Music fans continued celebrations in the sunshine for The Isle of Wight Festival 2021 (Saturday 18th September 2021) – where the main stage saw crowd pleasing performances from headliners David Guetta and Snow Patrol, alongside Sam Fender, James Arthur, All Saints and more – with Kaiser Chiefs, Example, Ella Henderson and Maximo Park playing on the Big Top.
Channeling the harmonious vibes of the 1970 festival, this year’s theme is “Peace, Love and Understanding”, with music lovers dressing in their colourful rainbow best to commemorate coming together on the island for the historic music festival and two years away from live music. Donna Parkin was announced as the winner of the costume competition, donning a colourful Zippy outfit and crowned at Strawberry Fields. She received an exclusive backstage tour and champagne picnic with a friend.
Indie rockers The K’s brought ferocious rock’n’roll to the early afternoon, with cult singer-songwriter Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly stripping things back. Roachford, fronted by Andrew Roachford MBE, flexed his prowess as he played to a packed out crowd, and Liverpudlian legends Lightning Seeds followed with their energetic Brit pop rock.
One of the best selling girl groups of all time, All Saints played a set of their biggest hits from ‘Black Coffee’, ‘Never Ever’, ‘I Know Where It’s At’ and ‘Rock Steady’ as their children, including Gene Gallagher and Rachel Appleton, watched from the pit. The group closed the set with an emotional ‘Pure Shores’ dedicated to late Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding. Before the set they shared warm embraces from Peter Crouch and Abbey Clancy.
Peter was spotted alongside fellow Isle of Wight Festival VIP Ronan Keating watching pop star James Arthur serenade the crowd with his monumental vocal range and chart hits, followed by Newcastle’s budding force Sam Fender with his poignant indie rock and heartfelt lyricism.
With Hollywood legend Courteney Cox watching from the wings, Scottish-Northern Irish icons Snow Patrol united the crowd with an immense set. Seaclose Park sang every word to their hit ‘Run’ so loudly that you could hear it across the whole festival site.
Internationally acclaimed superstar DJ David Guetta showed off his cross-generational appeal merging enigmatic EDM and house, for a thrilling set featuring pyro and remixes of rock classics including Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’, Guns n Roses ‘Sweet Child O Mine’, and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’. The sky lit up with fireworks as the evening drew to a close.
Kaiser Chiefs, Example, Sam Feldt, Maximo Park, The Manor, Ella Henderson, Stone, Dylan John Thomas and Rebecca Hurn all performed on the Big Top.
Closing The Isle of Wight Festival 2021 tonight will be headliners Duran Duran – with sets also from Razorlight, The Script, Supergrass, Imelda May, Maisie Peters, Megan McKenna, Lawson, Wet Leg and many more.