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...

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...

Bands chalk up a successful night at Quay Arts

REVIEW A NIGHT of flamboyant lead singers and last minute drummers saw around a hundred people flock to Quay Arts on Friday night. Kicking off the evening was IW Festival 2016 Sunday main stage openers and Island three-piece, The Orders. Lead singer Kyle Chapman and bassist Isaac Snow were joined by new drummer, 24-year-old Josh Edwards. Josh had just four rehearsals to slot...

Tunesday: Busted are back and heading this way

Year 3000, What I Go To School For, Air Hostess — have Busted ever made a bad song? Absolutely not. And the boys are back in action and heading to Portsmouth. The reunited trio —James Bourne, Charlie Simpson, and Matt Willis — will be hitting the Guildhall on February 13 as part of their Night Driver tour.   So if you didn't catch...

Tunesday: The Lion and The Wolf launch album in Ventnor

St Catherine's Church was the backdrop for the release show of The Lion and The Wolf's second album The Cardiac Hotel. It was also a warm up before Thomas George and his band set off on their European tour, which starts on Friday. Silas Gregory, of organisers Chalkpit Records, said: "The gig was wicked. St Catherine's Church was a perfect setting...

Tunesday: Reminders

It might be October, but that doesn't mean you can't listen to beach punk. Meet Leo Dyke, Theo Afsarian and Harry Spencer who make up the Island's lo-fi band Reminders. If you don't take yoppul's word that they're brill, then believe Californian punks SWMRS, who made an announcement about their EP Maddie/Just Like A Queen in a Facebook video. Pretty cool,...

Tunesday: Just Eden

Getting 20,000 plays in a week is pretty impressive. But this has been the feat achieved by Island house DJ Just Eden — aka 18-year-old Eden Pardey — who's just released his latest track Panama. Eden started DJing on vinyl when he was 13 and moved to CDs at 16. He released his first record on Matrix Music Records earlier this year,...

EXCLUSIVE: Bestival interview with Bastille

After the release of their highly anticipated second album Wild World last Friday (September 9), Bastille are literally on top of the world. And on Sunday, they were on top of Bestival. Not only did this weekend see the indie pop band’s return to Robin Hill, after their triumphant fancy dress set in 2013, but also the group’s first gig since...

Bestival must-sees: Glass Animals

You know a band are going to be a bit off the wall when they joke that 56 pink kittens are on their rider. In the best possible way, Glass Animals are this kind of interesting. And there's no better band to kickstart Bestival tonight. The quartet from Oxford have just released their second album 'How to Be A Human Being', the...

Bestival must-sees: Exclusive interview with Katy B

Katy B has been very busy since her last visit to Robin Hill five years ago. She's had years of relentless touring and the release of three successful albums. Her career saw her start as "Baby Katy" singing with DJ NG at just 16, to flying to the top of the charts. If anything, her headline slot at the Big Top on Friday...