WITH a slot on the Isle of Wight Festival main stage up for grabs, young musicians gave it their all at the Wight Noize showcase.

Six acts from Platform One College of Music performed at String's Bar and Venue, Newport, on Saturday.

The annual showcase supports new and emerging musicians, giving them live experience an invaluable feedback from a panel of industry experts.

After each played a 20 minute set of original material — no covers allowed — Sub Pacific were awarded the coveted festival slot.

They will now open the main stage at the festival on Sunday, June 16.

Lead vocalist Aaron Taylor said: "I'm speechless, honestly. It still hasn't quite sunk in yet, it was so hard to say who was gonna win.

"It was such an amazing experience. To play in front of the panel alone was a dream come true, let alone the opportunity to play on the same stage as Biffy Clyro and Rick Astley."

The other acts, Coyote Jungle, Honey Bones, Liam Burke, The Optimists and Vyne Collective, will perform on the festival's Platform One Stage.

Isle of Wight 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."

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