Isle of Wight Festival 2016 Review

Bags ready tent purchased and we were ready to hit the road for an epic weekend of random antics, filled with laughter, good friends and live music, a line-up so large, that no one could contain their excitement.

Thursday evening has arrived tents up and its time to see what the Isle of Wight Festival 2016 has to offer. The 'Big Top' stage opens up with performances from 'The dolls''Maxi Jazz and the E-Type Boys' and 'The Cast',  who were getting the audience ready for the headliners of the evening 'Status Quo'

'Status Quo' hit the stage at 9:30 to perform to the festival goers, filling out the 'Big Top', and leaving fans to listen from the sidelines, filling the area around the Big top, creating some members of the audience to suggest they should have opened up on the main stage as the sound was distorted by the carnival in the background. 'Status Quo' performed songs such as ‘Down, Down’, ‘Caroline’, 'In the army now’ and 'Rocking all over the world’ Starting the festive antics with a powerful and electric performance, the audience roared in excitement  which created a great atmosphere that thrived over the weekend at Isle of Wight Festival 2016; lining the stomach for the acts that will be hitting the stage in the days to come.

Friday was the first official opening of the main stage with performances from bands such as 'Reverend and the makers''Busted' and 'Everything Everything'. Just many of a great line up.


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Charlie Simpson and Matt Willis share a joke as Busted perform on the main stage on Friday 'Busted' took us back the noughties performing hits such as ‘what I go to school for’'Air hostess’, 'Crashed the wedding’, and ending the performance with ‘Year 3000’. This was a nostalgic performance, creating a great atmosphere through the field as people interacted with the band and danced like no one was watching.

They were followed by 'Jess Glynne' a British female artist, Who took the crowd on a powerful journey opening up with ‘don’t be so hard on yourself’, and performing hits from her latest album such as ‘Hold my hand’'Real love' and ‘Take me home’ her vocals were flawless and her performance created a stamp on how the evening would continue. 

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For me the performers of the night were ‘Stereophonics', the crowd were waiting in anticipation as the welsh boys were getting ready to come on and perform to thousands of fans across the isle of wight, the weather was holding out and the sky was drawing in and they arrived, the crowd went wild and the anticipation was over, 'Kelly Jones' has such stage presence that captured and got the crowd to their feet, performing songs such as ‘Handbags and Gladrags’'Have a nice day’, 'local boy in a photograph’ and ‘A thousand trees’ hit after hit just blaring from the stage, getting better and better and each song bringing the audience to life. They ended with 'Dakota' getting the crowd to join in and get crazy for one last hit of the night before introducing their co-headliners 'Faithless'. 

'Faithless' closed the night with and electric performance, performing hit such as ‘God is a DJ'‘insomnia’ and ‘Fatty Boo’ just closing the night in the right way, Lights, good music and dancing all you needed was the glow sticks and you were set, this got the crowd ready for the rest of the weekend, for the acts to follow.

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Saturday brought many artists to ‘The Big Top’ and ‘The Main Stage’ the festival was picking up and the bands were getting ready to perform for the many crowds surrounding them today. 

The ‘Big Top’ seen many artists such as the ‘Simon Townsend’, ‘The Damned’ and ‘Pendulum’ perform throughout the day, Two artists stood out for me the most ‘Bang Bang Romeo’ and ‘Adam Ant’.  'Bang Bang Romeo’ performed at the Isle of wight 2015 on the 'Jack Rocks Stage', they were invited back and given a space on the 'Big Top'stage for 2016, they gave a dynamic and creative performance, the Vocals were powerful and edgy, which created the atmosphere of their music and got the audience supporting the Yorkshire based band, performing songs such as ‘Chemical’, ‘Johannesburg’ and their new release ‘Invitation’.

The legendary ‘Adam Ant’ gave an eccentric performance, performing songs such as ‘Kings or the wild frontier’‘Dog eat Dog’, ‘Stand and Deliver’  and ‘Goody two shoes’. He bought the eighties to the festival, giving the crowd quirky and stand alone performance.  To Help bring awareness Spandau Ballets 'Gary Kemp' and The Corrs 'Andrea Corr',  performed 'Starman’ in a touching tribute to the late 'David Bowie’ for Stand up for cancer who are raising awareness and supporting those who have been affected by cancer. At 3:45 there was a short video celebrating 'David Bowie's’ Life and capturing hundreds of fans, bringing awareness for the course, by wearing 'David Bowie’ masks and posing for a picture on the MainStage.

