Springsteen shows who's boss

By Lorraine Parker

Published on Monday, June 25, 2012 - 00:33


Springsteen shows who's boss

Bruce Springsteen closing the Isle of Wight Festival tonight. Picture by Jennifer Burton


BRUCE Springsteen tonight (Sunday) brought the curtain down on the Isle of Wight Festival in what could well have been the best show the Island has ever seen.

The Boss guided festival goers on a comprehensive tour of his career, performing tracks old and new with immense showmanship and audience interaction like no other.

Hits like Born to Run, Born in the USA and Dancing in the Dark were left until the latter part of his marathon set, which was concluded by a spectacular firework display to the tune of Twist and Shout.

His stellar performance was preceded by an hour-long set from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, who were playing their first ever festival.

As well as hits from their self-titled album, like What A Life and If I Had A Gun, the band performed a handful of Oasis tracks, including Little By Little and Don't Look Back in Anger, much to the appreciation of the crowd.

During the finale, a missle flare was hurled onto the stage from the crowd but the band played on and the flare was dealt with by security.

Other artistes performing on the main stage today (Sunday) included The Vaccines, Southampton's Band of Skulls, Joan Armatrading and Island band Naked Fridays. 

See the latest video report from WIGHTvid's Joe Briscoe below:


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