Elton John & Snoop Dogg are coming to the Isle of Wight!

The Bestival last night revealed the first names for its 2013 event including two main stage headliners in the legendary Elton John and international hip-hop superstar Snoop Dogg! Celebrating its 10th anniversary this coming September the Bestival line-up looks to be its best yet, with some of the biggest names in music also joining the bill. Other announcements included; The Flaming Lips, who headlined the event back in 2010, M.I.A, Bombay Bicycle Club, Franz Ferdinand, The Roots, Sinead O’Connor, Chic (featuring Nile Rodgers), Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox and loads more artists, bands, DJs and performers!

Bestival 2012 Stevie Wonder on the Main Stage

Unbelievably they seem to have managed to top the 2012 line-up when Stevie Wonder closed the festival on the Sunday night. (image courtesy of bestival.net)

With this years theme you are invited to climb “All Aboard” HMS Bestival and sail away to the Isle of Wight for 4 days of music and entertainment. With one of the biggest and most diverse line-ups the award-winning festival has produced so far there really is something for everyone!

This year’s Bestival takes place 5th September to 8th September at Robin Hill Country Parkon the Isle of Wight. Line-up so far below, for tickets and further information visithttp://www.bestival.net/

Bestival 2013 Line-up



The Ventnor Fringe is delighted to reveal Liam Bailey as the Friday night headliner of ‘The Spire Sessions’ a new micro-music festival taking place as part of the Fringe, with tickets for the event going on sale today (Monday 28th January).


Blending classic soul with a contemporary feel, Liam Bailey is a rising star with a sincere, authentic voice that sounds wise beyond his years. Originally brought to the public’s attention through the late Amy Winehouse who released his first two EP’s on her imprint ‘Lioness Records’ his performance at the Fringe follows a sell out show at London’s Union Chapel and performances at major festivals across the country in 2012. His has also collaborated with artists such as Chase & Status, including co-writing and providing the vocals for “Blind Faith” which reached No 5 in the UK Single Charts and his latest release ‘Please Love Me’ confirms a man of true talent.


Also joining the line up will be Fringe favourite Marques Toliver, MOBO Nominee Ayanna Witter-Johnson, L.A Salami, Seye, Fiona Bevan, William Carl Jnr, Joseph Reuben and Summer Pearl with more acts still be announced.


“The Spire Sessions” is a new collaboration between Ventnor Fringe Director Jack Whitewood and Love Is The Law Magazine and is set to be a highlight of the 2013 Fringe, with special intimate performances in and around Trinity Church over the 16th and 17th August 2013. Tickets for all events over both days start at £35, or alternatively individual tickets to Liam Bailey’s performance are available at £12 thought the Ventnor Fringe Box Office at www.vfringe.co.uk

Official Dinosaur Island!

The Isle of Wight has been officially declared the dinosaur capital of the UK! This is according to a new Dinosaur Map of Britain which has been compiled by Dr Paul Barrett, Merit Researcher from The Natural History Museum to mark the launch of Primeval: New World on Watch.

Dr Paul Barrett conducted a report of prehistoric activity identifying the key dinosaur hotspots around the UK. The Isle of Wight, has come out on top, beating the famous Jurassic Coast in Dorset, as the richest area for dinosaur fossil finds with skeletons over 125 million years old! The Isle is of Wight is also the site of the largest dinosaur find – a neck bone of a Sauropod which would have measured over 20 metres (nearly five times as long as a London double decker bus) and weighed roughly 54 tonnes, the same as 20 full grown elephants! It was also the Jurassic ‘Isle of Fright’ as it was home to the deadliest dinosaur: a Neovenator which measured around 7.5m in length and had serrated, saw-like teeth for tearing flesh.

With Primeval: New World – the popular US spin off of the hugely successful Primeval drama series – jam packed full of special effects and featuring 16 prehistoric land, sea, sky and sand creatures that threaten modern day earth having travelled through strange anomalies in time, it may feel like science fiction that dinosaurs used to roam the UK.

