On Wednesday night Absolute Radio’s Andy Bush headed down to The Halfmoon Pub in Putney to take his seat in the judging panel for the final of the Isle of Wight Festival Unsigned competition.
The final 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.
Andy had the unenviable task of choosing which act should win, along with his fellow judges Steve Harley from Cockney Rebel, Brit Award Producer nominee Jim Duguid, Paul Stokes, Associate Editor (Digital) at Q Magazine and Festival promoter, John Giddings.
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.
This year’s Isle of Wight Festival has something for everyone, with headline performances from three of the biggest names in music, The Stone Roses (UK Festival exclusive), The Killers and Bon Jovi.
Also, taking to the Main Stage will be Paul Weller (UK Festival exclusive), plus The Boomtown Rats (UK Festival exclusive) and if that wasn’t enough, Emeli Sandé, Ke$ha, Ben Howard, Jake Bugg, The Script, Bloc Party, Paloma Faith, The Maccabees, Ellie Goulding, FUN, Blondie, Devlin and many more incredible acts will be appearing over the weekend.
The Isle of Wight Festival takes place 13th – 16th June at Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight