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Isle of Wight Festival, one of the UK's most famous rock and pop music festivals, has an esteemed history. Having held its first edition way back in 1968, the festival was subsequently banned due to the sheer amount of people who turned up in 1970 to see Jimi Hendrix's last ever gig.
It returned in 2002 as Rock Island, and has since gone onto to achieve a worldwide reputations thanks to its rock-tastic, pop-filled, dance-packed lineups. Its hall of fame includes David Bowie, Jay Z, Fleetwood Mac and Queen.
Isle of Wight has also been named Family Festival of the Year on two occasions, thanks to its relaxed, inclusive atmosphere and variety of activities for all ages. Last year over 58,000 people flocked to Seaclose Park to feast on music, theatre, film, comedy, fun and games, celebrating what makes the Isle of Wight Festival as relevant as it ever has been.
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A near-timeless force in electronic rock and pop music, Depeche Mode have for over three decades defined an undeniably seminal - and constantly evolving - sound that has continued to be as popular as it is inventive. Together since 1980, Depeche Mode have had fifty songs in the UK singles chart and thirteen top 10 albums, with sales exceeding 100 million worldwide. This is a testament to their enduring presence as some of the greatest hearts and minds behind the synth-pop revolution and an unmistakable influence in modern music.
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The Killers are the Las Vegas-based four-piece who formed in 2003, featuring the talents of singer/keyboardist Brandon Flowers, drummer Ronnie Vanucci, guitarist Dave Keuning and bassist Mark Stoermer. They take their name from the logo of the bass drum belonging to a fictional band in New Order's music video for the song 'Crystal'. One of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century, with worldwide sales in excess of 28 million, the band has also received multiple Grammy nominations, American Music Award nominations, MTV Video Music Awards and NME Awards. From their early unforgettable hits including 'Mr Brightside' and 'Somedbody Told Me' to later anthems like 'When You Were Young' and 'Human' through to their annual charity Christmas singles, the band have constantly evolved with their hugely successful brand of pop indie-rock.
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A glorious synth-tinged melting pot of indie rock that will caress the eardrums. Formed in Leicester while still at school, they took their name from Linda Kasabian, one of the members of the Charles Manson cult. Their electronica-indie rock fusion akin to Primal Scream combined with the rough vocal style and unrepentant Mancunian swagger of Oasis has firmly established them as more than just a flash in the pan and injected a large dose of energy back into the Brit-rock scene.
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One of the pioneers of '90s Brit pop, Liam Gallagher rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock band Oasis, and later as the singer of Beady Eye, before performing as a solo artist after the dissolution of both previous bands. His erratic behaviour, distinctive singing style, and abrasive attitude have been the subject of commentary in the press; but he remains one of the most recognisable figures in modern British music.
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The Script are one of the world’s most successful bands, with 6 billion streams, 30 million single sales, 10.8 million album sales, over 12 million monthly Spotify listeners and 1.8 million ticket sales under their belts (as of 2019). Their music boasts the kind of artful twists sure to turn all preconceptions on their head. This is a whole new brand of Celtic Soul, blending hip hop lyrical flow with pop melodiousness, state-of-the-art R'n'B production with anthemic rock dynamics, classic song construction with gritty contemporary narratives.
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Northern Ireland's very own prodigal son with a unique combination of compositional ability and raw vocal talents. Equal parts blue-eyed soul shouter and wild-eyed poet-sorcerer, eccentric 'Van the Man' has steadily enchanted more and more fans throughout his prolific career.
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James Bay is an artist and songwriter from Hitchin. Only in his early twenties, he has already grasped a mature gravelled vocal. His influences include Corrine Bailey Rae, Bill Withers, Adele and James Taylor. Relying on his creative strengths as a guitarist and songwriter, Bay weaves together lyrical guitar work with pop-hook melodies, for a fresh take on the Rock/Pop genre. He’s been called “a folksier Ed Sheeran”, but also has a lot in common with fellow acoustic songwriter George Ezra.
