Island Fling

More than three decades on and the Isle Of Wight enjoys a few fleeting flashbacks of brilliance from The Thrills, The Cooper Temple Clause, Iggy Pop and Hell Is For Heroes

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On rotation throughout the weekend, footage of Jimi Hendrix at the 1970 Isle Of Wight festival flickers across the stage screens. It’s designed, of course, to lend some historical baggage and countercultural kudos to an event where Bryan Adams and Counting Crows take top billing. Still, the event provides an ideal bucolic setting for The Thrills.

Flowing with silvery guitars, banjos and Hammonds, these Oxfam-attired Dubliners nail the melodic masts of The Byrds and Neil Young with undeniable


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