FESTIVAL PREVIEW: ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL

Isle of Wight Festival

Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight, 16-18 June 2022

Words by Gary Lambert

Each year at Isle of Wight Festival, This Feeling‘s tent is the place to be if you want to watch the most exciting new bands on the circuit. We’re getting along to the festival to watch some of our favourite acts, and hopefully pick up a new favourite or two along the way. You can sneak off to watch acts like Muse, Lewis Capaldi, Kasabian, The Amazons, Wet Leg… if you want to too. The festival is nicely compact too, no bleeding between the stages, but you won’t have to schedule half an hour to walk between them either.

Plus getting the ferry across the Solent is one of the most exciting ways to get to a festival too. I’ll have my camera ready for that!

Ones to Watch

Velvet Starlings. (Friday 5.35pm)
This California band are on a debut tour of UK at the moment, and they are one of the most exciting acts we’ve seen in quite some time. Their show at EBGBs in Liverpool recently was stunning. You know a band is good when the family of a support band who have been quietly standing at the back suddenly start dancing and getting closer to the front. Velvet Starlings play with personality and you cannot help but want them to do well.

Bedside Manners (Sunday 2.30pm)
You’re going to see a big set from Bedside Manners that is guaranteed. Every time they get on stage they look to send things stratospheric with power, heart, and blistering tunes. Their mid-afternoon set is going to be perfect for getting you hyped up for the final hurrah of the festival. Bedside Manners have a classic British indie band setup and sound which people will love.

Megan Wyn (Sunday 5.10pm)
Oh this girl can sing, and I mean SING!!! The first time I heard Megan Wyn I was wandering through a bar looking for my mates during soundcheck and I just had to stop and listen. She has a warm, luxurious vocal not unlike Lia from The Mysterines, but without the bombastic blues backing, you’re really able to take in each note she hits. Megan Wyn is going to be massive.

Fitzroy Holt (Saturday 10.30pm)
With a beautiful voice and poetic lyrics, Fitzroy Holt is ready to blow your mind. On the back of new single Medicine (out now on This Feeling Records) I cannot wait to catch their performance. I haven’t seen them yet, but this is an act that I’m so excited for. Even if they are up against Kasabian for festival goers attention, you won’t lose out by spending some time in the tent I’m sure.

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