There was some debate amongst our party as to which year Muse had previously played at the Isle of Wight Festival. Of course we could have settled the debate with three seconds on a smartphone, but where's the fun in that?
I was convinced that they hadn't played the same year as the Rolling Stones. I put the Rolling Stones as 2008 and Muse as 2007. It turns out I was wrong and they were on the same bill together in 2007.
We concluded it was a) an excellent double bill and b) long enough ago to make us feel old.
Muse are one of those bands which I was a big fan of based on their first two or three albums and then lost track over the years. Foo Fighters are in the same category.
As it happens, it was their later stuff which really stood out in a stonking set including Will Of The People and Won't Stand Down. The joyous racket was helped along with bursts of fire, streamers which flew in the wrong direction, fireworks and a huge stage prop.
Most prominent was a creepy mask which filled the stage and must have been 15 metres tall. Once the tour is over, I would like to see it donated to Blackgang Chine to live amongst the dinosaurs in Restricted Area 5.
The other big event on Sunday in my book was the return/homecoming of Wet Leg. It wasn't their first Isle of Wight Festival but it was their first since their debut album reached number one in the charts.
The local heroes' Big Top set included Angelica, Wet Dream, Ur Mum and Chaise Longue.
Other highlights for me on Sunday were the Charlatans, half of Rudimental and a portion of skin on fries with a well above-average barbecue sauce.
Anyway, it seems a good time to thank everyone who made the Isle of Wight Festival 2022 happen.
Thanks to the team who work all year round to make the Isle of Wight a more interesting place, thanks to the stewards who told us we could jump the queue when they could see our kids were struggling in the heat and thanks to Mrs Guru for babysitting so I could watch Muse.
I'm sure there are others, but I'll save a few for next year.
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