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Blossoms are a mosaic five piece formed in Stockport, comprising of Tom Ogden, Charlie Salt, Josh Dewhurst, Joe Donovan and Myles Kellock. Psyche-pop riffs, vocal melodies, a film noir meets 60s aesthetic, a range of audible references from Arctic Monkeys via Abba to The Doors – Blossoms are Stockport’s newest (and arguably finest) musical export. "Manchester's Blossoms offer a lighter take on psychedelia, one that's steeped in classic British pop songwriting" - NME
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Multi Grammy nominated Cuban born singer/songwriter, Camila Cabello, first rose to fame as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony, formed during the second season of The X Factor in 2012. Cabello began to establish herself as a solo artist with the release of several collaborations, including 'Bad Things' with Machine Gun Kelly, which entered at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. After leaving Fifth Harmony in December 2016, she released the solo single 'Crying in the Club' to a modest performance. Refocusing her sound to Latin-influenced music, she released her debut solo album, CAMILA in January 2018 to rave reviews. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart at the same time as her single “Havana” Reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Camila the first solo artist in nearly 15 years to reach the #1 spot on the Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Artist 100 charts in the same week. The RIAA platinum-certified album, CAMILA, launched its debut at #1 on 110 iTunes charts around the world, breaking the record for most #1 positions for a debut album in iTunes history. Camila also became the #1 artist on global Spotify.
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Manic Street Preachers
Despite the much-publicised trials and tribulations they've gone through, James, Sean and Nicky remain the Kings of the Welsh music scene. Highly ideological, extremely patriotic and outrageously popular, having produced classic indie/rock cross-overs such as 'A Design For Life', 'You Love Us' and 'Motorcycle Emptiness'. Music with a message from a trio who've earnt the right to sing it.
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Chase & Status (DJ Set)
Chase (Will) & Status (Saul) have been hailed as 'the most exciting producers in the UK today'. They met at Manchester University through their mutual love of drum and bass in the mid nineties and have DJ'd ever since. Their frenetic formula of raging riffs and high octane breakdowns earned their acclaimed album 'No More Idols' double platinum status, whilst their baffling, on-the-fly manipulation of dirty, ferocious beats has attracted a devoted global fan base, who live and breathe that tumultuous bass driven sound.
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Chic featuring Nile Rodgers
Chic are an American disco and R&B band that were founded in 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards. The group, still fronted by Rodgers, are best known for hit songs including Le Freak, Dance Dance Dance, I Want Your Love, Good Times - the latter of which provided the bedrock of The Sugarhill Gang's A Rapper's Delight, the first multiple-platinum Hip Hop single. The group regard themselves as a rock band for the disco movement 'that made good on hippie peace, love and freedom'. In October 2012, Chic were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the seventh time. Nile Rodgers, whose 1958 Fender Stratocaster has played on an estimated $2bn worth of hit music, also has numerous producer credits to his name - including Let's Dance, David Bowie's biggest-selling album, and Madonna's blockbuster album Like a Virgin, plus records by Sister Sledge, Duran Duran and Diana Ross. In March 2013, Rodgers was profiled in the highly rated BBC4 documentary special, Nile Rodgers: The Hitmaker.
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Haçienda Classical is curated by Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, the DJs who shaped the Haçienda sound. Together with classical accompaniment from the Manchester Camerata and special guests, the seminal tracks that defined a generation at the original club are recreated and transformed into London’s biggest nightclub.
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British-Albanian mezzo-soprano RnB queen Rita Ora has been around for a while, but came to full prominence in 2012 when she provided the vocals for DJ Fresh's 'Hot Right Now', which topped the UK singles chart. Rita followed this with her own string of no.1 singles; 'R.I.P', 'How We Do (Party)' and 'I Will Never Let You Down'. Still keen on recording collaborations outside of her solo work, Rita has also teamed up with the likes of Charli XCX, Avicii and Iggy Azalea, amongst others. Outside of her music, Rita is a regular face for cosmetics and a former mentor and judge of TV talent show The Voice.
