Scooterists have been descending upon the Isle of Wight since the 1950s when owning a scooter was part and parcel of being a mod along with wearing sharp suits, parka jackets and liking Northern Soul, Ska, Beat and R&B music.

This year the Isle of Wight Scooter Rally is between 25-28 August 2017.

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Back in the day, Mods would race down to the south coastal towns, including those around the Island, to show off their customised scooters and party hard over bank holiday weekends.

The fashion peaked in the early to mid 60s and these weekends would coincide with rallies by the rival 'rockers' who rode motorbikes, liked rock and heavy metal music and favoured leathers and long hair. This led to a few unpleasant altercations between the different sub-cultures and local opposition meant that rallies were discouraged for a while.

But the tradition never completely died out on the Isle of Wiight and although numbers dwindled through the early seventies there was a revival towards the end of the decade with scooterist rallies back on track by the early eighties. Now it is the August bank holiday that sees the greatest number coming to the Island in what is one of the biggest gatherings in the world.

The rally is organised by the VFM scootering collective and people come from all over Britain as well as from places like Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, USA and even Australia! 

The atmosphere is really friendly these days and the rally has become an annual attraction in its own right. Most scooterists choose to camp at Smallbrook Stadium and Kite Hill Farm camp site in Wootton is another popular choice, although others take advantage of local hotels and B&Bs.

See the What's On section for details of the different events including the famous Sunday ride out.

Isle of Wight Scooter Rally at the Balcony Bars August Bank Holiday Weekend.

As part of the world famous IOW Scooter Rally there is some top class entertainment over the weekend at the Balcony Bars, that all are welcome too.

 

Starting Friday the 25th of August – with THE SMALL FAKERS

One of the finest tributes you will ever see, the UK's only tribute to the sensational Small Faces. Hits galore at every show including All Or Nothing, Itchycoo Park, Lazy Sunday and many more mixed in with B-sides and rare gems from the Small Faces' back catalogue. A visual and musical feast for all Small Faces fans or just fans of great music!!

With The Hi-watts who will be Performing A Tribute to the "BEST" of British Rock/Mod/Punk Music, from the 60's through to the 90's. Guitar smashing, Microphone twirling & Drum crashing their way through The Who, Small Faces, Rolling Stones, The Jam, Oasis, Sex Pistols, Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller, The Undertones, The Buzzcocks, The Creation, and many others.

Come and join us for an evening of PURE ROCK THEATRE!

First band 8.45pm Tickets only £12.50

 

Saturday 26th August, DAVE WAKELING'S - THE BEAT

You just can’t stop The Beat!

One of the biggest bands of the early 80’s 2-Tone movement, Led by Dave Wakeling the songwriter and original lead singer, The Beat will be the gig of the weekend. Dave has lived in the USA for over thirty years and rarely plays in the UK, so we are so pleased that after 4 years of chasing we have finally persuaded him to fly over with his amazing band to play for us.

Formed in Birmingham in 1978, the Beat (known in North America as the English Beat) have released three albums to date, & are known the world over for a string of hit singles, including ,Mirror in the Bathroom!, Too Nice To Talk To ,Can’t Get Used To Losing You, and Hands off She’s Mine. Their songs of peace, love and unity fuse ska, pop, reggae and punk rock and their dynamic live show has ensured them a loyal following at home and abroad.

Supported by. Marquis Drive, who are the ultimate UK no 1 Madchester/Britpop/indie band. They replicate cult anthems from mainly the 90s such as Bittersweet (The Verve), Step On (Happy Mondays), Resurrection (The Stone Roses), Sit Down (James), and many more from iconic bands such as The Farm. The Charlatans, Inspiral Carpets, Ocean Colour Scene, Oasis, Shed Seven and many more. Marquis Drive have spent many years touring up and down the country supporting the likes of Dodgy, The Farm, Reverend & the Makers, Space, The Wonderstuff, Shed Seven and well known bands. Their infectious live performance is second to none leaving the crowd hungry for more. They do not disappoint and for this show they will be adding Ska & Northern Soul Anthems.

Doors 8pm Bands on early Djs til 2.30am Tickets only £14.00

 

Sunday 28th August - THE SIGNATURES

The Signatures are a ten piece Northern Soul Band from Essex, has been described as one of the best live acts around. The Signatures put their own expression to many classic Northern Soul numbers, creating a true balance between authentic and modern in sound. As a headline act The Signatures give a full set of passion and energy guaranteeing to get an audience get “Out on the Floor”.

Supported by the amazing band THE FLiKS with their Final Ever Performance Its sad to say goodbye to this amazing band, but we are certain they will go out on a high with an amazing last and final performance. The Fliks, are High Energy Girls Of The 1960's, Playing The Coolest Motown, Decca, Soul, Spector & Euro Swinging Girls, the Fliks a seven piece band that specialise in covering hits from 1960's era girl groups and solo artists. The line-up of three female vocals and four piece band strike the perfect balance between authenticity and originality in their effort to capture the British Cavern era . For a quality night to end the rally and to say good bye to an amazing band!! Djs till 1.30am Tickets only £10

Getting to Smallbrook Stadium for the Scooter Rally is easy from Southampton

By scooter - catch the ferry to East Cowes and then head south on the A3021 and then east on the A3054 to Firestone Copse Rd in Wootton Bridge. Turn right into Firestone Copse Rd. Drive along Stroud Wood Rd and Carters Rd. Turn left onto Havenstreet Main Rd. Turn right onto Stroud Wood Rd. At the roundabout, continue straight onto Carters Rd. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Ashey Rd and Smallbrook Stadium (PO33 4BH). The journey will take about 20-25 minutes.