The Isle of Wight Gazette:
THE SQUEEZE – COOL FOR CATS
The 2010 Isle of Wight festival kicked off today (June 10) with the Squeeze, best known for their hit Cool for Cats, playing the headline slot. The rain held off as many a muddy camper, many of who had spent the afternoon between showers pitching their tent, ventured out to be wowed by the band. Early bird festival-goers packed into the big top to hear the band belt out the hit ‘Cool for Cats’.
The band, who sadly have never had a number one hit with any of their songs, didn’t let it stop them from wowing the crowd in the pre-warm up session prior to the opening of the festival tomorrow.
Festival organiser John Giddings said “There were about 40,000 people on the campsite by last night. (Thursday) I watched Squeeze perform and they were brilliant.
Squeeze please fans on festival night opener
Published Date: 11 June 2010
SQUEEZE proved they’ve still got the magic touch by closing out the first night in style.
From the opener – Up the Junction, to the Commitments’ favourite Tempted, the old faithfuls went down a storm.
It was a good start to what promises to be a blinding festival weekend in the Isle of Wight, at Seaclose Park in Newport.
Children as young as four rubbed shoulders with veteran fans as old as 80 as they witnessed the weekend’s first headliner. Walking on stage to the sound of thousands of cheering revellers, Squeeze were pure class from the very start. Playing with a crisp, clear sound blasting out through the massive big-top speakers, even the fans at the back were transported back to the group’s 80s heyday. Frontmen Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook were cool and relaxed throughout, putting on a professional show full of hits. Dancing and huge sing-alongs accompanied popular favourites Tempted and Cool for Cats.
Sarah Franklin, 32, from Chichester, said: ‘To be honest I didn’t expect them to be this good, I’m having a great time and hopefully the weather will get better. It’s as good as ever. Charlotte Hamilton, 20, from Surrey, said: ‘It’s my first festival and they sounded great!’ Carrie Kircher, 23, from Whitwell Road, Southsea, said: ‘Its amazing, this place has such a great atmosphere and Squeeze were amazing.’
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