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Essex-born songwriter Jessie J has penned tunes for the likes of Alicia Keys, toured with Chris Brown and notably wrote Miley Cyrus's Number One billboard smash 'Party In The USA!' Jessie kicked off her solo career with 'Price Tag', the anti-materialistic anthem of its year, and an album that sold in its millions going platinum several times over. But that was just the beginning of a journey that would see Jessie become the first British woman in history to take six top ten singles from one album and never mind that it was her first outing.
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Dublin, Ireland-based modern rock quartet Kodaline specialize in soaring, radio-ready guitar rock that's drawn comparisons to Coldplay, Keane, U2, and Oasis. Formed in the working-class town of Swords around the talents of Steve Garrigan, Vinnie May, Jr., Jason Boland, and Mark Prendergast, the band were shortlisted for the BBC's Sound of 2013, but were beaten to the top spot by Haim. Their three albums to date have all hit the no.1 spot in their native Ireland, while reaching numbers 3, 4 and 15 respectively on the official UK album chart.
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Soul II Soul
Soul II Soul have been producing memorable quality music since the late eighties. They've sold over 6.8 million albums in 35 territories across the globe and appeared on over 100 compilation albums. Their Club Classics Vol. 1 album was named one of the top 50 British Albums Ever by Q Magazine. They began as a sound system in the early 80s, playing at various house blues parties, street parties and local youth clubs, adopting a unique style which became known as 'Funki Dred'. Soul II Soul signed to Virgin Records, and the rest is history. Tracks such as 'Keep On Movin' and 'Back To Life' have stood the test of time.
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Since they began in 1992, Newport's Welsh rockers Feeder have sold over 5 million records. Always exhilarating, always celebratory, singles like ‘Just The Way I’m Feeling’, ‘Buck Rogers’ ‘Feeling A Moment’ and ‘Lost And Found’ are just some of the 25 hits the band have enjoyed over the years, along with nine studio albums, six of which reached the UK top 10. There have been various line-up changes along the way, but Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose remain the force to keep feeding their music hungry fans.
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Known for their nervy, melodic indie rock, Britain's Circa Waves first gained buzz in the 2010's with hooky singles like 'Get Away' and 'Stuck in My Teeth'. The Liverpudlians earned favourable comparisons to the Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, and the Vaccines even before they hit the Top Ten with their debut, 2015's Young Chasers. Without shying away from their influences, the band has matured, while continuing their knack for crafting their own distinctively infectious, post-punk anthems.
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The American singer-songwriter blends rock, folk and pop into one mainstream sound, which has won her legions of fans around the world. She came onto the music scene in the early 90s and is best known for her hits 'All I Wanna Do', 'If It Makes You Happy', 'My Favourite Mistake' and 'Soak Up The Sun'.
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An soulful indie-blues singer-songwriter from Bedford, Tom studied acting at university, had a brief job at Costa Coffee then trained to be a professional footballer. This was all about to change, however, when his vocal talents were first discovered at a party while singing a cover of 'Seaside' by The Kooks after a few drinks too many. He then went on to become guest vocalist on Chase & Status's track 'When It All Goes Wrong' and his success story continues. Pretty soon Elton John was ringing him up to tell him how much he liked his music.
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Walking On Cars
A five piece, indie rock band from Dingle, Ireland who formed in 2010. The music is untypical of the current crop of Irish rock/pop contenders – by turns sweeping and indelibly tuneful, it quietly boasts a widescreen, cinematic quality and a keen sense of its own hook-driven significance. Lyrically, meanwhile, the overall themes address issues of social challenges, financial tribulations, personal angst and troubling matters of the heart/soul/head.
