After the last nightmare 18 months of rescheduling, re-jigging and a lockdown period that saw most of the UK’s festival season get swallowed into the abyss for the second year running, I am almost certain that I won’t be the only person who is gagging to step my feet onto the Isle of Wight this week for one hell of a party!
The iconic Isle of Wight Festival kicks off TOMORROW!
It’s our 5th year on the island and I thought today was a great opportunity to look a little closer at some the promoters and bands who have put together and are playing one of my favourite stages.
THIS FEELING STAGE
“If you’re going to see a new, great band you’ll see them at This Feeling first” Carl Barrat
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a sucker for new bands and have always spent the majority of my time on the island at the This Feeling stage due to its high calibre of new artists. Some of my absolute best ever festival memories were made and favourite bands discovered on this very stage! I’ve seen bands such as The K’s, Bang Bang Romeo, Dylan John Thomas and more all progress from the TF stage to the Big Top and Main Stage which is such a buzz to watch.
This Feeling are Mikey Jonns, George Holmes and their dedicated team. They hold a strong presence not only at the IOW but at major UK festivals including Y-NOT, The Great Escape, Tramlines, Hit The North Stag & Dagger, Truck Festival and more!.
They give up and coming bands massive opportunities to play to big crowds and to stick major events on their musical CV as well as working with some of the UK’s biggest brands including scotts Menswear and Red Stripe. They also now boast their own record label.
They’ve been at the beginning of the careers of Catfish & The Bottlemen, Blossoms, Gerry Cinnamon, The Struts, Tom Grennan, The Amazons, Yonaka – the list just goes on and on.
“The best club in the UK for future rock n roll stars” Noel Gallagher
They are an unstoppable force in the music industry who work tirelessly all year round to give new artists and bands opportunities and a spotlight to showcase their music. Not only to the general public either but through UK tours and to some of the biggest UK music industry labels and heavyweights.
I spoke with Mikey this week about how he’s feeling to be back on the island.
“It’s one of the best weekends of the year you’ve got your Liam’s, Lightning Seeds and Shed 7’s then you’ve got our tent which is in-between the main stage and the Big Top where you will see the best new acts playing what’s likely their first ever major festival before more often than not going onto bigger stages. For example, this year The K’s open the main stage Saturday and Dylan John Thomas plays the Big Top. Both put in incredible performances to a rammed This Feeling tent in 2019 and it’s a proper buzz seeing them progress. So, if you wanna see the next big things first at a festival, you know where to come…” Mikey Jonns
All info about This Feeling can be found below…
Are you ready for a refreshing blast of anthemic indie that’s as infectious as it is heartfelt!? RATS have been bursting out of their native hometown Liverpool over the last few years, catching the ears and hearts of everyone who crosses their path!
RATS are a band heading for HUGE things after been the first band to be signed to This Feeling Records and it couldn’t be a more perfect partnership (keep your eyes peeled on RATS and TFR socials for more news on this soon!).
Rats have recently done a brilliant ‘Home Zones’ performance for This Feeling and scott’s recently which you can watch here.
From day one we have always backed bands on their live performance, so trust me when I say this band is one you cannot leave off your must see list! Their shows are a can’t-miss for any indie rock and roll fan and I am certain Rats will be returning to Liverpool with a mass of new fans.
Rats headline the This Feeling stage on Thursday at 22.25pm.
I’ve been following Pastel now for quite a few months and I think they’ve got something very special. One of my favourite new bands on the scene, they are signed to the very aptly titled ‘Spirit of Spike Island Records’. Pastel are a band continuing the trend from my youth and unlike many before them they are doing it very well. Young audiences all over the country are only just discovering the legacy that was left behind by Ian Brown and co, and there is a place just waiting in the industry for Pastel, who confidently replicate past heydays and styles and effortlessly make it their own. Talking about their upcoming slot Pastel had this to say…
“There’s only one way to make your first ever UK tour even better and that’s by putting the Isle of Wight slap bang in the middle of it!”
