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.

Celebrate ‘Talk like a pirate day’ with Quay Arts Folk Club

The Crew standing outside pub with their instruments

This month's Folk Club features The Crew led by Cap’n Paul Sturgess, as well as Paul Armfield. Tuning in is a great way to support Quay Arts during this difficult time

Monday, 14th September, 2020 7:58am

By John Bentley with one comment

Masters success for students at the Isle of Wight’s Platform One College of Music

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This is the only Masters programme to run on the Isle of Wight and has once again seen success for Platform One music students

Thursday, 3rd September, 2020 2:59pm

By Dave Pontin

Spirit of the Place: From this weekend pop on your headphones, submerge yourself in this snackable audio play as you walk down Union Street, Ryde

Spirit of the Place - Scene 1 Vicky and Will in S. Fowler & Co by Rachel Shore

Listen at home, or while you’re in Ryde, as the short play unfolds along the length of Union Street. It’s full of great visuals, theatre, memories from Ryde residents and a soundtrack by Plastic Mermaids

Friday, 28th August, 2020 4:33pm

By Feature Writer

Isle of Wight music college Platform One’s degree students continue to excel

PLATFORM ONE students playing instruments

Despite lockdown, third year students excelled and produced extremely impressive results. In total seven students achieved a First-Class Honors degree.

Friday, 28th August, 2020 8:58am

By Dave Pontin

Watch: Paul Armfield’s latest single ‘A long overdue love song to my wife’

paul armfield times three and a bee and a butterfly

'You' is a beauty of a song, the latest single from Paul Armfield's seventh album. The music video, filmed during lockdown with the help of his daughter Alice, was created by Berlin photographer, Laura Braun

Thursday, 27th August, 2020 12:37pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Folk royalty at Quay Arts Folk Club this Sunday

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Don't miss this online folk concert in aid of the Quay Arts Centre taking place this coming Sunday (23rd). Details within

Friday, 21st August, 2020 4:37pm

By John Bentley

Isle of Wight band chosen for BBCR1’s ‘Track of the Week’

coach party band members with skateboards

Great news for the four piece from the Isle of Wight, as their latest track is played all week on BBC R1

Monday, 17th August, 2020 2:07pm

By Sally Perry

Live music, magic, story-telling, meditation and more at Ticket to Ryde this weekend

ticket to ryde performers all

Check out this great line-up of live entertainment in Ryde over the next three weekends - details within

Friday, 14th August, 2020 1:52pm

By Sally Perry

Platform One College of Music reveals ‘incredible results’ for 20th year running

PLATFORM ONE students playing instruments

Once again students attending the Isle of Wight's Platform One College of Music produce excellent results

Thursday, 13th August, 2020 10:45am

By Dave Pontin

Call for Isle of Wight venues and event companies to ‘Light It In Red’ next week

light it in red illustration of buildings lit up in red

Companies and event locations are urged to join #WeMakeEvents in lighting their building or structure in red in order to draw attention to the dramatic situation facing the events industry

Wednesday, 5th August, 2020 8:20am

By Jerome Attrill with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight songwriting initiative reveals outstanding level of musicianship

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Dave Pontin said the response to the songwriting competition was incredible, with a diverse range of music from folk to metal

Monday, 3rd August, 2020 1:50pm

By Dave Pontin

Wedgewood Rooms raises £22,000 with Solent LEP Pay it Forward Scheme

Audience shot at the Wedgewood Rooms

Over the years many Islanders have travelled across the water to enjoy live bands performing at The Wedgewood Rooms - and some may have even helped with this Crowdfunder that has secured the future of The Wedge for a bit longer

Friday, 24th July, 2020 10:11am

By Bex Pearce