06.15.2008 - 2008-06-15 NEWPORT (IOW): Isle of Wight Festival / Fireworks and Sting bring the festival to a close...
Fireworks and The Police marked a spectacular end to the Isle of Wight Festival tonight.
The supergroup closed the festival with an hour and a half set in front of a crowd of 55,000.
Sting and the boys played a string of hits from 'Message in a Bottle' to 'Every Breath You Take' from the stage at Seaclose Park, Newport.
The performance brought to an end the three-day music extravaganza.
Earlier the crowd had seen performances by The Kooks, Scouting for Girls,and Newton Faulkner, who received a standing ovation for his cover of the Queen classic Bohemian Rhapsody
Southampton's own Delays were also among today's line up.
Last night The Sex Pistols brought their raucous punk to the 55,000 festival-goers who had turned out to see them top a bill which included The Zutons, Ian Brown, Kate Nash and Amy Macdonald.
The thousands who wore 30th anniversary Sex Pistols T-shirts were delighted the band included some old classics in their headline set.
'Anarchy in the UK' went down a storm among some new festival goers who had clearly turned up just to see their idols perform a rare gig courtesy of Isle of Wight Festival organiser and miracle booker John Giddings.
Orange-haired John Lydon was as outrageous as ever as he screamed and shouted in what had to be the loudest set of the weekend.
Many missed the start of the set though, as they struggled to reach the main stage after watching Sugababes' encore on the new big top stage.
Friday night got under way with a rousing headline performance from indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs who didn't let the fact their equipment had got stuck in a blockade by protesting Spanish lorry drivers spoil their fun.
They hired some new kit and got on with the show, with frontman Ricky Wilson belting out hits including 'Ruby', 'I Predict a Riot' and 'Everyday I Love You Less and Less'.
Other highlights from included sets from KT Tunstall, The Hoosiers and The Wombats.
© The Daily Echo by Lorelei Reddin