ONE lucky Island musician/band will perform on the same stage as Pulp, George Ezra, The Chemical Brothers and Robbie Williams at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival.

The Wight Noise initiative was created by Platform One, who have developed opportunities for young bands, artists and musicians on the Island since 1999.

The idea is to support emerging performers, aged between 16 and 24, actively seeking to take their next steps into the industry by offering the chance to perform their original music at a major music festival.

After submitting an application form, shortlisted artists and bands will be invited to play a live showcase at Strings Bar & Venue on Saturday, May 13, to a panel of industry guests.

Isle of Wight County Press: David Pontin, director of Platform OneDavid Pontin, director of Platform One (Image: Isle of Wight County Press)

One artist/band will be selected to open the festival’s main stage on Sunday, June 18, with the runners-up offered a performance slot on the Platform One Stage based in the main arena.

David Pontin, director of Platform One, said: "We are excited to see the return of the live music showcase for the shortlisted winners this year.

“All submissions will be viewed by an industry panel, who will carefully select acts that are ready to perform at such an iconic festival.

“This is such a unique opportunity for Island bands to get involved with, and we are excited to see what new music the 2023 Wight Noize applications will bring us.”

Isle of Wight County Press: Isle of Wight Festival boss John GiddingsIsle of Wight Festival boss John Giddings (Image: Sienna Anderson)

John, managing director of Solo (IW Festival), said: “I think they [Platform One] 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.”

Young Island musicians can apply online until Friday, March 31, via the Platform One website.