Catch Rhain and Lauran Hibberd’s Ventnor gig

One of the Island’s top performing artists, Rhain, will be taking to the stage in Ventnor this week. The event will be held at the atmospheric St Catherine’s Church, on Saturday, March 18. When she’s not performing with fellow Islanders Plastic Mermaids, Rhain has been wowing audiences with her solo sets, supporting the likes of Rufus Wainwright and Lucy Rose at some...

Island promoter reaches new heights with Spinnaker Tower silent disco

AN ISLAND promoter has reached new heights after hosting a silent disco at the top of the Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. The sold out event was organised by University of Portsmouth student 21 year old Josh Peverley, who started planning events when he was 13. The disco, held on February 17, was the second of it's kind, after last year's...

See XOCKHA, Submariner and Goo Lagoon at Quay Arts

AFTER the success of last year's gigs, Chalkpit Records will be hosting another live night of music at Quay Arts next Friday (March 3). The line-up boasts indie four piece XOCKHA, pop rock group Submariner and low-fi indie act Goo Lagoon. Formed in 2015, XOCKHA released their debut EP Sleeper in the same year, and can count BBC Radio 1 DJ...

All the young dudes join Isle of Wight Festival line up

  Need your Monday brightening up? Luckily, Isle of Wight Festival organisers have just revealed the line up's latest additions. Under the slogan “All of the young dudes”, the acts announced include chart names such as Catfish and the Bottlemen, Zara Larsson, Clean Bandit and The Vamps, who will be joining Run DMC, Bastille, George Ezra and David Guetta. The Strypes, The...

Introducing Bright Flame Music

LET'S be honest if you are going to get signed these days, you need a pretty hefty twitter following and fans of The Insta. A modern artist needs to be preened, polished and ready for success to have any chance of getting signed by a record label. Labels are looking for the finished article — musicians who are ready for their...

New Year’s Resolutions

It's the new year, and we all know what that means. You're deep in a well of post-Christmas shame and it's time to turn over a new leaf. To be the best version of you. Of course, only about 8% of people actually succeed with their new years resolution so perhaps you'll have to settle for being a sub-par version...

Christmas Songs – Crimes against music

Opinion Christmas songs are perhaps the main reason Christmas is the worst time of the year. They are typically cynical cash grabs lacking in any creativity and, in a perfect world, would be deleted from the public consciousness by some sort of mind laser. If you've been overcome by mawkish sentimentality and the liberal use of sleigh bells that is Christmas songs, check...

AlexsLens video: Epiphany

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An R&B artist, a cracking videographer, and a great backdrop — it's the dream team. Alex Warren, known online as AlexsLens, has released his new video 'Epiphany', which features artist James Vickery. The pair previously teamed up for 'A day in the life of a Bestival Artist', which saw Alex capture the mood of James' festival experience and performance. Here's what Alex...

Tunesday: Claydon Connor

Self-described as "a perfect blend of Roots Americana with a hint of classic English pop", Isle of Wight musician Claydon Connor released a cracking new single last month. 'Foolish' came out on November 18 and was the product of a collaboration with Canadian producer Murray Pulver. “It was an absolute privilege to work alongside Murray," Claydon said. "Even though we were...

Which Isle of Wight village is best? Clearly Carisbrooke

We've looked at the Island's towns, but now it is time to see which village on the Island is best. Clearly it is Carisbrooke, right? Like the Facebook post if you agree. So why is Carisbrooke the best? Here goes: The Castle Obviously we have to start off with this awesome structure. What other villages have that? With it's rich history and fantastically preserved...