As the dust settles on another stellar Isle of Wight Festival, and after we’ve had time to hop back on the ferry and recover from our post-festival blues, what better way to reflect on the weekend than with our exclusive gallery, featuring appearances from the likes of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Biffy Clyro, Miles Kane and IDLES, to name but a few…
Across the weekend we played host to a number of bands playing both the Main Stage and the Big Top in the artist village alongside our friends at mophie. On Saturday afternoon Miles Kane joined us ahead of his set - “we’re going to do no slow songs, we’re going to go full throttle tonight, that feels the way to go really, right now,” - and delved a little bit deeper into his creative process at the moment, which has seen him release two new tracks (‘LA Five Four (309)’ and ‘Can You See Me Now’ respectively) in quick succession after his third studio album. “After finishing Coup De Grace I’ve been feeling creative and I’ve been really excited about writing and making tunes and I just want to keep releasing tunes, I don’t want to be on a planned grid and I think it makes me feel good. A good tune should get out there. It’s like a release. Even if we just make a demo by the end of that day I feel better, and we’ve got a lot of songs now and I just want to keep putting cool little tunes out.”
The singer also gave us his tips for new music, when asked about new bands that are inspiring him right now, “there’s a lot you know, I really love Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard that I‘ve heard. They’re really cool, that’s right up my alley and I quite like the singer’s persona on stage, he’s a good frontman.”
From Yungblud’s punctual arrival, “[the Isle of Wight] it’s good man, it looks like home. The ferry were quick I thought it was going to take like six hours,” to his astute observation on what a typical crowd looks like for him, “it’s just like a group of rabbits, everyone just fucking jumps, everyone never stops jumping, even the slow songs and there’s sense of community and there's sense of solidarity,” there’s never a dull moment with the singer around.
We also learnt that Sundara Karma’s festival essentials include, “a mobile phone, water and bananas” and that Electric Enemy secured a lucrative milestone in their career as they opened the Main Stage on Saturday, “that was pretty incredible, as a musician you kind of think to yourself where do I want to end up? And we kind of did that today, it was really like a dream.”
Isle of Wight native Lauran Hibberd joined us for a quick chat as the sun made a reappearance on Sunday afternoon. “It’s helpful because [living on the Isle of Wight] it sets you apart from the rest, it’s definitely helped me with my writing and I personally love living here, but it can be a hindrance getting everywhere - we’ve sat at the 3am ferry terminal too many times for my sanity [laughs].” Detailing the local music scene she says, “it seems to be in a good place at the minute, there’s a lot of young bands coming up. There’s the Platform One music college and there seems to be a surge of new bands, especially females.”
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