Rolling Stones star Charlie Watts is to be honoured at this weekend’s Isle of Wight festival in an emotional tribute.

Festival boss John Giddings said they had been in talks about a tribute during the three day event, in Newport, which kicked off yesterday (Friday).

It is expected that his image will be projected on the main stage.

The band played the festival, in 2007, in a memorable set in which they were joined by Amy Winehouse on stage.

Giddings told the Mirror: “We have been talking about doing something. I mean it’s just so sad…he was such a great bloke.

Charlie died last month

“I am not sure it’s the Rolling Stones without him but they will continue on for the rest of their lives. I mean they are the best rock band in the world bar none. They get better every time I see them.”

David Bowie had been previously honoured at the festival in 2016 following his death.

Liam Gallagher and Tom Jones were set to kick off the festival last night.

Duran Duran, Snow Patrol and David Guetta are also headlining.

The Rolling Stones in 1963. Left to right: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman and Keith Richards (

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He also blasted the Government as “absolutely useless” in helping to get the festival off the ground during the pandemic.

And he said that new Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries - who was famously in the I’m a Celebrity jungle - should “have stayed there judging by what I’ve read” and said the Government backed insurance scheme was too “expensive”.

He said: “We’ve engaged with them and asked for help but they have been absolutely, utterly useless. They’ve just paid us lip service. Their insurance scheme is a joke. They have treated us as poor relatives and I am really disappointed.”

The Isle Of Wight Festival is this weekend (

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This year’s festival has moved back from June to September because of the Covid uncertainty earlier this year “That was the best decision we made. It would have been too depressing moving it to next year …and the weather is great this weekend too,” he says.

Watts died last month aged 80. He had been a member of the Stones since January 1963, when he joined Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones in their fledgling group.

The news came weeks after it was announced Watts would miss the band’s US tour dates to recover from an unspecified medical procedure.

Watts was previously treated for throat cancer in 2004.

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