David Walliams made a rare public appearance at the Isle of Wight festival after being axed from Britain's Got Talent.

The star shared aerial footage on Instagram, suggesting he'd flown into the festival by helicopter, and also posted snaps of Pet Shop Boys' headline show.

The popular talent competition was thrown into chaos in November 2022, when David left the judging panel he had been a part of for a decade. His decision to throw in the towel came after a transcript of comments he'd made about participants during a break in filming back in 2020 was leaked to the public.

Before his departure, he apologised for his slip-up and was later replaced with Strictly Come Dancing star Bruno Tonioli. And now, David made sure to take time to relax and enjoy life as he was seen at the Isle of Wight festival this weekend, with onlookers saying he wanted to 'keep a low profile'.

An onlooker said to The Mirror: “For a moment, I almost didn’t recognise him as he walked around the production sites - he was dressed all in black with a cap and glasses on - clearly wanting to keep a low profile. While other celebs and VIPs were making the most of the VIP hospitality area and stageside pen, David seemed to spend the day away from the festival - only appearing moments before the Pet Shop Boys closed the day.

"Security ushered him across the front of the stage area with a pal five minutes before they opened their set. His low-key attire certainly worked as no one seemed to recognise him and his plan worked." The Isle of Wight festival opened its gates to campers on Thursday but well and truly kicked things on Friday with some of the nation’s best-loved acts taking to the main stage.

Mike Skinner literally got to know his audience during The Streets’ exhilarating set. The Fit But Don’t Know You Know it hitmaker crowd surfed and got intimate with his fans in the pit in between belting out the group’s classic hits. The garage legend then paid tribute to The Prodigy before leaving the stage ahead of the electronic band closing the night.

The Prodigy’s show saw them play iconic tunes such as Breathe, Out Of Space and Firestarter, during which a special laser projection of bandmate Keith Moon was beamed across the crowd.

Over the rest of the weekend, ticket holders will enjoy a whole host of incredible acts across 13 stages and headline performances from Pet Shop Boys, Green Day, Suede and Jo Whiley’s 90s Anthems and more still set to perform.

Across four days of music and entertainment, the festival site becomes home to over 55,000 people for a weekend that promises to once again prove itself as one of the UK’s most popular festivals.

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