FRIDAY night at the Isle of Wight Festival was all about the mighty Noel Gallagher.

Opening their Main Stage set with tracks from the new Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds album — Who Built the Moon? — the band played crowd-pleaser What a Life before treating the crowd to Oasis classics including Half the World away, Don’t Look Back in Anger and Wonderwall.

They closed with a cover of The Beatles’ All You Need is Love.

There was a great atmosphere for The Courteeners, who opened for the High Flying Birds.

They followed singer songwriter Lily Allen, who called out audience members for interrupting a minute’s silence for the Grenfell Tower victims and dedicated her song F You to Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Theresa May.

As the sun started to set over Seaclose Park, following an afternoon of welcome sunshine, she played hits including It’s Not Fair, Smile and The Fear.

James were a feel-good highlight of the evening, leading singalongs to Sit Down and Laid and closing their show by bringing audience members on stage for a dance.

Over in the Big Top, there were performances by Sigala and Jax Jones, before the Hacienda Classical brought the house down with club classics played by the Manchester Camerata Choir — plus a guest appearance from Happy Mondays maracas maestro, Bez.

Today’s (Saturday) lineup features KT Tunstall, Rick Astley, George Ezra and Fatboy Slim on the Main Stage, and Yungblud, Miles Kane, Friendly Fires and Garbage in the Big Top.

Away from the main arena, don’t miss the Kashmir Café and Platform One stage to catch top Isle of Wight acts.
 

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