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1977 anarchy lives on as Richard Jobson's legendary Scottish punk band The Skids continue to wow the crowds. Perhaps best known for their '79 top ten hit 'Into The Valley', they became a major influence on later bands like Green Day and Manic Street Preachers. Via Pledgemusic, the boys celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2017 by releasing 'Burning Cities', their first new album in 35 years!
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Louise Redknapp is an English singer and media personality. She was a member of Eternal, an R&B girl group which debuted in 1993 with their quadruple-platinum studio album Always & Forever. In 1995, Louise departed the group for a solo career, in which she released the platinum-selling albums Naked (1996), Woman In Me (1997) and Elbow Beach (2000). Louise has sold over 15 million records in her home country, the United Kingdom. Aside from music, Redknapp is also a television presenter, and she has presented several television shows and was a judge on the UK version of So You Think You Can Dance. In 2016, she reached the final in the fourteenth series of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.
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Hertford singer-songwriter playing original songs on electric guitar with indie and alternative influences. Huw Stephens has already emerged as an influential fan, and has backed Ten Tonnes with regular airplay and even named him in his Alternative Tips for 2018 list. More support came from MistaJam, Phil Taggart, Jo Whiley, John Kennedy, Radio X and BBC Introducing, while MTV profiled him as a Get To Know breaking artist.
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Pioneer pianist / DJ Tokio Myers combines the purity of piano whilst triggering cinematic beats and wild sound effects; producing an evocative and transcending experience. Fusing his classical roots with EDM, Tokio creates a unique musical realm resulting in a thought provoking, spiritual and powerfully charged set. The multi-talented pianist, composer and producer, who stormed to victory on Britain's Got Talent in 2017, is a man on a mission. Fusing the classical music he fell in love with as a young child with the beats and textures of the dance music he immersed himself in in his teens, Tokio is a compelling example of what can happen when you throw away the rulebook.
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Formed by Paul Cook and Steve Jones, The Professionals arrived on the scene in 1979 following the demise of the Sex Pistols, but split just 3 years later. In celebration of the release of a three-disc set by the Universal Music Group, The Professionals reformed in October 2015 (minus Steve Jones and with the addition of Tom Spencer) for a critically acclaimed, sold out 100 Club show. Fast-forward to 2017 and the new band spearheaded by Paul Cook, Paul Myers and Tom Spencer are set to release the first material under the Professionals name in 35 years with the full blessing of founding member Steve Jones.
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Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, aka Southend boy Sam Duckworth, began touring in a beat-up car with a laptop, guitar and a brace of catchy, heartrending tunes. He seeks influence in his Britpop heroes Blur, The Streets, Super Furry Animals and Gomez, with his music being full of big ideas, sing-a-longs and shouty punk refrains.
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An acoustic pop singer / songwriter now based in London, originally from Bristol. With her sultry and rich voice, she has supported Macy Gray.
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'Judas are a four piece indie rock band hailing from all corners of the UK, based in London. The band have been together for around two years and have accomplished much in this time; releasing their self titled EP, performing at major festivals including Isle of Wight, Kendal Calling, Sound City, Y Not, Truck Festival, Tramlines and have even performed on the Main Stage at Leeds festival 2016. Furthermore they have played at many nationally renowned venues such as KOKO, Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Islington Assembly Hall and the Cavern. Alongside this JUDAS have many live performances up and down the country under their belt, including a live set on Soccer AM last year with Circa Waves. Furthermore the band have had numerous airplays on BBC introducing and XFM, as well as performing live for BBC introducing. Judas’ sound is most commonly compared to a combination of U2 and Kings of Leon with anthemic songs, huge sounds and timeless melodies making up the core of their repertoire. With other influences such as Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and Stereophonics, Judas create their unique style and deliver it live with exceptional energy and precision.'
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Rising country pop singer/songwriter from Northern Ireland, poised to become the first international crossover star from the burgeoning UK country scene.
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