70,000 enjoy music festival revival

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 13 19:42:10 CDT 2004

>From Ananova at:

70,000 enjoy music festival revival 

More than 70,000 music lovers lapped up the sunshine
as they listened to The Who and David Bowie at the
revived Isle of Wight Festival.

As well as the music, the recreation ground site at
Newport was crammed with people wearing England
football shirts and waving the St George's Cross in
support of the national team's match tonight against
France in Euro 2004. The game was being screened from
the main stage between acts.

The highlight for many at the festival was The Who,
who thrilled the crowd with a selection of their
greatest hits in a two-hour performance last night
which was a throwback to the band's legendary
performance in 1970 - the last of the original Isle of
Wight Festivals.

Speaking in an interview with Virgin Radio, The Who
frontman Roger Daltrey spoke of his nerves at being
able to live up to the expectations of their many fans
at the festival.

He said: "You always doubt your ability because you
never really succeed in doing what you want to do and
that's why I keep coming back."

Bowie was closing the event.

Other newer bands taking to the stage during the
three-day event were Snow Patrol, Jet and 22-20s as
well as established names such as Stereophonics and
Manic Street Preachers.

The Isle of Wight Festivals at the end of the 1960s
were a series of legendary events featuring Bob Dylan,
The Who, Free, The Doors, Joni Mitchell and Jefferson
Airplane culminating in 1970 with 600,000 hippies
descending on the island to see Jimi Hendrix perform
his penultimate concert.

As documented in the film Message to Love and
celebrated in songs such as Oasis's F***ing in the
Bushes, the festival has entered music history and was
heralded as the European answer to Woodstock.

-Brian in Atlanta
The Who This Month!

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