Isle of Wight music

The Isle of Wight has a wealth of musical talent which we believe deserves to be celebrated. Find out about up-and-coming bands and musicians, whether they be popular or classical, as well as those already established.

Read about upcoming gigs and concerts and make sure you don’t miss out.

IW musician Claydon Connor to support Nashville duo ‘Striking Matches’

Claydon Connor crouching in ferns

Fresh back from Nashville, Isle of Wight country singer, Claydon Connor performs live with Nashville Duo, Striking Matches in Southsea next week.

Thursday, 2nd July, 2015 12:27pm

By Donna Thompson

Have you seen the latest Plastic Mermaids music video?

Plastic Mermaids rowing boat

Isle of Wight band Plastic Mermaids push to boat out for their latest music video ... quite literally.

Tuesday, 30th June, 2015 8:46am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight Oxfam stocking exclusive 12″ release by Editors

The Editors

Indie rock band, Editors, have released their Exclusive Limited Edition 12” Vinyl through Oxfam Isle of Wight Books & Music shop.

Thursday, 25th June, 2015 10:53am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Here’s how a pop-up music shop can help fight world poverty

Oxfam at festival Boxes

What a great idea! This pop-up music shop at the Festival, run by the Newport Oxfam Books and Music shop, was successful in raising awareness of world poverty whilst feeding music junkies.

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2015 12:08pm

By Sally Perry

Fleetwood Mac make statement on IW Festival after second gig cancelled

Fleetwood Mac Rumours on Compact Cassette Tape by petersell

After the latest two big nights of their 'On with the show' are cancelled due to illness, the band make a statement about Isle of Wight Festival.

Friday, 12th June, 2015 6:41pm

By Simon Perry with 10 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd watched … The Italian Girl in Algiers with Popup Opera at the Garlic Farm

If you've ever wondered what Popup Opera is like, read on. Jonathan popped along to the Garlic Farm on Friday night to find out for himself.

Wednesday, 10th June, 2015 7:40pm

By Jonathan Dodd

Island band Hentai Babies confirmed for Japanese tour

hentai babies june 2015

Fans in Japan have been going crazy for these guys, so it's great to hear that a three-city Japanese tour is confirmed for later in the year.

Monday, 8th June, 2015 8:34pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Winter Gardens seek to defend themselves over UB40 mess

Ventnor Winter Gardens by Nnitebot

Following Tuesday's Winter Gardens UB40 gig, there's been a number of statements, Today's is from the venue, seeking to detail where things went wrong.

Thursday, 21st May, 2015 5:51pm

By Simon Perry with 15 readers' comments

IW Symphony Orchestra Review: Tuneful Teutons

Megan Quick -

Find out what Jonathan thought of the penultimate concert of the season by the IW Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, 21st May, 2015 3:12pm

By Jonathan Dodd with one comment

Hear Claydon Connor’s latest single ‘Don’t Give Up On Us’

Claydon Connor

Isle of Wight country musician, Claydon Connor, releases his latest single, which you can hear him perform live on 21st May at a Nepal fundraiser being held at The Blacksheep Bar in Ryde.

Monday, 18th May, 2015 1:24pm

By Donna Thompson

Pioneering new subscription service launched by Paul Armfield

Paul Armfield Friendly Society poster

Rudimental has described Paul Armfield's music as ’Distinctively amazing’, whilst Lauren Laverne says, ‘Gorgeous..beautiful, positive and amazing. Ace!’.

Tuesday, 12th May, 2015 9:43am

By Sally Perry

Don’t miss Battle of the Bands at the Island’s newest music venue

club image

This is your chance to not only support a new venue, but also to support your favourite Isle of Wight bands.

Thursday, 7th May, 2015 4:33pm

By Adam Radestock