However, according to the research undertaken by Dr Barrett, over 100 species have been unearthed across the country from Sauropods as tall as Nelson’s Column to Echinodons which were about the size of a cat. Dr Barrett commented: “This map highlights some of the most recent dinosaur discoveries in the UK, as well as the large number of finds made historically. Dinosaur fossils are still found on a regular basis in the cliffs and quarries of the UK and many more surprises are likely to be waiting in the rocks”. Catch all of the dino-action in Primeval: New World, Tuesdays at 9pm, only on Watch.

Primeval Map

Brian Blessed to open Isle of Wight Walking Festival

Brian Blessed at Medina Theatre 2010

The Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2013 is set to be kicked off in style by the commanding personality of Brian Blessed. The world famous actor, author and explorer comes to Medina Theatre on the opening Sunday of the Walking Festival for a performance not to be missed.

Expect captivating stories from his acting days, with credits including a wide variety of films from Shakespeare to Star Wars, and also tales of his time as an adventurer – all delivered by one of the most unmistakeable voices in the business.

This year’s festival begins on Saturday May 4th, with Brian Blessed performing at 7.30pm on Sunday 5th to launch the 2 week calendar of walking events. On his previous visit to Medina Theatre Blessed played to a packed house, and wouldn’t leave the stage – avoid disappointment by booking you tickets now from www.medinatheatre.co.uk.

More information on the Isle of Wight Walking Festival can be found atwww.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk

Electric Woods Returns

The magical Electric Woods returns to Robin Hill this February Half Term, marking the coming of the Chinese New Year with a stunning new spectacle of light, sound and colour.

Electric Woods Balcony View

Strong oriental themes will be on offer in the parks magical illuminated woodland to capture the spirit of one of the world’s most popular celebrations. This is the first of a series of openings in 2013 for the parks new “Electric Woods” which made a popular evening debut with Islander’s last summer and autumn to rave reviews from visitors.

It is also the first time Robin Hill will have ever opened it’s gates during this time of the year, with the “Spirit of the Orient” Electric Woods event starting Saturday 16th & finishing Sunday 24th February.

Robin Hill will be open every day during the celebrations from 10am until 8pm, and the usual range of attractions will be opened for all visitors during daylight hours, including the newly revamped 4D Motion cinema.

As dusk begins to falls the Oriental theming will burst into life with an array of lanterns, flags and features through the parks woodland. Visitors will marvel at the stunning “Golden Oriole” bridge with its cascading golden water as well as being treated to Chinese themed entertainment and dancing on the woodland bowl stage.

Electric Woods Lanterns

An oriental menu will feature at the woodlands ponds where floating lanterns will bring magical reflections to the water and themed music will add to the ambience. There will be the chance to sample some fortune cookies and authentic Chinese tea as well as win a great prize in the Chinese red envelope lucky dip.

Some of the main family attractions will also remain open well into the evening and there will be children’s entertainment and a special evening owl show including the parks own barn owl Nimbus to add some more traditional Robin Hill fun to the mix.

The Park’s event manager Darren Cool said “The Electric Woods-Spirit of the Orient” celebration at the park will be something quite novel and exciting for the Isle of Wight. It’s a colourful spectacle of sound and light to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year and to help us look forward to the coming of spring. It will certainly give something bright and cheerful in one of the dullest months of the calendar. Lots of people have commented that there is nothing to do during this particular school holiday on the Island, so at last we can say we are doing something fun, very different and suitable for all ages. Visitors were impressed by the majesty of the parks creative lighting and sound last year and the oriental theme gives an exciting twist to this which people will love.”

The special February half term entry ticket includes unlimited 9 day of returns, so people can come back day and night, again and again if they want to.

Full details of specific times, events and entry prices are available from the parks website


Tickets are available in advance from the website or by calling the park on 01983 556052.

Even more music added to Isle of Wight Festival 2013!

Isle of Wight Festival 2013 Announces latest additions

The Isle of Wight Festival is shaping up to be one of the best yet with another round of recent addition raising the bar even higher for the iconic Island music festival. Joining an already incredible line-up that includes The Stone Roses, Bon Jovi and The Killers will be Emeli Sande, Ben Howard, Palma Violets, Lianne La Havas, Laura Mvula, Hugh Cornwell, Levellers, Young Guns, Kids in Glass Houses and many more!

For more information, and for some great money saving ticket and travel packages plus the Isle of Wight Festival payment plan go to www.isleofwightfestival.com. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable weekend of music and excitement!