Red Arrows give festival send-off

Red Arrows give festival send-off

The Red Arrows display team flying above the Isle of Wight Festival

Brett Anderson of Suede performing on the Main Stage

US rockers Kings of Leon will close the Isle of Wight festival, the first of the summer's major music festivals

Festival goers during the Isle of Wight Festival in Newport, the first of the summer's big music festivals (AP)

Anthony Kiedis of The Red Hot Chili Peppers performs at the Isle of Wight Festival in Newport (AP)

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The Red Arrows made a surprise visit to the Isle of Wight festival, which was brought to a close by American rockers Kings of Leon.

The four-day festival ended with a spectacular fireworks display once the Tennessee band had delivered a memorable performance to 50,000 revellers.

They played a 90-minute set of their greatest hits including Use Somebody and Wait for Me, before ending with the multi-million selling Sex on Fire.

The first of the summer's major music festivals saw fellow Scots Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris also headline the main stage on Friday.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined yesterday, playing their only UK show this year and their first festival in this country since 2007.

Moments before Fall Out Boy took to the main stage today, the crowd were given an unannounced 20-minute display by the Red Arrows over Seaclose Park, Newport.

Other acts who also played on the final day included Suede, Passenger, The Horrors, Travis and Ella Eyre.

John Giddings, festival promoter, said: "I can't believe how well it has gone this weekend. The weather has held, we've had the hottest day of the year.

"And some fantastic acts. The Chili Peppers last night were extraordinary.

"Their energy was incredible.

"It's been a wonderful weekend and I can't thank everybody enough for making it happen. It's gone more to plan than I expected to be honest.

"People think it's a much bigger event even though it's the same size with just more going on. Even though we lost in the football, people still had a good time."

Mr Giddings said the good weather may have led to fewer reported crimes during this year's festival, now in its 13th year, than in recent years.

Mr Giddings added: "We've had very few thefts. Our audience respect each other and enjoy coming here and camping. They're civilised and don't want to do bad things to each other. I've already been talking to people about next year's festival but I don't want to tempt fate, so won't say anything just now."

A spokesman for Hampshire Police said earlier today: "Crime is down as the temperatures are up. There have been fewer crimes in all areas. So far the event plan and policing operation has been successful."

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