New music festival

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

 

New music festival

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

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by Scott Angles

20th December 2013, at 19:58:50

Strumfest? I'm sure I have a DVD of that somewhere...

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by Paul Rainford

19th December 2013, at 09:32:30

Nice idea but 'Acoustic Isle'? Hmmmm. How about something a little snappier - suggest 'Strumfest'.

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by Steve Parkes

18th December 2013, at 20:25:01

Note to self: check out Mike Crowe's link before posting!

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by Steve Parkes

18th December 2013, at 19:05:24

Who's going to be doing the hiring? This old cynic wonders if it's not just a commercial exercise: an Island industry of festivals, and a tempting bandwagon.
I shall be very happy to be proved wrong.

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

18th December 2013, at 16:55:40

Cheers Mike

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by Mike Crowe

17th December 2013, at 21:12:14

http://www.visitwight.org/viow_002.htm

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

17th December 2013, at 18:53:30

I tried to find a piece about this on the Visitwight website.....nothing. We would love to take part as the best music venue on The Bay, but nobody cares about Sandown

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by Scott Angles

17th December 2013, at 17:06:48

I hope Lostprophets are available to headline :)

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by Jack Woodford

17th December 2013, at 16:10:58

Yo Mr/Mrs/Miss Lander! looking at half the comments on here you'd think we lived in a third world country or a police state. Fair enough having a moan sometimes but some people will be down on everything!
I cant wait to see the full line up of events for this festival.

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by Jack Woodford

17th December 2013, at 14:10:23

Well done David Thornton. This Dude is a breath of fresh air and I reckon the event will be well-run and reflect positively upon the Island. It's difficult to see how anyone can be down in the mouth about it to be honest.

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