Posted on March 18, 2024

Do you want to play Barclaycard presents the Isle of Wight Festival?

Wight Noize Returns!

What if there was a way to step onto the same stage as international rock royalty Green Day at  IOW2024? . . . That dream could become reality for local young musicians.

The Wight Noize initiative was conceived by Platform One, who have continuously strived to develop opportunities for young bands, artists, and musicians resident on the island since 1999.

Wight Noize is a mechanism to support young musicians on the Isle of Wight, which requires artists and bands to submit an application form with links to audio, video, and online promotion. The idea is to support emerging performers who are actively seeking to take their next steps into the industry, by providing them with the opportunity to perform their original music at a major music festival.

"Having been through this process exactly 21 years ago with Wight Noize winners ‘The Nautical Theme’, it is so exciting that this opportunity still exists. There is no buzz like playing the mainstage of a music festival.

Andy Booth – Music Industry Liaison, Platform One

Shortlisted artists and bands will be invited to play a live showcase at Strings Bar & Venue on Thursday 25th April, to a panel of industry guests. One artist/band will be selected to open the festival’s mainstage on Sunday 23rd June, with the runner’s up being offered a performance slot on the ‘Platform One Stage’, which is based in the main arena.

"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 2024 Wight Noize applications will bring us.

David Pontin – Education Director, Platform One

Platform One has been involved in the festival since its rebirth in 2002. Opportunities for young musicians at the festival have evolved each year thanks to the commitment of John Giddings, who is one of Platform One’s patrons.

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.

John Giddings, Managing Director, Solo (Isle of Wight Festival)

These unique opportunities for young musicians on the island confirm the ongoing support from Solo, the festival organisers.

Solo is extremely supportive of the ethos and work of Platform One. It is an amazing opportunity for young musicians to be involved in such a prestigious and successful festival.

David Pontin – Education Director, Platform One

This year Platform One have teamed up with Amplead, who have designed a flawless ‘Apply To Play’ process that improves both the artist submission experience and the shortlisting process.

The Wight Noize Winners:

The industry panel will decide on one act that is deserving of playing the main stage on Sunday of the Festival. This is full VIP treatment as well as the opportunity to play on the Platform One Stage during the weekend. This is certainly an incredible opportunity and one not to miss, so if you want to get involved in Wight Noize 2024 you can apply to play here.

Important - Registration Requirements & Terms

  1. To register:
    Must be submitted by Sunday 7 April by 9.00pm. Late registrations will not be accepted.
  2. Selected acts must be willing and available to perform at least a 30-minute set of original songs on the Platform One Stage at Barclaycard presents the Isle of Wight Festival.
  3. All acts must be able to demonstrate that they actively promote themselves online.
  4. Musicians may only register and perform in one act/band/ensemble (multiple registrations will be disregarded).
  5. All musicians must be resident on the Isle of Wight (proof of residence may be asked for).
  6. All musicians must be aged between 16 to 24 years (proof of date of birth may be required).
  7. All band members must be available to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival – no substitutions will be permitted.
  8. Submitted information will kept electronically by Platform One and Amplead. This information will not be shared with any other parties and will be permanently deleted after the IOW Festival 2024.
  9. Platform One reserve the right to refuse an application if the included information is deemed to be falsified, or if any information provided is inaccurate / incomplete.
  10. All artists/band members provide photography/videography consent for marketing purposes, including appearing on (and being tagged in) social media posts/reels/stories/video content.

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