Another superb Isle of Wight Festival is now behind us and what a weekend it was!
The sun came out – and stayed out – while a glorious blend of local acts and big names graced the stages. As always, there was something for everyone here.
Happy campers flocked over to the island on Thursday, well in time to kick the long weekend off with Razorlight on the Big Top.
It was on the Friday night the party really got started, though – fresh from steering our Wightlink ferry across the solent, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man performed his biggest hits on the main stage.
David Guetta rounded off the day with a bang. Not only did he have the whole festival jumping but he also had a light show to remember.
In the midst of all the big performing names, though, sometimes it’s the little things you remember best.
There was always something funky going on in the Old Mout Cider Kiwi Camp – there were a few dab hands at musical bingo, less so with gospeloke – while yoga sessions were a chance to unwind and relax.
That’s not to mention the swathe of brilliant local performers that you could catch dotted around the venue – Bang Bang Romeo were a particular highlight.
On the Saturday, The Kooks and Arcade Fire headlined in what was definitely an indie-themed evening. Both bands were outstanding and left everybody wanting more.
As a festival that’s famous for its phenomenal food it was no surprise to find me spending as much time refuelling, as watching the acts. Venezuelan-style areas were by far and away my favourite discovery of the weekend.
Bastille and Rod Stewart were the big stars of the final day and rounded off the weekend in the perfect way.
With the kids go free initiative and dedicated children’s areas, like the Kid Zone, there was a definite family-friendly feel to this festival.
That, and the eclectic mix of performers over the four days, made this a truly welcoming and memorable experience.
Thank you Isle of Wight Festival 2017 – you were amazing!
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