Acoustic Isle success

By David Newble

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

 

Acoustic Isle success

Acoustic Island 2014. Folklore at the Spyglass Inn. From left, Angelina Grimshaw with JC Grimshaw and Kathy Grimshaw. Picture by Robin Crossley.

AN 'UNPLUGGED’ music festival held at venues across the Isle of Wight has been hailed a roaring success by organisers.

Acoustic Isle built on the Island’s strong musical heritage by showcasing local and international talent at bars, pubs and clubs.

The ten day event, organised by tourism body Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) between March 13 and 23 saw surprise guests and top acts rubbing shoulders and sharing stages with the Island’s own musicians and featured more than 100 live performances.

Highlights included Simon Townshend of the Who at The Balcony, Ryde, and Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer and Jay Foreman at Coburgs, also in Ryde.

OnMonday, last week, Folklore played at The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor, and a 'Get the Gig’ final was staged at The Bargeman’s Rest, Newport, last Thursday.

Last Friday saw a show by talented singer and songwriter, Robbie Boyd at Berties, Cowes.

VIOW chief executive, David Thornton, said: "This was the first year we ran Acoustic Isle, highlighting the terrific live music and entertainment already on offer on the Island, so it was great that so many people got involved in supporting the campaign.

"We will be reviewing the overall success of the event, but have already had lots of positive reaction from performers and venues who want to see Acoustic Isle return next year."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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