If you like your verve-like grooves and nonchalant spaced out vocals then you need to get these on your must see list now.
Sailing straight in from their first UK tour with Affleck’s Palace, they play Thursday at 19:55pm.
ROLLA are a great live band, again I loved what I heard on Spotify but it was their trip to our Sheffield office to play a session with us that really caught my eye and pricked my ears. Frontman James Gilmore has a real effortless onstage aura and musically the band are tight.
ROLLA are a relatively newly formed outfit from Manchester who before lockdown were making their mark on the live scene following the release of their debut single ‘Thinking Of Tomorrow’. Since restrictions have lifted the band have continued to make their mark, playing the scotts Football Fest, the Stone Roses Bar in Barnsley and a load of future dates over the next few months which you can find on their socials below. You can also watch ROLLA perform ‘Sweet Lullaby’ tonight at 6pm with TF and scottsmenswear for their ‘Live Sessions’.
The latter part of 2021 is a big year for ROLLA with the band looking to take huge steps forward with more single releases and bigger live shows which include the Isle of Wight festival. The band had this to say about their upcoming slot.
“It’s been a long time coming for us to play such a prestigious festival. We always felt that the Isle of Wight is a place where we truly should be playing and it feels fucking great, but this is just the start it’s going to be the loudest and most hectic set of the whole weekend so don’t miss it! It’s onwards and upwards for ROLLA after this, so join us on the journey we’re off on. Big shout out too This Feeling and NE for all their support!”
Catch Rolla on Friday at 17.05pm.
There’s nothing quite like the rush of connecting with a great new artist — especially ahead of the pack — but they’re not always easy to find. The This Feeling stage has always been a place for rising young stars and this year one you would be an absolute fool to miss is the hotly-tipped Megan Wyn. At only 16, Megan continues to impress me not only with her beautiful voice but her professionalism and ambition.
She has been continuing to build and grow an impressive fanbase over the past 6 months attracting new fans with her fusion of different musical genres that appeal to all. She sings with true passion and has an infectious stage presence that will certainly wow the festival crowds over. I spoke to an excited Megan earlier about her upcoming slot…
“I’m literally buzzing to play the Isle of Wight Festival this year , it’s been a festival I’ve wanted to play since I was a little girl and to play this festival as my first major festival is just insane to me! The vibes this year in the zone are gonna be immaculate, especially after covid and everything these past 2 years! It’s gonna be great to get out there! I’m so proud and excited to be apart of such an amazing line up!”
Megan becomes a favourite of anybody who has the pleasure of watching her perform, so do not miss it.
Megan plays Saturday at 12 noon.
“Like a lot of people recently I’ve also been waiting for the opportunity to play an open air festival again. It’s seems almost surreal that after almost two years of waiting it’s finally here ! And it’s non other than the ISLE OF WIGHT!! We’ve been working hard and should have a surprise or two for yas… It goes without saying but my deepest thanks and respect go out to Mikey, George and all the wonderful people at This Feeling & Scott’s who’ve managed to navigate the pandemic with grace and sensitivity and have helped keep independent musicians like myself doing what we live for.”
Returning to IOW for the second time indie favorites Social Room mix classic Brit-pop sounds running in a similar vein to greats such as ‘The Verve’ and ‘James’ whilst infusing some fresh anthemic tones akin to the DMA’s. Social Room have become one of the new big names in indie over the last few years and are buzzing to be back on the island.
“We can not wait to be back at the Isle of Wight this year. We played in 2019 on the This Feeling stage and it was an unreal experience. We play 10pm on Saturday and what a time to on. Big shout out to This Feeling for having us back we will not disappoint.”
They play Saturday at 22.00pm.
I’m really looking forward to catching George Hennessey this weekend after listening to his Spotify today. George was brought up on a diet of live performances spanning from The Rolling Stones to the the Sex Pistols, artists which have clearly influenced his music. Self described as ‘bolding marrying the the supposed opposites of grunge and Britrock’ (which is basically my music tastes summed up!) Georges attitude is one of ambition and living in the moment.
