Avocado Sunrise to release debut single

Up and coming indie-rock band, Avocado Sunrise, release their debut single on Friday. The Isle of Wight teenage quartet, comprising of Jake Goodrum, Patrick Bray, George Lawrence and Finn Sandy, recorded the track, called 17, in a bedroom using just a single mic, and it was mastered at the local Studio 5A. Since playing their first gig back in December, the...

Isle of Wight DJ brings world class talent to the Island

A NINETEEN year old DJ is bringing world class talent to the Island as part of a new string of dance nights. Unhappy with the Island music scene, Eden Pardey from Shanklin — aka Just Eden — decided to organise his own club nights, named Bassline Sessions. After the success of the inaugural event in January, which was headlined by garage...

Interview with Sarah Close — the Isle of Wight singer with a million Spotify streams

NOT many artists can boast a million Spotify streams on their debut single. However, this is the feat that has been achieved by former Ryde School pupil Sarah Close, who released Call Me Out just under three weeks ago. The 21 year old wrote the song in October 2015, however, it was only after the song was produced in November last...

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...

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...