Festival goers were treated to four Main Stage headline sets at the Isle of Wight Festival 2016. Stereophonics and Faithless shared the honour on Friday; The Who topped the bill on Saturday night; and Queen + Adam Lambert closed the festival on Sunday.
With its usual mix of big names from the past and present, the Main Stage line-up also featured Everything Everything, Jess Glynne, Busted, Richard Ashcroft, Iggy Pop, The Kills, Ocean Colour Scene, The Cribs, and Mike + the Mechanics.
The Big Top kicked off proceedings on Thursday with sets from Status Quo, Cast, Maxi Jazz and the E-Type Boys and The Dolls. Over the weekend, the stage saw performances from Sigma (live), Joanne Shaw Taylor, Lissie, Gabrielle Alpin, Pendulum (DJ set), Feeder, The Wonder Stuff, Reef, Sixx:A.M. and many more.
There was also a celebration of 40 years of punk which included sets from Adam Ant, The Damned, Buzzcocks and The Godfathers in the Big Top.
New areas at this year’s festival included the Stand Up To Cancer Beach where festival-goers could escape to the nostalgia of a traditional British seaside scene, filled with brightly coloured buckets and spades, beach huts, parasols and Aunt Sally boards for the all-important photo opportunities.
Over the weekend, the beach featured Zumba and Yoga classes, Bear Grylls survival training sessions, DJ sets and an evening Glow Show. Stand Up To Cancer, in collaboration with Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK, was the Festival’s official charity partner for 2016.
Elsewhere, the new BT Sport Field of Dreams screened action from Euro 2016, including Friday night's opening ceremony, and on Saturday, England’s 1-1 draw with Russia and Wales’ 2-1 win over Slovakia.
During the weekend, the Field of Dreams gave festival-goers the chance to watch the 2004 Isle of Wight Festival performance from David Bowie, as well as highlights from other festival acts that have played in previous years.
Many areas and stages made a return for 2016, including the Hard Rock Stage with a line-up of 30 acts that included Starsailor’s James Walsh, singer-songwriter Ben Montague and Laurence Fox.
Also back was the Platform One Stage, Cirque de la Quirk, Time Peaks Diner, Bulmer’s Colourena, Strongbow Tree, Jack Rocks This Feeling stage, Electro Love 80's tent, Hey Joe Rock Bar and the Kashmir Café.