|Venue||Isle of Wight Festival|
|Tour||The Police Reunion Tour 2007/08|
2008-06-15 NEWPORT (IOW): Isle of Wight Festival / The Police rock the Isle of Wight festival...Setlist
The Police rock the Isle of Wight festival...
|01||Message In A Bottle |
|02||Walking On The Moon |
|03||Demolition Man |
|04||Voices Inside My Head |
|05||When The World Is Running Down |
|06||Don't Stand So Close To Me |
|07||Driven To Tears |
|08||Hole In My Life |
|09||Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic |
|10||Wrapped Around Your Finger |
|11||De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da |
|12||Invisible Sun |
|13||Can't Stand Losing You |
|15||King Of Pain |
|16||So Lonely |
|17||Every Breath You Take |
|18||Next To You |
80s band The Police rocked the Isle Of Wight last night rounding off a three day musical extravaganza in true style.
Sting and Co. were on top form as they wowed the 50,000 plus crowd with classics such as 'Message in Bottle', 'Walking on the Moon', 'Every Little Thing'.
It was the second time Sting has been to the Isle of Wight festival - the first was in 1969, when he stood among the crowd to watch Bob Dylan play.
But last night it was he who took centre stage, and he was calm, cool and collected as the band played their one-and-only UK festival tour date this year.
Sporting a beard and sipping from a mug, the singer hollered out: 'Are you ready to sing?'
The two encores the crowd demanded of him, guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland, proved that they were.
As the bassline of 'Roxanne' and 'Every Breath You Take' boomed out, the atmosphere was nothing less than electric.
© The News (Portsmouth)
2008-06-15 NEWPORT (IOW): Isle of Wight Festival / Isle Of Wight Festival, Seaclose Park, Newport...Isle Of Wight Festival, Seaclose Park, Newport...
The Police close the Isle of Wight festival with 'Roxanne' and 'Every Breath You Take', songs about prostitution and stalking. The Sex Pistols and Stooges add sparks. But too many heavy-selling, lightweight acts mar a lazily amiable weekend.
Kate Nash's low-fi rambles are bolstered by piano assaults, smeared lyrics and briskly unstable rhythms, her gauche promise unspoilt by early success. The Enemy offer small-town comfort, mostly borrowed from The Jam. Newton Faulkner's best-selling busking is modest in every sense, the highlight a solo 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Scouting for Girls enter to Elvis's 'The Wonder of You' and exit with 'Elvis isn't Dead', but otherwise leave the King's memory undisturbed.
Starsailor ruefully introduce 'All the Plans We Make' as "our future No 1", but their mix of delicate depression and swagger has aged well. The Zutons' Dave McCabe, subsidised by Amy Winehouse's version of 'Valerie', now looks like the Seventies LA rock star of his dreams. Ian Brown just looks surly. Apparently pulled off stage the night before, he accuses the crowd of being "jaded" but plays a muffled, distracted set.
Iggy Pop's Stooges won't accept such defeats. '1969' paints the year Dylan played this festival as "filthy", as Iggy lolls, topless, on the piano like an obscene lounge singer. Still the "forgotten boy" of 'Search and Destroy' aged 61, he emits adolescent shrieks and grunts.
The Sex Pistols headline Saturday with Johnny Rotten in striped pyjamas. 'Belsen is a Gas' has its outrage updated as "Baghdad Was a Blast", Rotten offering "Allah be praised" and "Baghdad be razed" as singalongs peter out, appalled. Railing against "poncey homo bands" and peddling an archaic patriotism, his views don't bear close examination. But his ripe, hectoring voice makes you listen.
Sunday's crowd greet second headliners The Kooks' amiable hits so fondly you'd think they were The Police. When drummer Stewart Copeland bangs a gong to introduce the real thing, needless solos stretch pop wonders, while a smiling Sting no longer convinces as the king of pain. But their simplest standard, 'Message in a Bottle', triggers relieved cheers. The lush craft of 'Wrapped Around Your Finger' can only be admired. And even seeing such masterworks half-botched provides a memorable end.
© The Independent by Nick Hasted
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
2008-06-15 NEWPORT (IOW): Isle of Wight Festival / The Police close Isle Wight Festival 2008...The Police close Isle Wight Festival 2008 - Trio play one of their last ever gigs on the island...
The Police have closed the final night of the Isle Of Wight Festival 2008 this evening (June 15).
Playing their one of their final UK appearances as their reunion tour comes to an end - the band only have a handful of shows remaining - Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland played a set that show cased their full career.
Heralding their arrival onstage with a giant gong, the trio launched into 'Message In A Bottle' before one of the biggest crowds of the weekend.
Playing extended versions of classics including 'Walking On The Moon', 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' and 'Driven To Tears', a bearded Sting revealed he had attended the festival once before.
"When I came in 1969 - I was five year's old - to see Bob Dylan I got a lift with a mate from Newcastle," joked the frontman. "Here I am now with The Police."
Later on he asked the audience "are you going to sing?" ensuring the band got one of the loudest sing-a-longs of the weekend throughout their.
Having wrapped their set up with 'Can't Stand Losing You', the trio returned to close the festival with an encore that included 'Roxanne' and 'Every Breath You Take'.
The Police played:
'Message In A Bottle'
'Walking On The Moon'
'Voices' / 'When The World...'
'Don't Stand So Close'
'Driven To Tears'
'Hole In My Life'
'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic'
'Wrapped Around Your Finger'
'De DoDoDo De DaDaDaDa'
'Can't Stand Losing You'
'King Of Pain'
'Every Breath You Take'
'Next To You'
© New Musical Express