Opportunity for bands and artists to play at Isle of Wight Festival

Wight Noize allows young musicians the opportunity to be involved in a professional music industry showcase and get constructive feedback from industry professionals. Find out how to take part.

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Dave shares this latest news on behalf of Platform One College of Music. Ed


Isn’t it incredible that there is a major festival on our doorstep hosting the likes of the iconic Fleetwood Mac, Rolling Stones, Queen, The Police and what is more, isn’t it incredible that young musicians resident on the Isle of Wight can get to play on the same stage? 

Well that is what Wight Noize is all about!

Opportunities for young bands and artists
The Wight Noize initiative was conceived by Platform One College of Music, who has continuously strived to develop opportunities for young bands and artists resident on the Island since 1999.   

Wight Noize is a mechanism to support all young musicians on the Island and not just students who study at the college.  The initiative allows young musicians the opportunity to be involved in a professional music industry showcase and get constructive feedback from industry professionals.

Not ‘Battle of the Bands’
The concept is far removed from the traditional ‘Battle of the Bands’ contests that exist around the UK.  Platform One wants young musicians to be ambitious, to have aspirations, to become professionals and to realise how competitive the music industry is.  Wight Noize has always been about this from day one.

David Pontin, Director at Platform One, said,

“This is not a battle of the bands but an opportunity to take part in a professional showcase and get some constructive feedback on your band, your songs and your performance. 

“Playing at the festival is a privilege and bands must work hard for this opportunity and take it seriously.”

There from the start
Platform One College of Music has been involved in the festival since its rebirth in 2002.  Opportunities for young musicians at the festival have evolved each year thanks to the commitment of John Giddings, who is one of the patrons of Platform One.

Solo, the organisers of the festival are seriously committed to supporting young musicians on the Island.  It is important to note that they have no obligation to do so and many festivals neglect the local community – not the Isle of Wight Festival, thanks to Solo.

Giddings: Platform One have integrity
John Giddings, Managing Director, Solo (Isle of Wight Festival) said,

“I am very proud to be a patron of Platform One.  I think they do an incredible job of preparing young musicians for the reality of the music industry.  I like helping people and my work with Platform One feels the right thing to do – they have integrity and they are good at what they do.”

These unique opportunities for young musicians on the Island confirm the ongoing support of Solo, the festival organisers.  

Amazing support
David continued,

“Solo is extremely supportive of the ethos and work of Platform One.  It is an amazing opportunity for young musicians to be involved in such a prestigious and successful festival.”

Industry panel of judges
The industry panel will decide on one act that is deserving of playing the main stage on Sunday of the Festival.  This is full VIP treatment as well as the opportunity to play on the Platform One Stage during the weekend. 

It is also anticipated that acts shortlisted for the Wight Noize auditions will get to play at the Festival on the Platform One Stage. 

Where and when
The Wight Noize Music Industry Showcase will take place on Saturday 11 May 2019 at Strings Music Venue. 

Doors will open to the public at 7.30pm with an entrance fee of £2.50 payable on the door. 

The public audience will also have the opportunity to register whom they feel is deserving as they enter the venue. 

Rules and regulations
This is certainly an incredible opportunity and one not to miss, so if you want to get involved in Wight Noize 2019, here is how:

  • All acts must submit a registration form electronically to register@platformone.org by Friday 26 April 2019 at 5.00pm. Late registrations will not be accepted.
  • Selected acts must be willing and be available to perform a 30-minute set of original songs at
  • Strings Music Venue on Saturday 11 May 2019.
  • All acts must be able to demonstrate that they actively promote themselves online.
  • Musicians may only register and perform in one act.
  • All musicians must be resident on the Isle of Wight (proof of residence may be asked for).
  • All musicians must be aged 16 to 24 years old (proof of date of birth may be asked for).
  • Platform One will supply the PA, back line amplifiers and drum kit for the Wight Noize Showcase.
  • All band members must be available to play Isle of Wight Festival – no substitutions or additional band members will be allowed.

Register to take part
Complete and return the form electronically. We will confirm receipt of your entry by e-mailregister@platformone.org or Platform One, 48a Dodnor Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5XD

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Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 1:03pm

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