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The MainStage gave the crowd artists from ‘The Kills’,‘Turin Brakes’‘Alabama 3’ and ‘Polly Money’ warming up the audience for the headliners of the evening ‘The Who”.  Before 'The Who’ we had some amazing acts perform ‘Iggy Pop’ hit the stage his character larger than life and his movements creating an interesting view as he performed hits such as 'Wild Thing’, ‘Sweet 16’ and ‘Passenger’ the audience joined through the performance creating an atmosphere that leads on to the next performer to grace us with his presenc 'Richard Ashcroft’ performed songs from his album ‘Urban Hymns’ performing songs such as ‘Out of my body’‘Breaking the night with colour’ and two new ones ‘Hold on’ and ‘This is how it feels’ whilst performing classic such as ‘The drugs don’t work' and ending with the classic ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ the audience went crazy for this and it was an amazing way to introduce ‘The Who’.

'The Who’ headlined the isle of wight on Saturday night performing to a verity of individuals, people who have been following them since the sixties and the younger generation who has been influenced by their music from their parents of even their grandparents. ‘Peter Townsend’ and 'Roger Daltery’ performed for over 2 hours, performing hits such as ‘My generation’‘Behind blue eyes’, ‘The Kids are alright’ and ‘Pinball Wizard’. They opened up the show with “who are you’ getting the crowd worked up and ready for the night ahead.  After 5 decades of being together they still can put together a great live performance, even though at times there were moments of strain In ‘Roger Daltery’s’ voice but this overcame by the commitment to the performance, by showing that he still could hit those high notes in the song 'love reign O'er me’, put those moments of strain behind the crowd the ended a night with a high. 

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Sunday was the Day to celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday but not only celebrate one 'Queen', but to celebrate legend we know as ‘Queen’ the one and only 'Freddie Mercury’. With 'Queen with Adam Lambert' Headlining the final show of the weekend. The show everyone has been waiting for. 

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On the Sunday 'The big Top’ welcomed artists such as ‘The Novatones’, ‘The Carnaby's’, ‘Reef' and ‘The Second Sons’.  The Big Top was closed by the Welsh band known as  ‘Feeder' after 'Queen' had closed the MainStage, ‘Feeder' performed songs such as ‘Buck Rogers’‘Just the way I am feeling’ and ‘Just a day’ bringing the audience that was  already buzzing to their feet, dancing and bouncing around the tent intertwining and celebrating the end of an amazing festival. Their performance was electrifying, loud and on point. A fab close to a fantastic day.  The Main Stage was warming up and bring the sunshine out, acts such as ‘Twin Atlantic’‘Half Moon Run’  and ‘The Cribs’ performed alongside Former ‘Genesis' 'Mike Rutherford’ 

With the band ‘Mike and the Mechanics’ performing some of the classics from ‘Genesis’ ‘I can’t dance’ and 'Land of confusion’ bringing the sun out with every song, the crowd building up and joining the band on a sunny but yet cloudy day. This was a great way to start the Sunday line up for me. 'Ocean Colour Scene’ set of the evening with ‘Hundred Mile  High City’ bringing the audience to their feet, one hit after another ‘The RiverboatSong’‘The day we caught the train’ and ‘You’ve got it bad’ this got people pumping and ready, even with the rain this did not stop the crowd  from jumping up and down and enjoying themselves at the Isle of wight festival. 

Now that we were warmed up, rained on and waiting in anticipation…. 'Queen' was about to come on, the music starts and the crowd roars, the field was packed to the edges, from everyone finding their perfect spot, so they could enjoy the celebrate the life and legend of 'Freddie Mercury'captured through the Vocals of 'Adam Lambert'. This is the closest we will ever get to seeing Queen as a whole, 'Brian May''Roger Taylor' and the flamboyant singer 'Mr Lambert''Lambert' from the start made it known that he was not there to replace 'Freddie Mercury' as no-one could, but to bring the songs that were once created and performed by a legend to life, and to honour and celebrate his life. With Rock Legends 'May' and 'Taylor'.  'Lambert' captivated the audience with his outgoing and eccentric performance, starting the night off with ‘One Vision’ and from their belting out hit after hit such as, ‘Fat Bottom Girls’‘Another One bites the dust’, ‘I want to break free’ ‘Don’t stop me now’ and ‘Somebody to Love’.  Whilst Performing ‘Lambert’ dedicated a song to the Victims of the Orlando shooting and anyone affected by acts of terrorism, he performed a beautiful and heart warming version of ‘Who wants to live forever’'Brian May’ Performs ‘Love of my life’ asking the audience to join in, dedicating this song to the late 'Freddie Mercury', at the end of the performance a video Clip of ‘Freddie Mercury’ finishing the song to the audience is introduced. This is closest that we would come to witnessing the Legend Perform. This was used in one more song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ using ‘Lambert’ and Clips of ‘Mercury’ to perform parts of the song to the crowd. This was done just right, not overdone but capturing the man that helped to build such great Anthems.  The crowd joined in for every song and captured every moment together ‘Radio Ga Ga’ was a highlight of my evening everyone in the audience clapping and creating that moment When they sing “Radio Ga Ga ( Two Claps) Radio Go Go" and the audience clap in the middle , that for me was epic and immense, it is something I have always wanted to be involved in and now I can tick this moment of my bucket list.   They Finished the show with such power and energy that we were still buzzing even when they were no longer on, They performed ‘We Will Rock you’ and ‘We are the Champions’ Everyone joined in sang their hearts out and enjoyed the show-stopping, breathtaking band of the weekend, they truly finished with a Bang. 

