Yoppul recognised at Regional Press Awards

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yoppul has been 'Highly Commended' at the Regional Press Awards today. yoppul came second in the digital category, with the prize going to Wales Online. But history is littered with successful losers, who went on to eclipse the winners: One Direction finishing third in 2010, Olly Murs vs Joe McElderry in the 2009 final and Alexandra Burke beating JLS in 2008. The...

Take part in the Isle of Wight Mental Health Census

If you're under 25, and living on the Island, you have the chance to win Isle of Wight Festival tickets by taking part in the Island Youth Mental Health Census.  The Isle of Wight Youth Trust wants to hear from you, to help tailor their counselling and support services better to young Islanders. The census is part of Mental Health Awareness...

Saturday night Fever to hit the Isle of Wight

In news to shock the Island's nightlife to the core, Newport will be getting a new nightclub next month. Fever & Boutique, located at the former Wetherspoons/Chicago Rock at Coppins Bridge, will be launching on Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17 after a £400,000 refurbishment. The club — which is part of a national chain — will offer two club...

Isle of Wight bands to feature on BBC Introducing

Two Island bands will be debuting brand new singles on BBC Introducing tomorrow (May 6). Electronic indie five piece Nakamarra and beach punk trio Reminders will be featured on Stephanie Nieuwenhuy's BBC Introducing show on Radio Solent between 8 - 9 pm. Silas Gregory, from Chalkpit Records, said: “It's great to be able to work so closely to Steph at BBC...

Isle of Wight actors to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community

YOUNG actors will be celebrating difference and diversity tonight and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday) for RedTIE youth theatre's production The Queer Bash. The play, which will explore the issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, has been directed by Carl Burch, 20, Chloe Russell-Thompson, 18 and Beth Veitch, 19. Carl says it was the 'horrific wake up call' of the shooting at...

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...

Say hello to the Isle of Wight’s new Member of Youth Parliament

Did you know the Island has a Youth MP? If you didn't, then you're not alone — but our latest Member of Youth Parliament is set to ensure young people on the Island are no longer ignored. After posting a campaign video to YouTube, Joe Davies beat four other candidates in the online election. Yet despite his 'unhealthy obsession with...

Meet the Isle of Wight textiles students fashioning the future

Forget Milan, Paris or London — the Island Innovation VI Form Campus in Newport is producing the next wave of top fashion designers. This year, the college's teenagers have attained places at the best fashion universities in the country — including Westminster, London College of Fashion, The Royal School of Needlework and Bath Spa — and to celebrate, 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...