On March 13th the final of the Isle of Wight Festival Unsigned reached a gripping climax, as the 12 finalists who were chosen from well over 2,000 entrants, battled it out for a chance to win one of six slots to perform across the Festival site. Fans packed into The Halfmoon Pub, Putney, one of London's longest running and most respected live venues as the finalists took to the stage. The judges had a raft of talent to choose from and after much debate the 6 winners were chosen to perform at this year’s legendary Isle of Wight Festival.
And the winners are…performing on the Main Stage will be Tank Trap from Gravesend, the Big Top slot was given to Crystal Seagulls, who the panel chose as the overall winners and were also awarded the special prize of a recording session at Power Studios in London with acclaimed producer Benny D. Appearing on The Bandstand will be Louise Golbey and over in The Hipshaker Lounge, funk artist CHIDI will be getting the crowds moving. The Cabaret Club is in the very capable hands of Cable Street Collective and don’t miss XOVA performing on the Life’s a Beach stage.
Making the decision was a host of music industry professionals including, Steve Harley from Cockney Rebel, Brit Award Producer nominee Jim Duguid, Paul Stokes, Associate Editor (Digital) at Q Magazine, Andy Bush of Absolute Radio and the Festival promoter, John Giddings.
John Giddings, the Festival promoter, says: 'The Isle of Wight Festival Unsigned final was a great night and choosing the winners from so many talented new artists was not an easy task, but in the end the best 6 acts were selected to play at this year’s Festival. We want to thank all the musicians who entered and the finalists, the standard was exceptional. It’s fantastic to be able to give unsigned artists the chance to play at the Isle of Wight Festival in front of our amazing crowd. Who knows maybe one day they'll be performing further up the bill!'
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Stage: Main Stage
Tank Trap are an old-school grungy rock band, with a bluesy feel, catchy riffs and smashing beats hailing from Gravesend, they will be appearing on the Main Stage. Influenced by rock legends such as Led Zeppelin, Black Stone Cherry, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam expect big things from this lot.
Stage: Big Top
Heading for the Big Top, Crystal Seagulls are a young four-piece indie rock band whose music holds a mixture of the infectious sounds of the Sixties, the swagger of the Nineties whilst simultaneously paving the way for a whole new style of music.
Stage: The Bandstand
Louise Golbey is an aspiring singer who will be appearing on The Bandstand. A songwriter, musician and a regular on the London jazz and soul circuit, this songstress brings soulful classics to the modern arena with a unique musical style mixing contemporary soul with jazz.
Stage: The Hipshaker Lounge
Borrowing from the rich traditions of classic Soul music and blending a fusion of Rock Pop and Jazz, with passionate vocals and a rich velvet tone, CHIDI comprises a talent that has many classy influences, such as Jean Carne, Adriana Evans, Sunshine Anderson and Tina Turner. Catch CHIDI in The Hipshaker Lounge.
Band: Cable Street Collective
Stage: The Cabaret Club
Performing in The Cabaret Club are Cable Street Collective, an upbeat party band, making rhythm-driven, African-influenced sunshine music, using an eclectic range of instruments. Their music draws on African influences as well as sounds from closer to home such as Primal Scream and the Stone Roses.
Stage: Life's a Beach
Appearing on the Life’s a Beach stage, XOVA are an Indie Rock-Reggae band from Birmingham, with a vibrant roots sound, fusing their reggae base with the breadth of the modern world – ska, rock, dubstep, blues, Motown and folk, infused with protest and pain, but also hope.
Photo's courtesy of Liz Murray Photography