My favourite festival moment of 2012 was the conclusion of Isle Of Wight Festival back in June.

The only reason my friends and I persevered through the mud, floods and high winds for three days was because the best acts were on stage last: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Bruce Springsteen.

It was my first taste of Noel’s new material played live and as predicted it was brilliant! He shaped his set with just the right ratio of his solo material and the best of Oasis’ back catalogue and both charmed and enthused the crowd in equal measure, preparing us for Bruce Springsteen’s headline slot.

Although clashing with England’s European Championship match, Bruce owned the place. He is, by far, my consistently favourite act to see live.

For a man pretty close to collecting his pension, he puts his all in to every performance and doesn’t once waver throughout his ever-lengthening sets, and Isle of Wight was no exception! Not content with already being granted permission to extend his slot a couple of days before, The Boss refused to come off stage until the closing fireworks were done because “We were promised fireworks! I ain’t leavin’ till I see some!”.

Words simply can’t do justice to the atmosphere on that late Sunday evening where the crowd didn’t know whether to look at Bruce or the pretty lights in the sky as we were treated to an extended rendition of “Twist And Shout”.

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