THE Wight Noize showcase — with a coveted slot on the Isle of Wight Festival main stage up for grabs — takes place on Saturday night.

Six acts from Platform One College of Music will perform at Strings Bar and Venue, Newport, in the hope of opening the main stage at this year's festival.

Since the competition was launched by Platform One and the Isle of Wight Festival in 2002, 17 Island bands have played the main stage, and more than 800 bands and artists have performed on the festival's Platform One stage.

The college said it was a fantastic opportunity for emerging musicians, and a great way to encourage young talent.

Festival boss John Giddings said: "I am very proud to be a patron of Platform One.

"I think they do an incredible job of preparing young musicians for the reality of the music industry.

"I like helping people and my work with Platform One feels the right thing to do — they have integrity and they are good at what they do."

The acts, shortlisted from 14, for this year's Wight Noize showcase are Coyote Jungle, Honey Bones, Liam Burke, The Optimists, Sub Pacific and Vyne Collective.

They will each play a 20 minute set of original material in order to gain feedback from a panel of industry experts.

Each act shortlisted will perform on the Platform One stage, and one will be be selected by the panel to open the main stage on the Sunday of the festival.

The Wight Noize showcase takes place at Strings. Doors open at 7pm.

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