A Show turning event for the Isle of Wight festival 2016!

Daughter, The Kills and more added to Finland’s Flow Festival

Adding even more sensational names to the bursting lineup of gamechangers and cultural leaders Flow Festival Helsinki has announced even more names to their unparalleled weekend in Europe’s capital of cool.
Dr Dre protege Anderson .Paak stands as one of the most talented musicians to emerge in the past few years, with a multi-instrumentalist styling that has drawn plaudits from critics and fans alike. Recent LP “Malibu” was a decadent blend of soulful jazz, broad and intimate in equal measure, and expect such musical soundscapes to captivate the Flow Festival Helsinki crowd this August. He’ll be joined on the lineup by the chilling emotional refrains of Daughter and their sonical tales of heartbreak and longing. Second studio album “Not To Disappear” was yet another step-up for the British trio, and their untouchable live show will be triggering heartstrings and goosebumps in the Finnish capital. 
Also joining the lineup today is uncompromising indie duo The Kills who have systematically remained independent and innovative over their 15 year career. With an anticipated new album “Ash & Ice” dropping in June, expect a blend of classics and fiery new cuts from the most stylish duo in British rock. With further announced performances from Washington hip-hop starlet Goldlink and one of the most in-demand producers on the planet Arca (DJ Set)Flow Festival Helsinki has once again stepped up with dazzling additions to this year’s event.
Announced today is the day-by-day musical programme for the Finnish bash, with each day packed to the rafters with sensational talent, unique musicianship and genre-defying performances that is set to secure Flow Festival Helsinki as the ultimate epicentre of culture, music and the arts across the European festival scene.
3-Day festival tickets start from €175, whilst day ticket prices start from €93, with further ticket information and packages available from the Flow Festival Helsinki official website.
Massive Attack & Young Fathers (UK)
Iggy Pop (US)
Jamie xx (UK)
Four Tet (UK)
Sleaford Mods (UK)
Lil B (US)
Stormzy (UK)
Ben Klock (DE)
Phuture live (DJ Pierre & Spanky) (US)
The Black Madonna (US)
Roman Flügel (DE)
Paula Temple (UK)
Ata Kak (GH)
Eevil Stöö (FI)
Raappana & New Riddim Crew (FI)
Jaakko Eino Kalevi (FI)
View (FI)
Mikko Joensuu (FI)
The Last Shadow Puppets (UK)
M83 (FR)
Chvrches (UK)
The Kills (UK/US)
Hercules & Love Affair (US)
Floating Points (live) (UK)
GoldLink (US)
Wooden Wisdom (US/UK)
Holly Herndon (US)
Jeff Mills (US)
Oscar Mulero (ES)
Voices From The Lake (IT)
Liima (DK/FI)
Rooxx (FI)
Ronya (FI)
Röyhkä/Inginmaa/Hypnomen (FI)
Sia (AU)
New Order (UK)
Descendents (US)
Daughter (UK) 
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals (US) 
Kamasi Washington (US)
Thundercat (US)
Thee Oh Sees (US)
Arca (DJ set) (VE)
John Talabot (DJ set) (ES)
Pantha Du Prince presents The Triad (DE)
Shackleton presents: Powerplant (UK)
J. Karjalainen (FI)
Death Hawks (FI)
Räjäyttäjät (FI)
Khid (FI)
Venior (FI)

The Cribs, The Kills and more added to Isle of Wight Festival 2016 lineup

The Isle of Wight Festival today announces five acts for the 2016 festival, taking place 9-12th June at Seaclose Park. Joining the line up are returning indie brothers The Cribs, rock’n’roll duo The Kills, Britpop alumni Ocean Colour Scene, legendary rockers Status Quo and festival favourites Mike + The Mechanics.

