Discover new sounds on England's largest Island!
Created by the award-winning team behind Ventnor Fringe, the Ventnor International Festival on 11 August 2017 is the Isle of Wight's unique take on the metropolitan/city based music festival. Featuring a carefully curated line up of the most exciting emerging artists from across the UK and beyond, it's the festival where you could discover the next big thing.


logoA single ticket provides access to a whole range of interesting venues, each hosting gigs spanning rock, garage, electronic, hip hop and jazz.

The Ventnor International Festival is held to coincide with the Ventnor Fringe and it's the best time of the year to discover the Island's blossoming cultural scene.

TICKETS: Early Bird £25 / Standard £30 (+Booking Fees)

Happyness, Girl Ray, Her's, Elder Island, Bad Sounds and Puma Blue are the first acts to be confirmed for this new festival of emerging talent on Friday 11th August 2017. Around 20 acts are set to be announced in total to play intimate shows throughout Ventnor, providing the perfect backdrop to discover new music from across the UK and beyond.

London based Happyness are an alternative rock three piece whose debut record Weird Little Birthday on Moshi Moshi Records has become a firm favourite of ours.

Lo-f, slacker rock that perfectly matches a lazy summer afternoon. Their second LP 'Write In' is released on April 7th.

Fellow Moshi Moshi signing Girl Ray who released their new single today (20th Feb) following the release of ‘Trouble’ which we’ve been singing along to since we first heard it. 

The band will be heading to VIF fresh from supporting Slow Club on tour.

Heading to the Island from Liverpool will be Her’s a young duo whose first releases blend the sounds of Mac Demarco and Kurt Ville. We’re big fans.

Bath based Bad Sounds are definitely ones to watch with their retro sound that channels hip hop and Beck, and has led to their new single ‘Wages’ being crowned ‘Hottest record in the world’ by Annie Mac.

Elder Island are a collective who’ve been making big waves in their hometown of Bristol with their soulful electronic pop/trip-hop sound.

Their new EP was mixed by Sam Wheat (Rihanna, Amy Winehouse) and Liam Nolan (Adele, Ellie Goulding) so we’re expecting big things!

Finally Puma Blue aka Jacob Allen is part of a range of south London artists who have had us enthralled as we enter 2017.

A subtle, dark and jazzy sound reminiscent of Kid Krule with incredible vocals. This is sure to be a real highlight.

Getting to the Ventnor International Festival is easy via Southampton.

By car - catch the ferry to East Cowes and then head south on Dover Road. Take the A3021, Briddlesford Rd, A3056 and B3327 to Steephill Down Rd in Ventnor. It will take about 30 minutes.

On foot - catch the Red Jet to West Cowes. From here, Southern Vectis operate frequent buses (service 1) to Newport where you can change at the bus station for Ventnor (service 3). Taxis are also available outside the West Cowes Red Jet terminal. For car hire, we recommend Enterprise - they will pick you-up from the Red Jet if you tell them your arrival time.