Ventnor Fringe throws caution to the wind

By Thomas Seal

Published on Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 07:50


Ventnor Fringe throws caution to the wind

Beatboxer Reeps One, at Red Squirrel Studios, part of VFringe 2014. Picture by Thomas Seal.

THE fifth annual Ventnor Fringe Festival kicked off on Tuesday and will come to an end tomorrow (Sunday).

Often called 'VFringe', the festival also encompasses the Isle of Wight Film Festival and coincides with Ventnor Carnival - which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

Festival-goers have been treated to a panoply of music, film, and more, such as a spontaneous spoken-word performance from Manchester beat poet Mike Redman at the Woodland Bar and an exclusive secret set from world-renowned beatboxer Reeps One in the Red Squirrel basement studio.
Observatory Bar  
The Observatory Bar

The festival's organisers had to overcome some early teething problems, with powerful coastal winds postponing the opening of the Observatory Bar  at Ventnor bandstand for a day, and headline comedy trio 'Three and a Half Pints' cancelling at the last moment due to a family emergency.

However, the Fringe swiftly moved into full swing. 

Co-organiser  Becky Boucherat said: "After some tricky situations with the wind, the Observatory is ready to go, and the Exchange at the old post office has really come to life. 

"The film screening at the Woodland Bar, near Ventnor Scout Hut, was particularly wonderful - it's a really beautiful setting."
Rod Clements
Rod Clements

Every event has drawn a crowd of its own making, including a reading of an original rehearsed reading from the Bonchurch Theatre Company, based on a true story of a Victorian Island artist, and a performance from folk-rock legend Rod Clements in the beautiful setting of Holy Trinity Church. 

The much-anticipated Lounge Around Town event will take place tomorrow (Sunday), with a day-long series of gigs taking place around Ventnor, including DJ sets from The Bees and The Maccabees, and performances from Champs and Alessi's Ark. 

See youth website for more information and reviews.

For tickets and further details on the Ventnor Fringe, visit their website

For a full report and picture's from this year's Ventnor Carnival, please see the current edition of the Isle of Wight County Press, Friday, August 15. 

Ventnor Carnival


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