Culture Club: Isle of Wight Festival

Readers review this week's festival

"A phenomenal weekend. Kanye West guesting for Jay-Z was incredible, and Paul McCartney was of course, just brilliant. The Strokes were boring and just went through the motions with no charisma or stage presence to speak of, but their lacklustre display was not enough to in any way taint the rest of the weekend."



Jack Elton-Walters

"There were a lot of style gurus, including Kate Moss and Erin O'Connor, as well as Alexa Chung, looking perfect. How do they do it? Effortless festival chic. Also stylish were Fearne Cotton, Marina Diamonds and Paloma Faith, who also performed. The musical highlights were Jay-Z and The Strokes – but I just felt dumpy in my baggy jeans and flip-flops."

CARO Cotton



"In my opinion, the Isle of Wight's three headliners this year, Jay-Z, The Strokes and Paul McCartney, far outshine those of the UK's premier festival, Glastonbury, who have Gorillaz, Muse and Stevie Wonder topping the bill next week. On the Isle of Wight, the three headliners were fantastic, all putting in energetic performances and giving the crowd the hits they wanted. The trouble lay in the rest of the bill. There were so many comebacks and old-timers, it almost felt like it was the Nineties. Crowded House, Reef and Shakespears Sister are just some of the irrelevant bands that played. But the sun shined all weekend and there were plenty of other current, exciting bands to pick from."

Jenny Crogan



"It was amazing – everything I imagined it would be! Jay-Z was especially good because he was great to listen to and was fantastic fun to dance to, and he also got Mr Hudson on stage to sing a song with him! The Strokes had a great vibe and got everyone going, but I found Calvin Harris a bit repetitive. Blondie was good fun – Debbie Harry talked a lot to the crowd who loved all the old classics. The crowd really got jumping up and down when N-Dubz came on stage. And although I enjoyed watching Florence and the Machine, I thought that Florence was a little bit out of tune. I was expecting great things of Vampire Weekend but I was a bit disappointed because they weren't that easy to dance to. As usual, the toilets were disgusting but not as bad as they were at Latitude a couple of years ago. I was camping in Tangerine Fields, which was a great experience and wasn't that far from the music. But some people were camping miles away and had to walk for ages until they got to the main area. It was an amazing experience and I would like to go back next year!"

Saskia Thorold



"I LOVE The Strokes!!"

WhiteFeather calamity Hunter



"I don't think I have ever had so much fun. The music was brilliant – every song, every mind-blowing artist just got me dancing. One artist that really stood out for me was the man himself, Jay-Z. He had brilliant stage presence and got the crowd wild. I was a bit disappointed by Vampire Weekend. I was very much looking forward to them, but when they sung their songs it was very quiet and out-of-tune. Unfortunately, we had to leave so I missed Paul McCartney and Pink, two acts that would have been great. Blondie were fantastic, and so was a brilliant band that go by the name of N-Dubz – they really whipped the crowd up. The festival itself was full of fun, laughter and some strange, strange outfits!"

jade MARAVIGLIA



Next week in Culture Club: Glee

Please email your views on E4's musical drama series about an American high school musical club to cultureclub@independent.co.uk. The first series had its finale on Monday.

Arts and Entertainment
Blackman: Landscape of children’s literature does not reflect the cultural diversity of young people
booksMalorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Arts and Entertainment
'Eminem's recovery from substance abuse has made him a more potent performer, with physical charisma and energy he never had before'
musicReview: Wembley Stadium ***
Arts and Entertainment
‘Dawn of Planet of the Apes’ also looks set for success in the Chinese market

film
News
Arts and Entertainment
The successful ITV drama Broadchurch starring David Tenant and Olivia Coleman came to an end tonight

tv
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Chocolat author Joanne Harris has spoken about the financial struggles most authors face

books
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from How To Train Your Dragon 2

Review: Imaginative storytelling returns with vigour

film
Arts and Entertainment
Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland and Jena Malone in Mockinjay: Part 1

film
Arts and Entertainment

film
Arts and Entertainment
Characters in the new series are based on real people, say its creators, unlike Arya and Clegane the Dog in ‘Game of Thrones’
tv
Arts and Entertainment
A waxwork of Jane Austen has been unveiled at The Jane Austen Centre in Bath

books
Arts and Entertainment
Britney Spears has been caught singing without Auto-Tune

music
Arts and Entertainment
Unless films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, pictured, can buck the trend, this summer could be the first in 13 years that not a single Hollywood blockbuster takes $300m

tv
Arts and Entertainment
Miley Cyrus has her magic LSD brain stolen in this crazy video produced with The Flaming Lips

music
Arts and Entertainment
Gay icons: Sesame Street's Bert (right) and Ernie

tv
Arts and Entertainment
Singer Robin Thicke and actress Paula Patton

music
Arts and Entertainment
The new film will be shot in the same studios as the Harry Potter films

books
Arts and Entertainment
Duncan Bannatyne left school at 15 and was still penniless at 29

Bannatyne leaves Dragon's Den

TV
Arts and Entertainment
The French economist Thomas Piketty wrote that global inequality has worsened

books
Arts and Entertainment
David Tennant and Benedict Cumberbatch

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Ben Affleck plays a despondent Nick Dunne in David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

film
Arts and Entertainment
Pete Doherty (L) and Carl Barât look at the scene as people begin to be crushed

music
Arts and Entertainment

tv
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

    How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

    A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
    The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    The evolution of Andy Serkis

    First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

    You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

    Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
    Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

    Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

    Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
    Children's books are too white, says Laureate

    Children's books are too white, says Laureate

    Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
    Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

    Blackest is the new black

    Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
    Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

    Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

    The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
    Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

    Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

    From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
    Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

    Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

    Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
    Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

    Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

    When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
    Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

    Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

    The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
    Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

    Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

    The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
    Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

    Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

    Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
    Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

    Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

    The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
    The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

    The Open 2014

    Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?