Review: Manic Street Preachers at the Isle of Wight Festival

Review: Manic Street Preachers at the Isle of Wight Festival

The Manic Street Preachers treated an adoring crowd to an enigmatic performance as the sun began to lower in the sky, creating a beautiful, fiery backdrop for their one hour set. 

The crowd reacted ecstatically to James Bradfield’s first blasé interaction of ‘How the fuck are you?’ leading into their third song, You Stole The Sun from My Heart. 

The songs were played on a backdrop of quotes or lyrics in bold type, adding another dimension of interaction to the performance. 

At one point Bradfield shouted, ‘We’re gonna warm you up for The Killers!’, which sparked another wave of exhilarated cheering from the ever-growing masses gathering at the main stage.

They were soon joining in with songs such as Everything Must Go and Your Love Is Not Enough, with the Manics also fitting in a cover of The Cure’s In Between Days

The set was packed with classics that had everyone dancing and singing along, plus a few tracks from the newest album, which made the more hard-core fans stick out from the rest. 

The final two songs, Tsunami and A Design for Life, were perfect to finish on and, as Bradfield had promised, left everyone well warmed up for The Killers. 

Words by Libby Madell

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