3 weeks to go until the Isle of Wight Festival 2015 and new areas this year include the Strongbow Tree, the Bulmers’ Colourarena , Jack Rocks Stage, Electro Love and Cabaret Noir, as well as more entertainment for young families.
Strongbow Tree will be visible from all around the site. This 12 metre-high installation is topped with a DJ booth to entertain guests into the night. Festival goers can relax on loungers or dance away in the pavilion, enjoying games, giveaways and sampling from Strongbow.
Bulmers Colourena is an experience like no other, where everyone can head down to cheer, laugh, singalong or get involved in quirky challenges as teams battle it out for prizes.
Jack Rocks Stage – Jack Daniel’s has teamed up with rock ’n’ roll clubnight This Feeling to showcase emerging talent and host special guest slots from the likes of Zutons’ frontman Dave McCabe.
Electro Love – Transporting festival goers back to the 80s, this tent is packed with video games, BMX bikes, UV lights and bubble parties. Take a trip down memory lane and dance along to a soundtrack of DJ battles and tribute acts.
Cabaret Noir – This adult only venue plays host to the weird and wonderful. Set in a beautiful garden there is the chance to meet contortionists, burlesque performers, a peep show, fortune tellers, snake charmers and circus acts who all inhabit this magical area.
Kids Zone-At the other end of the scale, the free Kids Zone is set to entertain children and parents alike with a dedicated stage welcoming comedians, magicians and a puppet theatre. Young families can get into the festival spirit with more activities than ever before – circus workshops, a craft tent and costumes as well as singing sessions, story-telling and a Mother and Baby tent for the really little ones.
Returning this year will be Intoxicated Tea Rooms, Zebra Champagne Bar and Ace Casino, Hipshaker Lounge, Hey Joe Rock Bar and Hard Rock Stage and Garden as well as The Bohemian Woods.
And now across the Island there is the chance to win Festival Tickets as organisers have revealed the recipients of its brand new local charity initiative, which was launched in February. A total of 20 pairs of tickets to this year’s festival worth £10,000 were donated towards the initiative, which invited charities and good causes on the island to enter a ballot system and apply for tickets to use in fundraising activities.
20 local charities were selected from the 60 which applied. All had to outlined how they would best use the highly desirable tickets. Successful charities and causes decided on fundraising activities ranging from raffles, online auctions, a pop-up shop and a music-themed competition and include: Challenge & Adventure, Isle of Wight Search and Rescue, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat, Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Freshwater Independent Lifeboat, Ryde Inshore Rescue, Alzheimer’s Society, Isle of Wight Music Centre, British Red Cross, Independent Arts and Isle of Wight Society for the Blind.
Isle of Wight Festival organiser John Giddings said: “We had a great response to our new local charity initiative and I’m pleased to be able to offer our support by donating tickets towards local fundraising activities. We aim to bring the island community closer to the festival through supporting charities and other good causes and it’s great to launch some new initiatives this year to supplement our existing relationships”