The Killers closed the 50th anniversary edition of the Isle of Wight Festival with a force that was absolutely electric.
Throughout their career they have amassed a body of work that makes it hard not to be a fan of the band even if this isn’t normally your type of music. Every song was a belter and the crowd was screaming the words back at the band. It was clear in the face of lead singer Brandon Flowers’ face that even he was overwhelmed with the crowd’s reaction; he didn’t stop smiling throughout the whole set.
For me, this was by far the best performance of the festival and the atmosphere was intoxicating. Fans like me felt as if we were in a dream, dancing and jumping, screaming and singing as loud as we could.
The band looked smart and, more importantly, looked like they were where they belonged: up on stage in front of tens of thousands of people.
One of the best songs of the night was Human; the synth-based introduction gripped everyone and Brandon had the crowd in the palm of his hand.
The night and festival closed with the classic Mr Brightside and a beautiful firework display that created a moving and emotional atmosphere. The whole crowd sang along to every lyric without fail, reminding me how powerful the song is. It was clear that The Killers dominated the festival and were a perfect headlining act for the 50th anniversary.
Words by Beth Ward