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.

Isle of Wight Festival will go ahead in 2017 say organisers

IW Festival

Amid much speculation as to whether the Isle of Wight Festival will go ahead next year, organisers have announced the dates and confirmed tickets go on sale next month.

Thursday, 20th October, 2016 8:35am

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

Discover the fascinating history of the Regency Harp-Lute at live performance


Sarah Deere-Jones will be using both her restored Regency pedal harp and her Harp-Lute to perform the music of some forgotten 19th century harp composers at the Vectis Decorative & Fine Art Society lecture next week.

Friday, 14th October, 2016 8:26am

By Carolyn Power

Isle of Wight Festival’s John Giddings awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution’ accolade


John Giddings, organiser of the Isle of Wight Festival, thanked the staff, the acts and the Isle of Wight after being presented with the Outstanding Contribution accolade at Wednesday night’s Live Music Business Awards.

Friday, 14th October, 2016 7:55am

By Lisa Birch with 15 readers' comments

Internationally acclaimed pianist to perform at Earl Mountbatten Hospice

Viv Mclean

Chief Executive of the Hospice, Nigel Hartley, says, "Please do come along and support him, and help us break the taboo about your local hospice."

Wednesday, 12th October, 2016 9:40am

By Emma Topping with 2 readers' comments

New sessions offer musicians a place to get together


The sessions are intended to provide a place for musicians to get together and make music. Take your own instruments and meet like-minded musicians.

Wednesday, 12th October, 2016 8:56am

By Sally Perry

The Lion and the Wolf release second album, The Cardiac Hotel (video)

cardiac hotel

Tom George, aka The Lion and the Wolf, has today released his second album. Check out what's already being said about it as well as the beautifully atmospheric video shot and produced in Ventnor.

Friday, 7th October, 2016 5:38pm

By Sally Perry

Plastic Mermaids live on Marc Riley’s BBC6 Music Show


Hear Isle of Wight band, Plastic Mermaids, play live on Marc Riley's BBC6 programme tonight from 7pm. Musically, the band are doing some of the most interesting stuff we've heard for a long time.

Tuesday, 4th October, 2016 6:57am

By Sally Perry

Strictly Come Dancing: Did you spot the one-man band with the Isle of Wight connection?

Jake Rodrigues

Strictly fans! Did you realise a man from the Isle of Wight was on your favourite show on Saturday night after the judges' final score?

Monday, 3rd October, 2016 6:04pm

By Sally Perry

Paul Armfield supports Freshwater Library with solo concert

Paul Armfield

A first for West Wight, Isle of Wight musician, Paul Armfield, will be playing a fundraising concert this Friday (7th October). Book in advance to secure your seat.

Monday, 3rd October, 2016 1:38pm

By Helen Wood

Quay Arts: Check out their fantastic new season of events


The new season of events at Quay Arts in Newport is fantastic and offers something for everyone, whatever your taste in music, art, film and comedy.

Saturday, 1st October, 2016 2:47pm

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Unseen film footage reveals how the 1987 Great Storm hit Ventnor


This fascinating footage of the 1987 Great Storm in Ventnor has been set to music by Isle of Wight musician, Paul Armfield. Free entry with donations welcome.

Friday, 23rd September, 2016 7:00am

By Sally Perry

Nate Najar Jazz Trio: Catch them at Quay Arts before they head to Ronnie Scott’s


This Sunday brings a rare opportunity to see World-class jazz at Quay Arts in Newport before the Nate Najar Trio head to jazz-mecca, Ronnie Scott's.

Thursday, 22nd September, 2016 8:20am

By Feature Writer