The late David Bowie was given a legendary memorial at last weekends Isle of Wight festival. Bowie’s passing back in January came as a huge shock to fans and the music community as a whole but he was fondly remembered yesterday at the venue at which he played his last ever UK show back in 2004.
Thousands of crowd members in the 60’000 capacity festival could be seen wearing masks of Bowie’s face from the iconic ‘Aladdin Sane’ album cover, which were sold to raise money for the Stand Up To Cancer charity. The memorial was led with a message from comedian Jack Whitehall and concluded with a mass sing along of Bowie hits ‘Rebel Rebel’, ‘All The Young Dudes’ and ‘Heroes’ accompanied by clips of his 2004 performance at the festival.
There was also a fitting tribute to the great man on the main stage from The Corr’s singer Andrea Corr and Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp who entertained fans with a brilliant rendition of ‘Starman’.
Bowies former agent and festival organiser John Giddings gave an introductory speech for the tribute and described Bowie as a ‘true friend to the festival’. There was also a Bowie themed bar named ‘Black Star’ after the artists most recent album which was decorated with some of Bowie’s most iconic pictures.
Bowie’s was not the only musical tribute at the festival. Queen and Adam Lambert closed the festival on Sunday night and dedicated the song ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’ to the victims of the recent shootings in Orlando, Florida. Lambert opened the song by saying: “This song is dedicated to those who lost their lives in Orlando, Florida, and anyone who has been a victim of senseless violence or hatred.”
The festival also included excellent performances from The Who, Busted, Jess Glynne, The Stereophonics and dance act Faithless.