Creative Island

The Isle of Wight has a rich history of incredible creative talent. Home to famous poets, writers and photographers in the Victorian age, the talent is still strong today.

From artists and photographers to poets, theatre groups, live music and more, there is always something cultural to report on or feature. If we’ve written about it, this is where you’ll find it.

Isle of Wight band DRONGO premiered on Clash Music


Isle of Wight duo, DRONGO, not only signed to Organ Records this month, but also had their first single premiered on Clash Music as Track of the Day.

Friday, 27th May, 2016 8:43pm

By Sally Perry

Bestival 2016: Leftfield (and a whole lot more) join the lineup

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Kings of electronic dance music, Leftfield, will be heading to the Isle of Wight this September, when they play live at Bestival. Full details and more acts revealed.

Thursday, 26th May, 2016 7:00pm

By Aidan Byrne

IWSO Review: A Job well done

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If you haven't been to an Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert yet, we highly recommend you try the next one in July. It's always an incredible experience, watching 70 musicians all perform live in front of you to a highly varied programme.

Thursday, 26th May, 2016 10:54am

By Jonathan Dodd with one comment

The MondoMix Festival returns to the Isle of Wight next month

Mondomix Festival

MondoMix Festival promises to be one of the most diverse and affordable live music festivals on the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 24th May, 2016 3:15pm

By Feature Writer

Quay Arts Centre announce new man at the helm

Quay Arts QuayHolders Scheme

We reckon it's a great choice and look forward to exciting times ahead.

Monday, 23rd May, 2016 5:11pm

By Tayla Smith with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Festival ticket competition: Here’s the winner

Festival crowd:

Almost 2,000 entered the competition to win a pair of Isle of Wight Festival camping tickets. Here is the lucky winner!

Monday, 23rd May, 2016 3:40pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Festival Tickets Comp (worth ~£400) – This weekend only!

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Fancy winning two Isle of Wight Festival weekend camping tickets worth nearly £400? We ran a ticket competition which was very popular.

Saturday, 21st May, 2016 1:15pm

By Simon Perry with 7 readers' comments

Head back to 1970 with Isle of Wight Festival organiser, Ray Foulk

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Head back to 1970 with this photographic exhibition in commemoration of the Isle of Wight 1970 Festival and hear organiser, Ray Foulk, share his experiences of how the local community saved the festival from the Island ‘big-wigs’.

Thursday, 19th May, 2016 6:30pm

By Feature Writer

The Christians to play live at Ventnor Winter Gardens: Book Now


The 80s legends are back and will be playing at the Ventnor Winter Gardens on the May bank holiday weekend. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, 18th May, 2016 1:20pm

By Feature Writer

Sally Halsey returns with Jessica Thayer for fundraising recital

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The spring recital takes place at the wonderful St Catherine's church in Ventnor on Sunday afternoon and aims to raise donations and awareness for the Cardiac Risk in the Young charity

Monday, 16th May, 2016 3:06pm

By Helen Foster

Plastic Mermaids announce third EP, Everything is Yellow and Yellow is my Least Favourite Colour

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Plastic Mermaids announce their third EP (which you can pre-order now) as well as release one of the tracks in advance to whet your appetite. Looking forward to the video for this one.

Friday, 13th May, 2016 6:37pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

All welcome to launch of new music-related art exhibition


Head to the opening of this exhibition at Quay Arts on Saturday and hear Mark Lotterman and Paul Armfield perform a taster to their evening performance

Friday, 13th May, 2016 5:39pm

By Georgia Newman