Watch Matt Bellamy play a robot glove at Muse's outrageous Isle Of Wight headline show

Muse Isle Of Wight
(Image credit: Abbi YouTube)

Over the years, Muse's live shows have thrown up some incredible spectacles: a gymnast performing mid-air acrobatics suspended from giant light bulb, an alien monster nicknamed Murph, Charles The Dancing Robot, but the Devon trio raised the bar for their headline appearance at the Isle Of Wight festival last night (June 19), with frontman Matt Bellamy playing the intro to The Resistance-era single Uprising on a futuristic high-tech glove.

Having already teased the festival audience with riffs from AC/DC (Back In Black, tagged onto Hysteria), Slipknot (Duality, appended to Won't Stand Down) and Guns N' Roses (Sweet Child O' Mine playing out Plug In Baby), Bellamy walked to the front of the main stage's 'ego ramp' walkway, and proceeded to play a snippet of his solo track Behold The Glove on... yes, a robotic glove, before segueing into Uprising.

What a time to be alive.

Watch the clip here, as filmed by YouTube user Abbi.

The Devon trio's set also featured a number of tracks from their forthcoming Will Of The People album, including the title track, singles Won't Stand Down and Compliance and the as-yet-unreleased Kill Or Be Killed.

Will Of The People is due to arrive on Warners on August 26, after Muse rejected their label’s suggestion of releasing a compilation record.

“We were reaching that point where there was talk about maybe doing a greatest hits album, and we weren’t really in favour of doing that,” Bellamy said last month. “So it’s almost like we’ve made a record that is a greatest hits album – of new songs.”

The band's set featured:

Will Of The People
[Drill Sergeant]
Citizen Erased
Won't Stand Down
The Gallery
Thought Contagion
Time Is Running Out
Supermassive Black Hole
Plug In Baby
Behold The Glove

Kill  Or Be Killed
Knights Of Cydonia

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Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.