DISCOVER NEW SOUNDS ON ENGLAND’S LARGEST ISLAND: HAPPYNESS, GIRL RAY AND HER’S AMONG FIRST ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR VIF
Happyness, Girl Ray, Her’s, Elder Island, Bad Sounds and Puma Blue are the first acts to be confirmed for this new festival of emerging talent on Friday 11th August 2017. For many the Isle of Wight is synonymous with festivals. From the original 1968-1970 events that attracted over half a million people and represented the height of the era’s counterculture, to the 13 years Bestival blossomed on the Island establishing a new boutique model.
Now this unique location is to host a new festival that will pioneer a new format. The Ventnor International Festival (VIF for short) will take the form of an urban city festival with venues including a church, warehouse, rooftop and harbour. All dotted across the Island’s southernmost town, the beautiful hillside home of just 6,000 occupants.
Around 20 acts are set to be announced to play intimate shows throughout Ventnor providing the perfect backdrop to discover new music from across the UK and beyond.
Established by the Ventnor Exchange, a record store and arts space located in the town, the festival will also coincide with the award winning Ventnor Fringe, which each year hosts around 300 artists spanning theatre, film, comedy and visual arts in pop up venues that span every corner of this unusual town.
Early Bird tickets are £25 available to book from Ventnor Exchange, Crack Magazine and Festicket
London based Happyness are an alternative rock three piece whose debut record Weird Little Birthday on Moshi Moshi Records has become a firm favourite of ours. Lo-f, slacker rock that perfectly matches a lazy summer afternoon. Their second LP ‘Write In’ is released on April 7th.
Fellow Moshi Moshi signing Girl Ray who released their new single today (20th Feb) following the release of ‘Trouble’ which we’ve been singing along to since we first heard it. The band will be heading to VIF fresh from supporting Slow Club on tour.
Heading to the Island from Liverpool will be Her’s a young duo whose first releases blend the sounds of Mac Demarco and Kurt Ville. We’re big fans.
Bath based Bad Sounds are definitely ones to watch with their retro sound that channels hip hop and Beck, and has led to their new single ‘Wages’ being crowned ‘Hottest record in the world’ by Annie Mac.
Elder Island are a collective who’ve been making big waves in their hometown of Bristol with their soulful electronic pop/trip-hop sound. Their new EP was mixed by Sam Wheat (Rihanna, Amy Winehouse) and Liam Nolan (Adele, Ellie Goulding) so we’re expecting big things!
Finally Puma Blue aka Jacob Allen is part of a range of south London artists who have had us enthralled as we enter 2017. A subtle, dark and jazzy sound reminiscent of Kid Krule with incredible vocals. This is sure to be a real highlight.