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Isle of Wight folk heritage to be celebrated at Laika gig

Fri 20 Dec 2013

Isle of Wight folk heritage to be celebrated at Laika gig

Music-lovers are to be given a unique chance to join some of the Isle of Wight's best-loved folk stars at an intimate album launch in the new year.
 
Laika, who have been at the forefront of the island's neo-folk movement for years, with members having previously been in several notable bands including the much-celebrated Wild Oats, will take to the stage of Quay Arts in Newport on Saturday December 25th.
 
As well as performing songs from their extensive back-catalogue, the group will premiere the songs that make up their newest EP, with the tunes promising to blend local influences with wider tastes.
 
Since the current line-up was cemented over a year ago, Laika have been going from strength-to-strength, just like the Isle of Wight's music scene as a whole.
 
Not only have they played the main stage at the Green Man Festival, they've also been on tour with established big name bands such as the Magic Numbers and are tipped for even bigger and brighter things.
 
Music fans unable to make the EP launch party are still able to dive right into the vibrant cultural scene on the island, with Quay Arts one of the best places to enjoy up-and-coming talent.
 
Every Monday, for example, the venue hosts its popular Acoustic Night, showcasing the best in local folk music, while it also holds regular concerts by touring acts from all over the world.
 
Plus, of course, the island is home to the legendary Isle of Wight Music Festival, as well as relative newcomer Bestival, both of which attract tens of thousands of fans and big-name bands from right across the world.
 
On a more local level, the island is home to dozens of pubs and community halls where visitors are able to get a taste of the contemporary folk scene.
 
Among the most-popular locations among folk fans is the Portland Inn in the village of Gunnard, where regular concerts, as well as open mic nights take place.

 

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