Isle of Wight Festival 2018

Whoever’s decision it was – whether it was new owners Live Nation, promoter John Giddings, or indeed Solo Music Agency – to move the Isle of Wight Festival to Glastonbury weekend, it turned out to be a masterstroke. Not only was the sun blazing for four days straight with not even a sign of any clouds, let alone rain, but it was one of the busiest Isle of Wight weekends since its reformation back in 2002, as seemingly everyone filled the fallow year void across the Solent.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the very first year back in 1968 (which saw the likes of Jefferson Airplane, T. Rex and Fairport Convention flock to the island), this year too had a suitable amount of legends in the form of Nile Rodgers, Van Morrison and Depeche Mode, as well as enough new music to keep it feeling as fresh and vital as ever. One thing the Isle of Wight Festival has always done well is straddle generations, as well as genres, and this year was no different. Like so few festivals, the age range must have stretched from five to 80, and everyone was there for a good time.


Isle of Wight festival launches Golden God and Goddess competition

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, the Isle of Wight festival 2018 will appoint one lucky festival goer as a ‘Golden God/Goddess’ to receive an exclusive backstage experience.

On Saturday 23rd June festival goers will be dressed in their best gold finery to celebrate the festival’s golden jubilee and at 2pm will gather at the helter skelter in Strawberry Fields where the best dressed will be anointed as a ‘Golden God/Goddess’. The winner will receive a champagne picnic, a backstage tour and access to the pit, to watch the action from the Main Stage.


Blossoms – Interview 2018

The Stockport five-piece Blossoms caught the imagination with their debut album of 2016, which sailed to number one in the album charts. It was quite an achievement, but this young band's propensity for producing straight ahead classic pop fare with an 80s vibe, hit the mark big time. As will, almost certainly, the new album, Cool Like You. A bit shinier, and more synth-driven, it's still full to the brim of catchy, melodic pop-rockers that will take them to another, more rarefied level.


Blossoms – Cool Like You

Never mind Cool Like You, this album could have been titled Festival Season Soundtrack Volume 2018. Destined to be heard on main stages all across the globe this year, it is a big, bold, shiny pop album that will likely take the Stockport lads to even greater heights than their self-titled chart-topping debut album of 2016. Forget all the ‘difficult-second-album’ rumours, definitely forget that contrived media ‘spat’ between frontman and lyricist Tom Ogden and drummer Joe Donovan. This is the real deal.


Cool Like You

Less than two years since the Stockport five-piece Blossoms rose to the top of the charts with their Mercury-nominated debut album, they’re back with a new album Cool Like You to be released 27th April.

Just last month there was speculation that Blossoms were in some choppy waters, and could be splitting up following a heated Twitter spat between frontman Tom Ogden and drummer Joe Donovan last month. They then set up a helpline for confused fans to soothe their fears!