HEADLINING the final night of the festival, Biffy Clyro charged onto the stage with their signature brand of sweaty Scottish rock.

Their set was full of pyrotechnics and distorted guitars — huge fireballs exploded into the sky, lighting up the sea of people before the Main Stage.

Frontman Simon Neil, wild-eyed and shirtless, smudged blood from a bleeding nose across his face as he howled into the microphone in what was one of the heaviest sets of the festival.

A torrent of guitar, bass and drums exploded out of the amplifiers, matched only by the fireworks that burst overhead at the end of the set.

Playing all the crowd-pleasing hard rock hits, including Wolves of Winter, Black Chandelier, Mountains and Bubbles, Biffy's barrage of of heavy hits was punctuated with a few quieter numbers — but not many.

Richard Ashcroft played half a set of acoustic numbers before his band came on. It was a brave move, but he pulled it off with his drawling, eyes-half-closed swagger.

At the climax of The Drugs Don't Work, his band crashed into existence to finish the set with a series of driving rock anthems, including The Verve's Bitter Sweet Symphony.

There was huge disappointment for Jess Glynne fans, especially among the children who had turned out on Sunday specially to see her, when it was announced she would not be appearing.

The star cited exhaustion as her reason for not appearing on stage, and it was left to festival organiser John Giddings to break the bad news to an expectant crowd, just as the show was due to start.

Always a big draw, everyone went wild for Madness, with the obligatory ska moves starting as soon as the opening bars of One Step Beyond began.

They played a set packed with their many hits, including Baggy Trousers, Our House and It Must Be Love.

Cool Norwegian singer Sigrid had her audience in the palm of her hands as she commanded the stage in a confident performance.

Her biggest UK hit, Strangers, was a highlight. When she went into her final song, Don't Feel Like Crying, the plug had been pulled on her sound, but she carried on as it was swiftly restored.

Brits breakthrough act Tom Walker put on a thoroughly professional show complete with slick set and an impressive band — and played the majority of his debut album What a Time to be Alive.

The crowd went wild for his big voice and big hits Just You and I, and Leave a Light On.

There was an early wake-up call for festival-goers when Bjorn Again burst on to the stage — welcoming a huge crowd who had turned out for the Abba hits.

The Australian tribute band didn't disappoint and ran through all the favourites, finishing with Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen.

Over in the Big Top, Keane rounded off the day's line-up. Being such a popular headliner, not all fans were lucky enough to get inside the tent to hear all the hits, beautifully sung as always by Tom Chaplin.

They were preceded by Dermot Kennedy, a major player on streaming platforms whose bold voice has captivated fans, and retro-rock band The Coral, best-known for their tracks In The Morning and Pass It On.

Bristol punks IDLES gave a typically snarling, spitting performance featuring Samaritans, Mother and I'm Scum, before mashing their track Love Song into Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Compares 2U.

Wearing only a pair of Moschino pants, and drenched in sweat, guitarist Lee Kiernan threw himself into the crowd, while singer Joe Talbot raged: "The best way to scare a Tory is to read and get rich."

Festival stalwarts Starsailor stepped in late to cover a Big Top slot, and were rewarded by a huge turnout of loyal fans.

Lead singer James Walsh told us: "I love the IW Festival, it's a real cross-generational festival that appeals to all age groups which gives it an edge and something different.

"And being on an Island makes everyone feel like they are on holiday."

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