As for the weekend at the Isle of Wight Music Festival - well what can I say!!!!
Friday started OK - music not bad, Mr Hudson was very good as were the Doves, but Florence and the Machine were disappointing and we didn't stay to watch Jay-Z (not our style of music) but apparently he was very good. We finished off by going to see Suzie Quatro but didn't stay long, she didn't seem to have her old spark.
Saturday improved greatly. A new band (to us) we liked were Detroit Social Club. Old 60's and 70's star Melanie was accompanied by her son and daughter and was great, even though I didn't listen to alot of her stuff when I was younger (showing my age here!!). Paloma faith was just amazing - love her voice and she did a good show. Vampire Weekend were really good to listen to - I enjoyed their Paul Simon Graceland's style. Biffy Cliro were a real rock band and I enjoyed listening to them too. Debby Harry of Blondie still has all the old sex appeal and rocked the crowd with well known favourites.
On Sunday we saw a band called the Coronas that were quite good, Suzanne Vega was not a crowd puller, the Courteeners were good as were Friendly Fires. Then came Spandau Ballet, Yvonne and I got quite near the front to watch them and they were brilliant - just loved by the audience and got a real rousing welcome from everyone. Their old favourites True and Gold were sung really loudly by the crowd. The Editors were next and Ken like listening to them. But the last 2 acts stole the whole weekend. PINK was just amazing - what a show and what a voice. She wowed the crowd with her entrance - lifted in a box by a crane over the roof of the stage and then dropped from a great height to the floor. The theme of carnival fitted it beautifully and she had the whole place enthralled the whole time. For her finale she was in a waist hoist and soared and tumbled above the crowd to the excitement of everyone. How could Paul McCartney follow that??? We thought it would be impossible. But we thought wrong. He too was just amazing, singing old Beatles numbers, songs from Wings, ballads, pop and rock. He played numerous guitars and the piano and nearly lost his voice towards the end. His stage set with background films and graphics were very poignant at times with John Lennon and George Harrison part of them, he also referred to them a great deal. The crowd just loved Paul and the band and the age range was incredible from the real youngsters to us oldies (and older still). Everyone stood and sang with him and he did 3 encores - it seemed no-one wanted it to finish and he played for over 2 hours. What an end to the weekend. The weather was brilliant until we went home and then it started to rain, but once in the car and on our way to the ferry and then home it really didn't matter. Although I must say I felt sorry for those who were camping. So if you fancy joining us next year, we shall be going again, it would be lovely to see you.
I will try and post some photos when I get a chance. Also have a look at the Absolute Radio web site to see and hear music and interviews - you'll hear us all singing along with the stars.
Take care, enjoy what you are doing.