George recently played Victorious Festival and in December goes on tour with This Feeling hitting London and Manchester (all info here) and told me earlier how he’s feeling about hitting the iconic Isle of Wight Festival.
“Fizzing is an understatement. I’m absolutely honoured to be making my first full band debut at such an iconic festival. Big up This Feeling! “
You can catch George on Sunday at 14.30pm.
THE SKINNER BROTHERS
I can’t write this article without mentioning one of my favourite bands The Skinner Brothers. A real tell tale sign for me absolutely loving a band is when I listen to the song that got my attention then I straight away go delving into their back catalogue. I did this within hours of hearing The Skinner Brothers EP ‘Iconic’ and I discovered LOADS of favourite tracks including ‘Skin Up & Blow’, ‘Live Before I Die’ and basically most tracks off their debut album ’25 to Life’. I’d be lying if I didn’t say how much I honestly believe this band could and deserve to be absolutely MASSIVE. Their latest EP ‘Culture Non Stop’ is once again full of bangers that you would be a fool not to check out immediately. Earlier this year the band played a brilliant live session for us with Leeds Festival presenter and DJ Katie Owen that you can also check out here.
Zach Skinner is typical of what I’d call an iconic front man, he’s stated in interviews that he is a melody man rather than a poet based songwriter but I honestly think he doesn’t give himself enough credit for his down to earth and real lyrics which are a huge draw for not only myself but their swathes of loyal fans (join the Skinner Bro’s family on Facebook here).
I can’t profess enough to check the band out on Spotify below and if you’re lucky enough to be at the Isle of Wight Festival this weekend let them wow you live with their passionate delivery and high energy levels, because I have absolutely no doubt that their set will win you over and you’ll be joining The Skinner Brothers ever growing army of fans in a heartbeat.
The Skinner Brothers play the This Feeling Stage 18.45pm Friday.
FULL LINE UP
I honestly wish I could feature more of the artists playing the stage but with some a vast amount of new talent playing I would be here weeks! I like many others are looking forward to hearing so many new bands from the line-up and will be publishing my stand out bands next week.
Below is all timings, if you aren’t attending the festival you are likely to catch the following and more on tour with This Feeling here.
18.15 – PIONEERS
19.05 – LOCK-IN
19.55 – PASTEL
20.55 – RIANNE DOWNEY
21.35 – THE CLAUSE
22.25 – RATS
16.15 – COCO & THE LOST
17.05 – ROLLA
17.55 – SEROTONES
18.45 – THE SKINNER BROTHERS
19.35 – GEN & THE DEGENERATES
20.25 – THE RUBY TUESDAYS
21.15 – CRYSTAL TIDES
22.05 – CRAWLERS
22.55 – DJ’S
11.10 – NIKKI & THE WAVES
12.00 – MEGAN WYN
12.50 – FLECHETTES
13.40 – ROSELLAS
14.30 – MICHAEL GALLAGHER
15.20 – DROOL
16.20 – FITZROY HOLT
17.00 – SPANGLED
17.50 – THE NATIVE
18.40 – FLWERS
19.30 – THE CHASE
20.20 – THE KATUNS
21.10 – THE ROYSTON CLUB
22.00 – SOCIAL ROOM
22.50 – TOM LUMLEY & THE BRAVE LIASON
23.40 – SPYRES
00.10 – DJ’S
11.10 – ACE AMBROSE
12.00 – HARVEY JAY DODGSON
12.50 – SEAGOTH
13.40 – CASCADE
14.30 – GEORGE HENNESSEY
15.20 – THE SONDER
16.10 – THE LILACS
17.00 – HEADSHRINKERS
17.50 – THE FEENS
18.40 – PARIS STREET REBELS
19.30 – CRUEL HEARTS CLUB
20.20 – GARDEN PARTY
21.10 – KID VIOLET
22.00 – THE CAPELLOS
22.50 – THE CROOKS
23.20 – DJS
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