Bestival: Hunt for Isle of Wight's hottest talent

By Ross Findon

Friday, April 4, 2014


Bestival: Hunt for Isle of Wight's hottest talent

Bestival curator Rob da Bank is on the hunt for Isle of Wight talent.

BESTIVAL'S annual search to find the best creative talent on the Isle of Wight returns today (Friday).

At stake is the chance to perform at the award-winning event in September alongside some of the biggest names in the business, including Nile Rodgers, Beck, Peter Hook, Basement Jaxx and Outkast.

Entries are split into four categories, best Island band, DJ, choir and spoken word artist.

The winners will find themselves performing on either the main stage, hidden disco, Big Top or amphitheatre stages, depending on the category.

Rob said:  "I am still slightly flabbergasted at the crazy amount of young Island talent that I see on a regular basis via my monthly Music Club at Quay Arts.  

"All of the competition winners shone brightly at Bestival last year when they stepped up the very biggest of stages and I am totally confident that this year’s winners will do me and the Bestival team proud yet again. Bring on the mp3s!"

Rob will select a shortlist of three acts for each category, who will then compete at a live event at Northwood House, Cowes, on June 5 in front of a panel of judges including Mark King of Level 42 and Glyn Taylor of Isle of Wight Radio.

How to enter and rules:

Competitors should send 1 x mp3 (no more than 6MB in size please!) of the one track that they feel best represents their abilities (or a recent DJ set that really demonstrates their skills – 20mins max) via one of the following downloadable entry forms – click category below as appropriate;




Spoken Word

All entrants MUST be full-time residents of the Isle of Wight. All entries will be fully vetted and any entrants found to not qualify will once again be disqualified.

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