White Bikes 13




 @Blacksheep Bar, Ryde

Thursday 13th March 2014




13th – 23rd March 2014

@various venues across the Island



From 7pm on Thursday 13th March, get ready to re-live one of the best summer weekends of 2013, as the Isle of Wight Festival brings its new FREE music event, Festival Fringe, to the Blacksheep Bar, recreating a slice of the Festival’s iconic vibe.  Kicking things off for VIOW’s, Acoustic Isle, which runs from 13th – 23rd March, you can expect a fun-filled night bursting with musical performances and artistic talent. Head to www.visitwight.org now for more information.

The world famous Isle of Wight Festival has a history jam-packed with legendary performances from some of the biggest acts & DJ’s and is renowned for championing local and new talent.  At the first major Festival of the season, year on year, thousands of happy-go lucky festivalgoers to come together in Seaclose Park for an unforgettable weekend.  Join us, for Festival Fringe on 13th March at the launch of Acoustic Isle, and bring back your favourite memories from 2013.

First up, Festival Fringe welcomes Marlee King (the daughter of Level 42’s Mark King) a young fresh talented singer from the Island, doing “funked up acoustic covers” in her own distinctive style.  Next to take to the stage is Charley Macaulay from Southampton; a young talent signed to Acid Jazz Records, bringing her mature soulful retro sound to the Blacksheep Bar on 13th March.  Plus, the exciting Acoustic Isle launch night will also see a set from local talent and gifted singer songwriter Joe Gladdis.  And, if that wasn’t enough, The White Bicycles, an ambient electro trio from Falmouth in Cornwall who combine electric guitar layers, sparse drumscapes and melancholic poetic vocals will also perform on the night. The Blacksheep Bar will be holding acoustic gigs throughout the Acoustic Isle’s 11 day event. 

Across the exciting 11-day event in March, Visit Isle of Wight’s Acoustic Isle will build on the Island’s musical heritage with around a hundred performances by Island musicians, who will come together with a series of intimate gigs in local pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants

John Giddings, Isle of Wight Festival promoter said: We had a great year at the Festival last summer, with some fantastic talent across our three stages, so it’s fantastic to be working with VIOW and bringing highlights from our weekend to Festival Fringe and launching the Acoustic Isle series.”

David Thornton, Chief Executive, VIOW said:We are delighted that this new initiative to attract more visitors to the Island outside the main season is being supported by the Isle of Wight Festival.

“Acoustic Isle and the Festival Fringe are fantastic opportunities to showcase both talented local  artists and mainland musicians.

“The Isle of Wight Festival brand has been crucial in growing the Island’s appeal over the years and we are very happy to be working with John Giddings and his team.

The start of Acoustic Isle is fast approaching and countless performances are now being finalised in preparation for the event.  Join us for the Festival Fringe launch night as we celebrate with a not to be missed showcase of new & emerging talent. 



For further information, please contact:  Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.o 

Notes to editors:

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: www.visitwight.org

The Isle of Wight Festival:

For tickets and more information, check out www.isleofwightfestival.com 

Ticket Prices:

Weekend Tickets: £190

Day Tickets (Fri, Sat, Sun): £75

Weekend Car Parking In Advance: £15

Per Day Parking: £10

Children 12 and under FOC


Ticketmaster – tickets only and exclusive agents for disabled access tickets

Red Funnel – ticket and travel packages with tickets only, payment plan on packages, box offices at East Cowes, West Cowes and Southampton terminals

Big Green Coach – ticket and travel packages and travel only. Payment plan available

Hovertravel – ticket and travel packages and tickets only available online and at Ryde Terminal

Southern Vectis – tickets only from Newport terminal

County Press Shop on the Isle of Wight in Newport

Blacksheep Bar, Ryde

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