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.

Unseen film footage reveals how the 1987 Great Storm hit Ventnor

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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

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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

New orchestral season opens with a popular favourite

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Tickets sell fast for the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, so make sure that you grab yours for the opening concert in November before they sell out.

Friday, 16th September, 2016 5:59pm

By Tim Isard

Mystery of Ventnor’s musical notation bench carving explained (video)

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John Nash not only explains the mystery of musical notation carved into a bench in Ventnor, but treats us to a beautiful piece of classical guitar written by an Isle of Wight composer.

Friday, 16th September, 2016 1:51pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Head to the Waverley Park Beer, Music and Poetry Festival this weekend

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The fun starts on Friday and continues over the weekend. Family friendly before the 9pm watershed, with music, poetry and comedy throughout the weekend, raising money for British Heart Foundation.

Thursday, 15th September, 2016 5:07pm

By Sally Perry

Bestival from the sky at night (4K drone video footage)

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Take a moment and cop a load of this 4K aerial drone video footage from above Bestival site over the weekend. It looks like a magical land!

Monday, 12th September, 2016 12:33pm

By Sally Perry

Bestival 2016 Opening Day from the air: Photos and video

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These aerial photos and video were captured during peak entry time at Bestival 2016. They give you a real sense of scale.

Thursday, 8th September, 2016 3:56pm

By Sally Perry

Tagore String Trio return to Northcourt for charity recital

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The Tagore String Trio will be supporting Cancer Research UK this year with their annual recital at Northcourt. It should be a wonderful event if you can make it.

Tuesday, 6th September, 2016 11:57am

By Helen Foster

Did you know you can access free online music through Isle of Wight libraries?

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Here's another great secret about the services you can access via Isle of Wight Libraries. As well as the great DVD hire collection, you can also access almost 1.5m music tracks online free of charge.

Monday, 29th August, 2016 10:37am

By Jonathan Dodd

New EP and video from Isle of Wight artist

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Isle of Wight singer/songwriter, Doug Alldred launches new EP and music video ahead of autumn series of gigs.

Thursday, 25th August, 2016 9:50am

By Feature Writer

Some tickets still available for Summertime Jazz and Blues Picnic

Grab your tickets for this Sunday's event taking place at the picturesque East Dene in Bonchurch. World-class jazz singer, Aydenne Simone joins the Island's Unity Stompers for an afternoon of jazz and blues.

Wednesday, 24th August, 2016 3:36pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Festival exhibition heads across the Solent (updated)

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Ray Foulk, one of the organisers of the original Isle of Wight Festival will be opening a new exhibition about the Festival at Portsmouth Guildhall on 18th September. It coincides with the release of special edition memoirs about the early Festivals.

Wednesday, 24th August, 2016 11:34am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments