the lovely weather to have a wander around the site and scope out potential food places. We came across a lovely teepee full of fairies who were granting wishes that were tied onto their tree. I thought hard about my wish and decided on this one:
Later in the afternoon I saw my first festival band of the season! The Blockheads are not a band that I claim to know very well but I enjoyed their set. My main thought was that the lead singer (obviously not Ian Dury) looked like Billy Connelly! Even though they had a different singer they sounded just like they did in the songs I heard when growing up and we had a good time singing along to Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick!
On the Friday I didn’t see much as most of the bands I was looking forward to seeing were later in the festival. There was a good band on early on called Palma Violets who I recommend. I also saw the beginning of Fun. If I’d not been working that night I would have stayed to watch the whole of Fun but unfortunately I had to leave after two songs!
I also saw the Levellers who are one of my mum’s favourite bands. I really enjoyed their set and would definitely see them again! I wouldn’t listen to their music at home but they were a perfect festival band.
Bloc Party are another band that I don’t know much about. I was desperate to see The Killers though so I watched these as they were on the stage first. They were quite enjoyable but I can’t say they won me over.
The Killers were my favourite band this year and I think their set was probably one of the best I’ve ever seen at a festival! They came on half an hour late but launched straight into Mr Brightside. Their set was full of hits as well as newer songs from their latest album. The new songs fitted seamlessly and Brandon Flowers even taught us the words and had us singing along. All These Things That I’ve Done was absolutely amazing and we were chanting “I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier” while being showered in confetti. The set finished with an explosive version of When We Were Young with fireworks. Truly brilliant!
Check back later this week for the second half of my adventures including The Boomtown Rats and Bon Jovi.
You can also see the food I ate at the festival on my other blog
Were you at Isle of Wight? What do you think of the line up?