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Get the Gig on the Isle of Wight

Fri 21 Feb 2014

Get the Gig on the Isle of Wight

There's nothing like live music, and there's certainly nothing like the Isle of Wight's vibrant music scene. As well as playing host to the internationally famous eponymous festival, there's a huge variety of local talent to be uncovered here.

In the spirit of this, four much-loved Isle of Wight pubs will be celebrating the nearby music scene, with a mini music festival taking place on four dates across the end of February and first three weeks of March.

The Dairyman's Daughter in Arreton Barns, the Steamer Inn on the Shanklin Esplanade, the Spyglass Inn in Ventnor and the Bargeman's Rest in Newport will all be participating in the event, which hopes to attract solo artist acts, duos, trios or bands.

However, this is more than just a mini music festival - this is actually an X-Factor style competition, and while Simon Cowell won't be on the judging panel, the prize is still enviable - a year of paid gigs on the Isle of Wight as a musician.

The first three events at the Dairyman's Daughter, Steamer Inn and Spyglass Inn will be live heats, with acts being eliminated or promoted to the next one depending on their performance and the judges' scores.

March 20th at the Bargeman's Rest will be given over to the live final which is sure to be pretty spectacular, with the best of the island's legendary local talent battling it out.

The event is being supported by IW Radio and is likely to attract a big audience among the locals, as whoever wins will be turning up in their pubs every week for the next year.

If you're into your music, it would be a crime to miss out on this amazing competition, so book yourself a ferry as soon as possible lest you miss out on the first date. If you're feeling confident, don't forget to take your guitar along.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801696449-ADNFCR

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