Queen + Adam Lambert, Stereophonics and Faithless will all perform across the weekend along with Iggy Pop, Twin Atlantic, Busted, Jess Glynne, Sigma and The Corrs at what is the first festival of the Summer – weekend tickets are available now

Renowned for their energetic brand of indie-rock, The Cribs released their sixth album ‘For All My Sisters’ last March which peaked at Number Nine in the UK Charts. In the year of their 10th anniversary the band were honoured with the ‘Spirit of Independence’ award at the Q Awards and ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ at the annual NME Awards.

Comprised of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, The Kills have been described as rock ’n ’roll’s best-kept secret. Together the duo have released four critically acclaimed albums, including the 2011 release  'Blood Pressures’ which reached the Top 40 in both the US and UK. The band will be playing US shows including Coachella Festival in April.

Ocean Colour Scene will be returning to the festival for the first time since they wowed crowds in 2010. Following a sold out tour in January to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their ‘Moseley Shoals’ album, the band will be performing this classic release at The Isle of Wight Festival in its entirety. ‘Moseley Shoals’ is just one of three of the band’s albums which reached the Top Five in the Official Charts and contributed to their nine successive Top 20 hit singles.

One of Britain’s best loved rock bands Status Quo will be performing classic hits such as ‘Whatever You Want’ and ‘Down Down’ in a special performance which will be one of the last opportunities to see the band in their full set up following a recent announcement that after 2016 they will be hanging up their electric guitars for good.

Isle of Wight Festival veterans Mike + The Mechanics will once again be delighting crowds with hits such as ‘Over My Shoulder’ and ‘All I Need Is a Miracle’. Genesis founding member Mike Rutherford will be joined by one of the UK’s most prolific R&B singers Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar, who has previously toured with the likes of Rod Stewart and Paulo Nutini. 

The Kills and Calexico set for Paredes de Coura

On the 16th of August, The Kills, formed by the duo Jamie Hince / Alison Mosshart, will be back to the stage where the band made their Poruguese live debut. The brand new album under their belt, “Blood Pressures”, is being described by Hince as “an album about relationships”, so a very intense show is expected – also because Mosshart declared “I have to play this album live to understand its real meaning”.

The seducing dynamic in The Kills’ albums is formed by complicity and discord. The pair challenge each other in an everlasting “battle of the sexes” that takes another dimension on the live arena. The Kills shows are always a very special moment with the audience where the physical barrier of the stage vanishes. We will witness this at Vodafone Paredes de Coura.

To play on 17th of August, the performance of Joey Burn and John Convertino’s band, Calexico, has been confirmed. The band has lots of new stuff to show to the Portuguese audience after not having performed in the country for a long time. Joey Burn told the Metro journalist (and bloger at Aqueles dias de paródia) Bruno Martins: “We’ve never played in a Portuguese festival before, but we’d really love to play one that takes place in the North… Vodafone Paredes de Coura”. Their last album “Algiers” confirms the band as the makers of their own sound, out of any musical style or scene. A soundtrack to the torrid and dusty landscape where North America and Mexico meet and ignore frontiers. There is country, mariachis, meditation, party in Calexico’s music.

In the recording of “Algiers” Calexico searched for new frontiers just to overcome them: They moved to New Orleans. And there, they discovered Haiti, Cuba and Africa, bringing them to the album. After two decades as a band, Calexico is now revitalised, even with more freedom. something worth on (re)discovering at Vodafone Paredes de Coura.

The Kills and Imelda May set for Hard Rock Calling

Fronted by Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart, bluesy-rock duo The Kills are jetting in fresh from their US tour to perform an incredible set for the crowds at Hard Rock Calling. With four studio albums under their belt, including their latest release Blood Pressures, The Kills gained critical acclaim and a cult following on both sides of the Atlantic. They join headliners The Killers in that promises to be a line up to die for at HardRock Calling. 
Imelda MayAlso confirmed is the fantastic rockabilly-jazz queen Imelda May, who will headline the Pepsi Max stage on Saturday 25 June.With her quirky andunique style and sound, Londoner Imelda May is another great addition to a stellar lineup.
Now in its sixth consecutive year, Hard Rock Calling has fully established itself as one of the UK’s premier outdoor music events.Produced by Live Nation and presented by Hard Rock International, Hard Rock Calling is a unique and historic musical event with a main stage, second stage and many surprises in store for fans of all ages.
This year’s headliners include The Killers on Friday 24 June, Grammy-Award winning rockers Bon Jovi on Saturday 25 June, and living legend Rod Stewart will headline Sunday 26 June with rock ‘n’ roll queen Stevie Nicks as special guest. The festival will also include a variety of attractions to be announced at a later date.