From legends of the yesteryear to modern hitmakers, on Tuesday, Isle of Wight musicians attended the official launch party a free exhibition bringing together eight decades of vinyl. 

Needles in the Groove is showcasing records by Level 42, The Bees, Craig Douglas, Grade 2, Lauran Hibberd and more, until December 8, at The Depozitory in Ryde

At the launch, Stu Spiller, frontman of grunge rockers Panda Swim and Paul Armfield were among the performers. 

Legendary IOW Cherokees member, Brian Sharpe, also took to the stage.

Isle of Wight County Press: Brian Sharp from the Cherokees was at the launchBrian Sharp from the Cherokees was at the launch (Image: Taylor Knight)

Isle of Wight County Press: Plastic Mermaids seek out their part of the displayPlastic Mermaids seek out their part of the display (Image: Makenzi Holder)

He was joined by blues singer Angelina for a couple of tracks and Brian’s records from the 1960s are among those on display. 

A plethora of Island musicians were also on hand, including Froglands PK and members of Plastic Mermaids, who also provided some framed photos to show off. 

Half of the indie rock band Coach Party, Steph Norris and Guy Page,  were also present. In the last few weeks, Coach Party have released their debut albums and completed a huge European tour. 

Ben Stubbs was also there.

Isle of Wight County Press: Stu Spiller from Panda SwimStu Spiller from Panda Swim (Image: Makenzi Holder)

Isle of Wight County Press: Paul ArmfieldPaul Armfield (Image: Makenzi Holder)

On show are signed records by the likes of Uffa Fox and Mark King, from the collection of the late journalist and broadcaster, John Hannam, who died in 2021. 

The earliest 78rpm records on display date back to the 1940s, while some of the exhibits are so new that they are not due for release until the end of the year.

Needles in the Groove: 80 Years of IOW Vinyl Records is curated by Isle of Wight record label, Wight Vinyl, with support from Newport’s AAA Records. 

Isle of Wight County Press: Records on displayRecords on display (Image: Taylor Knight)