The headlining presence of Depeche Mode was a real treat for the 50th anniversary of the Isle of Wight as the band are famously renowned for rarely every playing festivals.
The synth superstars duly delivered a flawless set of material new and old, which really kicked of when the bluesy riff of their 1989 classic Personal Jesus blared across the field.
Front man Dave Gahan had the crowd in the palm of his hands when his iconic baritone voice began to belt out tracks from 1990’s Violator, the album that propelled Depeche Mode to the highest point of their fame.
Even though a Saturday night festival crowd craves the well-known classics that they can groove to, there’s no denying that the new music was just as shiny and polished as their vintage gems.
The highlight of the set was definitely the encore, however, when this legendary Brit band played hit after hit to a fanatic crowd. A lengthy rendition of Just Can’t Get Enough was received with an outpouring of nostalgia-tinged of love, as Gahan channeled his inner Elvis with his deep and stirring delivery.
That classic was followed by another, with Enjoy the Silence tearing through the festival. It was magical sight to behold as the classic lines ‘All I ever wanted, all I ever needed is here in my arms’ were roared in unison over and over until the sound of the last synth fell silent
Words by Megan Thompson