The legendary 2021 Isle of Wight rotation wrapped up this weekend. An unusual title, but so memorable for that. Old hits and new songs made for a great group.
The Isle of Wight Festival is known to like older artists. In recent years, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, and Depeche Mode have already topped the bill. But where these bands have also been seen at Belgian and Dutch events, this has not been the case (yet) with Duran Duran. For a frenetic English festival crowd, the band proved they could do just that.
hits the world
The number of super hits that Duran Duran launched in the 80’s and 90’s is huge. Nine of the band’s sixteen special songs on the Isle of Wight reached the top ten on the UK charts. From “The Reflex” and “Notorious” at the beginning of the group to the closing of “Rio,” the show was one big hit. The song Hungry Like the Wolf, which has racked up the most streams on Spotify, hasn’t even been played.
On top of that, Simon Le Bon’s signature voice still sounds exactly the same as it did 40 years ago, when his first single “Planet Earth” was released. Even the blasts in challenging songs like “Ordinary World” and “Save a Prayer” sounded effortless. The music was supported by two backing vocalists, an additional saxophonist and guitarist, and they were all allowed to seek out the spotlight on a regular basis.
The band also knows that most visitors to the Isle of Wight came primarily for the old songs. Mixing “Girls on Film” (from 1981) with Calvin Harris’ “Bad ’80s” they dealt with that in a funny way. But it wasn’t just the famous songs that stole the show. The new single “Invisible” was a tight opening and the unreleased song “Tonight United” was a true disco highlight. This bodes well for the new album past futureWhich will be released on October 22, 2021.
A show worthy of the headlines
All in all, Duran Duran turned it into an amazing show on the Isle of Wight. During the James Bond soundtrack “A View to a Kill” there was a lot of fireworks and the visuals on the big screen behind the band were well chosen. Young visitors to the Isle of Wight were as excited as the more experienced ones. A typical case of “nice to both your mother and little sister”, but also in the end just for yourself. Hopefully soon he will be liked even closer.
Duran Duran is a New Waves band from Birmingham, England. The group emerged at the dawn of the MTV era in the early 1980s. Singles such as Hungry Like the Wolf, The Reflex, and The Wild Boys soon made four stars in both Europe and the United States. In 1985 they presented the main track of the James Bond movie “A View to a Kill” and it was shown in Live Aid. The band’s last major world hits were “Ordinary World” and “Come Undone” in 1993. However, Duran Duran will return in 2021 with a new album: past future.
Isle of Wight Festival 2021
Between 1968 and 1970, three legendary festivals were held on the Isle of Wight, an island off the southern coast of England. Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and Bob Dylan, among others, were in attendance. Since 2002, the Isle of Wight has once again become a staple in the English festival world, and its special history has certainly not been forgotten. The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen and many more have stepped on the massive main stage over the past 20 years. In 2021, the stars were Liam Gallagher, David Guetta, Snow Patrol, and Doran Duran.
The Isle of Wight 2022 takes place from June 16-19 on the island of the same name in southern England. Early Bird tickets are already on sale.
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