AFTER a hard fought final at Northwood House last night (Thursday), the winners of Bestival's Isle of Wight band, DJ, choir and spoken word competition have emerged triumphant, clutching their prize — a coveted slot on the festival bill.
Blues rock trio BaDow, from Platform One music college, stormed the band category and won a place on the Main Stage, while Lady Robinson, who cites Scroobius Pip and Kate Tempest as influences, triumphed in the spoken word category for a slot in the Amphitheatre.
One of the most impressive acts on the night was DJ Hadda, also known as Ryan Barrett, who had never played on stage before. He was named best DJ and will play the Hidden Disco.
The Dollymopps won the choir category but did not perform in the final, having already been hand-picked from the entries by Bestival curator Rob da Bank to perform in the Big Top.
Rob, who was joined on the judging panel by IW Radio's Glyn Taylor, said: "Congratulations to all the winners. Great talent — as ever!"
The winners will join Bestival's line-up, which features Outkast, Foals, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Beck and DJ Sven Vath.