With its gorgeous location, unbeatable atmosphere, and treasured place in festival history, the Isle of Wight Festival is able to draw big-name acts from all over the world. However, this doesn’t mean that it neglects local talent! This year will see plenty of local bands playing, some from the Island itself, and some ferrying over from mainland Hampshire.
Four piece Wild Front, from just across the water, are a case in point. They will be playing the Isle of Wight Festival for the first time ever this year! We had a quick chat with them to find out how they were feeling.
Can you introduce us to the band, and yourselves, quickly? What do you want people to say about you?
We’re Jack, Joe, Josh and Mike, a four piece from Southampton. We’ve all grown up together, played music together in various different formats and so it’s no surprise that we’re now all in a band together. Hopefully people will say that we’ve given them something fresh.
This is your first time at IOW Festival – what are you most excited about?
For most of us, this will be our first Isle of Wight Festival experience, so to be a part of such a great festival and performing in the Big Top is amazing.
For those who haven’t heard your music before, how would you describe your sound?
This is always a tough one, but I’d say we have a mix of funk, rock and pop vibes. We love old school 80s music and that comes through in our own music. I’d say we want to try and make people feel like they’re driving along the coast, windows down, sun setting. Pretty perfect for the Isle of Wight!
What act/band – other than your own – are you most excited about hearing?
We’ve heard really good things about Arcade Fire’s live show, so we’re looking forward to that, and you can’t go wrong with a bit of Run DMC.
What should people expect when they come and see your performance?
We try and keep our live set quite varied, and keep people on their toes. There’s lots of unexpected points in our set, but we can guarantee energy, guitar solos and plenty of chances to have a boogie (or at least a bit of a foot tap if dancing isn’t your thing).
What is the best thing about playing at festivals, and what do you think makes IOW Festival stand out?
The Isle of Wight Festival has such a wonderful history, with the original festivals in the late 60s, to its rebirth to what it is now. There’s something so special about thousands of people all coming together in one place to enjoy music. It’s so great to go to a festival and head home having become a fan of artists you hadn’t heard of before, and Isle of Wight Festival has such a wide variety of acts on the bill that you are bound to discover something new that really hits the spot for you.
What’s your pre-performance ritual?
We do some vocal warm ups and Jack will make some strange noises (he claims that it’s all part of his warm up routine). We like to have a bit of time together to chill before a performance, it always helps us to feel more together on stage.
What is your ‘festival must have’?
Our guitarist, Joe, absolutely loves Irn-Bru, so a crate of Irn-Bru will be at the top of his list.
As a local Hampshire band, have you been to the Island before?
We’ve all been over on a few occasions; we’ve got some friends that live/lived over there to study at Platform One. It’s a nice place to go for a day out, especially as it’s so easy to get there. It’s surprising though that we’ve not ventured there very much.
What are your impressions of the Island?
It’s quite a mysterious place. That adds more to the magic of the festival, though!
The Isle of Wight Festival is creeping up fast, and tickets are running out – but there are still a few left! To catch Wild Front, Arcade Fire, David Guetta, and many more, head to our booking page for both festival and ferry tickets. With good food, a well stocked bar, and spacious sundecks (fingers crossed for good weather!), the ferry ride really is the start of the holiday!
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