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.

Paul Armfield’s first single from seventh album resonates with current lockdown times

paul armfield - im not here

"I'm not here" is described as an upbeat song with Paul Armfield’s trademark lyrical panache bringing a light touch to its heavy subtext

Friday, 26th June, 2020 9:27am

By Sally Perry

Cancer charity online gig raises £1,200. Still time to help them reach £2k target

Mark King

There's still time to watch the concert and donate to help Wessex Cancer Trust reach their £2,000 target

Wednesday, 24th June, 2020 10:11am

By Sally Perry

Quay Arts Folk Club folk nights to be streamed live from this weekend

MIranda playing guitar

The Isolation Row Festival raised over £1,000 for Quay Arts last month and is now followed by the Quay Arts Folk Club with monthly online music nights. Details within

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020 11:24am

By John Bentley

Cancer charity secures long list of stars for Facebook Live gig

Bang Bang Romeo

A long list of stars and community groups have recorded a song for the fundraising event which will premiere live on the Wessex Cancer Trust Facebook page this weekend

Tuesday, 16th June, 2020 3:56pm

By Lorraine White

Track by Isle of Wight band – signed by producer with reported mafia connection – is re-released by New York record label

reminder records mastering of change my image

The re-release of this 1980s track by Isle of Wight band, Cassie, was sparked after the owner of a New York record label heard it and spent the following years trying to track it down

Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020 1:47pm

By Sally Perry

Don’t miss Isolation Row online Folk Festival this weekend and help raise money for Quay Arts

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Isolation Row Folk Festival features some of the finest local performers, as well as mainland guests. Don't miss it this weekend

Thursday, 28th May, 2020 10:57am

By Sally Perry

Absolute Radio raid the Isle of Wight Festival archives for front room festival line-up

Rolling Stones performing at Isle of Wight Festival

Absolute Radio will broadcast 22 sets from Isle of Wight Festival from as far back as The Who in 1970

Thursday, 28th May, 2020 10:37am

By Katie Baptie

Sky Arts to create ‘the greatest Isle of Wight festival ever witnessed’ TV programme

IW Festival

Hosted by Edith Bowman and Will Best, the show will create "the greatest festival ever witnessed" as they look back over the Isle of Wight Festival’s history. What's your favourite festival performance?

Friday, 22nd May, 2020 1:11pm

By Katie Baptie

Don’t miss Kashmir Cafe’s Isle of Wight Festival lockdown performances

Plastic Mermaids at Kashmir Cafe 2019

The Kashmir Cafe at Isle of Wight Festival is the biggest fundraiser for Quay Arts, so with the festival cancelled this year, an alternative way to support the much-loved arts venue has been revealed

Wednesday, 20th May, 2020 2:26pm

By Doug Alldred

Ventnor Fringe Festival takes a year out in light of Coronavirus: Expect something in its place though

Ventnor Fringe Festival promo image

The thousands who take part in or visit Ventnor Fringe Festival will be disappointed to hear of the cancellation, but organisers still hope to mark the occasion in a special, creative way

Wednesday, 20th May, 2020 1:49pm

By Sally Perry

Jack Up The Summer event cancelled in light of Coronavirus crisis

Heather

Organisers of Jack up the Summer say the event will not go ahead this year as planned.

Tuesday, 19th May, 2020 2:15pm

By Sally Perry

Victorious Festival cancelled due to Coronavirus fears

victorious festival you are lovely banner

Many Islanders head over to Southsea at the end of August each year for Victorious Festival

Friday, 15th May, 2020 10:42am

By Fiona Callingham, Local Democracy Reporter