Festival-goers honour David Bowie with Isle of Wight mask tribute


Thousands of revellers donned David Bowie masks in tribute to the pop giant during the first major music festival of the summer.

The show of remembrance was held at the main stage of the Isle of Wight Festival to raise money for the Stand Up to Cancer charity.

Promoter John Giddings, who was David's agent for 30 years, said the singer, who performed his last ever UK live show at the event in 2004, was a "true friend to the festival".

The tribute began with a message from comedian Jack Whitehall and involved festival-goers singing along to Heroes, Rebel Rebel and All The Young Dudes.

And ahead of The Corrs' appearance on the main stage, Andrea Corr and Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet sang a version of Starman.

Backstage, the first ever tasting was held for The Who's own-brand of champagne called Cuvee Roger Daltrey, selling at £95 a bottle, which has been produced to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary.

David Bowie at the Isle Of Wight festival in 2004 (Yui Mok/PA)

Roger said: "I am very excited to have this opportunity to express my passion for champagne through this limited edition cuvee. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do."

The festival got fully under way on Friday night with a joint headline slot by Stereophonics followed by Faithless.

The Who are headlining the Saturday night with Queen and Adam Lambert closing the festival on Sunday.

Roger Daltrey's Champagne on display at the Isle of Wight Festival (David Jensen/PA)

Thousands of music fans travelled by ferry across to the island for the festival.

Since the Isle of Wight Festival relaunched in 2002, it has featured headline acts from some of the world's biggest stars including David Bowie, Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Blur, Fleetwood Mac and Foo Fighters.