Visit Isle of Wight chief executive David Thornton (second from left) with some of the musicians who will perform as part of the new Acoustic Isle festival.
A NEW music festival will launch on the Isle of Wight next year.
Acoustic Isle, organised by tourism body Visit Isle of Wight, will run from March 13 to 23, with the aim of building on the Island’s music heritage, in a bid to attract more out of season visitors.
It will bring together performances from hundreds of musicians, performing under the Acoustic Isle banner, at venues around the Isle of Wight.
Musician and Visit Isle of Wight chief executive David Thornton, who earlier this year released a self-penned song dedicated to the Island, said: "The Isle of Wight is a hotbed of musical talent and we believe that hosting a music event at this time of the year will give people considering an out of season break the extra encouragement they may need to choose us rather than Devon, Cornwall or Dorset."
The Festival of the Sea, launched last year, will return, but will now be held from June 19 to 23, to coincide with the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on June 21.
Mr Thornton said: "We are in discussion with the Island Sailing Club and the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race management team to consider opportunities to work together and explore ideas that will further enhance the overall competitor and visitor experience during the race weekend."
Venues who want to get involved can find out more via www.visitwight.org