Posted On Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 08:17:12 AM
1. Still the boss: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band had the crowd thrilled and nostalgic as they closed the festival
2. Mud ISland: Festival-goers had to trudge through inches of mud after rains played spoilsport throughout
Torrential rain and kilometres of mud are no match for those who worship the rock-n-roll powerhouse that is Bruce Springsteen. 55,000 revellers who showed up for the Isle of Wight festical had to leave their cars and trudge through knee-deep slush to get to the festival site, but most agreed it was worth it as they swayed to the tunes of the Boss, Eddie Vedder and Tom Petty.
1. Jammin’ it up: Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam headlined the festival on Day 3
2. Heartbreaker: Tom Petty staged a singalong that had a thousand voiced raised in the chorus of ‘Freefallin’
Friday, June 22
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Noah and the
Saturday, June 23
Big Country feat Elizabeth
McGovern James Walsh
Sunday, June 24
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Band of Skulls
Top five moments
5 Tinie Tempah choreography
The UK rapper and all-round good guy got the whole crowd to get down low to the mud-sodden floor, before commanding them to all jump as high as they could in a mass leap-athon.
4 Bruce Springsteen’s trio of hits
During an epic set of almost three hours, The Boss threw in a heavenly trio of back-to-back hits — Born in the USA and Born To Run with the brilliant Dancing in the Dark proving the icing on the cake. What a way to end the festival.
3 Free cider
Strongbow is getting in on the act, with a new pear flavour, of which they were giving out free samples to the festival hordes. Smart move.
2 Jessie J’s jeans
It basically look like her stylist cut a great big chunk out of the front to show off Miss J's sexy knees or something.
Whether you love them or hate them, you’ve got to admire her fashion courage.
1 Tom Petty’s mass sing along
As one of his solo songs, it was never a shoo-in for the set, but a grinning Tom Petty and his band of Heartbreakers burst into the iconic Free Fallin during their two-hour main stage set.
Arms punched the air and feet were stamped as at least 80% of the crowd joined in with the chorus... ‘cos we're freeeeeeeeee, free fallin’’.