Since its revival in 2002, the Isle of Wight Festival has always supported local acts so that their music can be heard by the masses. 2018 is no different. The festival is once again teaming up with local heroes Platform One College of Music and Kashmir Café, which will both be playing host to some top Island acts over the weekend. Here’s a few we think you should check out…
Freazy – Platform One Stage, Friday, 6pm
Despite all three members still being in their teens, Freazy have already enjoyed big support slots for the likes of VANT, King No-One and INHEAVEN, as well as a slot on Bestival’s Invaders of the Future Stage. Their debut, self-released EP has seen them win over hundreds of new fans, leading to 2 sold-out headline shows.
JEPH – Kashmir Café, Sunday, 1.10pm
Making their debut appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival this year, JEPH (named after vocalists Jess and Steph) will be treating the Kashmir Café to sounds inspired by the likes of Dream Wife and The Big Moon.
Avocado Sunrise – Platform One Stage & Kashmir Café, Friday & Saturday, 5pm & 1.35pm
Another teen-favourite, Avocado Sunrise are every indie-rock fan’s dream – think a mix Two Door Cinema Club and The 1975, with The Wombats thrown in for good measure. Their anthemic grooves are sure to be the perfect accompaniment to Seaclose Park’s (hopefully) sunny weather.
Lauran Hibberd – Hard Rock Stage, Saturday, 12pm
If you’re not too hungover then it’s certainly worth checking out rising star Lauran Hibberd in the early afternoon of Saturday. Her unique, fuzzed-up indie-pop has been picked up by BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 and Radio X in the past, so make sure you head over to the Hard Rock Stage to see what all the fuss is about.
Goo Lagoon – Kashmir Café, Sunday, 12.20pm
It’s difficult to place Fox Rawding (AKA Goo Lagoon) in a specific genre, but ‘dream-pop’ certainly isn’t too far away. After gigging around the Island for well over a year now, Goo Lagoon has been taking his music further afield recently with support slots for Her’s and The Manatees. His charm and chilled-out tunes will more than ease you into Sunday’s proceedings.
The Isle of Wight Festival 2018 takes place at Seaclose Park, between 21st and 24th June, featuring headliners Depeche Mode, Kasabian, The Killers and Liam Gallagher, as well as The Script, Manic Street Preachers, James Bay and many, many more. The full line-up and tickets can be found at www.isleofwightfestival.com