Wight Noize success for Naked Fridays

By Sara Bryce

Monday, June 2, 2014

 

Wight Noize success for Naked Fridays

Naked Fridays compete for the chance to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

ELECTRONIC rock act Naked Fridays will open the Isle of Wight Festival main stage for a second time, after winning the Wight Noize showcase.

Four-piece band Naked Fridays took top prize in the competition — hosted by Platform One College of Music in conjunction with the Isle of Wight Festival — yesterday (Sunday) after impressing the judges.

Drummer and Platform One student Tom Silk, 19, said: "We won in 2012 and we feel very lucky to get to play again."

Things did not quite go to plan in 2012 when friends and family missed out on their performance after the festival was hit by heavy rain and mud.

"Hopefully that won't happen again!

"We were over the moon to win, it is such an honour. It's quite a big slot and it will be nice to play a big stage. We feel a lot more ready now."

Tom is joined by fellow members Michael Furniss, 19, the band's guitarist and Platform One students Reuben Mowle, 20, the lead singer and synth player, and Chris Hannon, 19, who plays bass.

Naked Fridays will open the main stage on Sunday of the festival, which will be headlined by American rock band Kings of Leon.

Tom said he hoped the band's energy would fill the stage and capture the attention of those from the music industry, backstage.

Judge and director of Platform One David Pontin said: "The standard was superb this year. Naked Fridays had worked really hard and showed us they really wanted it and were ready."

Songwriter and producer Andy Gray, Studio Humbug producer Rob Holmes and Balcony TV producer Tina Edwards were also judges.

Platform One has been involved with the festival since it was reborn in 2002, and festival boss John Giddings became a patron of the college in 2008. As well as performing, other students were given a host of industry opportunities at the festival including as artist liaisons, runners, as technical support and stagehands.

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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