The Isle of Wight is a hotbed of incredible musical talent and here at Eklectica we’re dedicated to supporting local musicians. We’re delighted to have Platform One College of Music back at Eklectika 2018. Students will be performing on the main stage, as well as several acoustic acts across the site across the weekend of 7-9 September. The opening slots on the Main Stage on both Saturday and Sunday will feature original bands formed at the College.
Opening the stage on Saturday at midday will be Vyne! A 5-piece modern rock band, Vyne are influenced by Jeff Buckley, Muse and Nothing But Thieves. Combining electronic sounds with organic rock and blues music, you can find out more over on their Facebook page.
The following day, on Sunday 9th September, the main stage will be opened by the amazing Honey Bones. Having formed just under a year ago at Platform One College of Music, Hunny Bones have spent their time writing fresh, original music. Numerous live performances later, they’ve got a fresh, exciting and vibrant new sound! Find out more over on their Facebook page.
Platform One is an independent, not for profits Music College based in Newport. Now, with a proven nineteen-year track record, the college continues to have a significant impact on music education. This a boutique music college with outstanding facilities, outstanding results and outstanding links with the music industry.
Accredited courses include a full time BA (Hons) in Commercial Music, a post-16 BTEC Extended Diploma in Music and a Saturday Rock School programme aimed at 12 to 16 year olds.
Saturday theme announced as TROPICAL PARTY
It’s out with the wellies and in with the neon flamingos as we announce our tropical rave theme for Saturday festivalgoers.
We’re encouraging everyone to dig out their brightest clothing, get creative with neon paint and experiment with colour at this year’s festival from 7-9th September.
As darkness falls over Eklectica, that’s when the theme will really come alive, as glowing crowds of colour will guide the way to the Neon Jungle…
Situated in the hedonistic area of Eklectica, the Neon Jungle is where everyone can embrace the tropical rave vibe. The Disco Shed will be open all hours playing the best party anthems as well as top DJ sets and the African marquee adopts the neon theme too. Decorated with colourful UV paint, the marquee is where people can go to glow themselves up, enjoy the Neon Jungle cocktail bar and rave until the sun rises again.
To mark the reveal of this year’s tropical neon theme, we’re are also giving away a pair of tickets to the festival, as well as a UV paint make-over and all the accessories festivalgoers will need to rave from day to night! Stay tuned on Facebook for more information.
The tropical theme will be an electric way to start the Saturday and get everyone in the festival spirit as the likes of Scouting for Girls, the Noisettes and the Hoosiers hit up the main stage.
Rob Holgate is the Event Director for Eklectica and said: “We really wanted to come back with a bang this year and deliver a weekend that people will remember forever. And, people always remember a theme! Robin Hill Country Park is a magical place, day and night, but when contrasted with glowing festivalgoers and great music, it really comes into its own.”
A festival that encourages people to step out of their comfort zone, explore new music and immerse themselves in festival culture, Eklectica is back, and ready to rave!
Set sail for this not-to-be-missed festival, tickets for Eklectica are available from £25 and include day, weekend and weekend camping tickets. With easy access from Southampton and Portsmouth, those that book their tickets through the Eklectica website can now claim 25% discounted ferry travel with Red Funnel ferries and 20% discounted ferry travel with Wightlink ferries!
Complete your Festival Bucket List at Eklectica 2018!
There are certain things that are synonymous with music festivals, from muddy wellies to daring fashion choices. We’re encouraging revellers to complete their ultimate festival bucket list with a top ten list of fun-filled activities!
1. Get glittered from top to toe!
The festival craze that everyone wants to try, body glitter, is being taken to a whole new level at Eklectica where you can literally get your entire body covered in the shiny stuff! If you’d rather just a little glitter to compliment your makeup though, there’s less daring options available too!
2. Discover new music!
You’ve got so much music to choose from this year at Eklectica that you’re sure to uncover a new artist or style during the weekend. From pop sensation Pixie Lott, to rapper Tinchy Strider and internationally renowned pop-rock band The Hoosiers, you can opt to stick to what you know or uncover something new!
3. Do yoga at 7am!
Eklectica isn’t just your average music festival. The unique festival has a big focus on wellbeing with morning awakening sessions available for you to re-charge and get ready for the day ahead. Experience yoga and a whole host of other activities.
4. Go crazy on the fancy dress!
Music festivals are renowned for their funky and eccentric fashion choices and Eklectica is no different. So, grab some face paint and brightly coloured clothes and get creative! Keep an eye out for the Neon Jungle area too where fluorescents will be in abundance!
5. Improve your Insta game!
An amazing Insta shot is a festival necessity and there’s plenty of opportunity to grab that hero image at Eklectica. Whether it’s a selfie in front of the huge festival sign, an arty shot in the woodland or an incredible image of some on-stage action, keep your social media covered with jealousy-inducing images all weekend!
6. Make friends with your tent neighbours.
Festivals are a great opportunity to meet new people and Eklectica’s range of fantastic camping facilities means there is an opportunity to create a real community atmosphere on the Isle of Wight!
7. Be at one with nature!
The idyllic scenery and tranquil surroundings of Robin Hill Country Park’s 88 acres provide the perfect opportunity to truly get away from modern life and become one with nature. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to leave your creature comforts behind…there’s even free showers available on site!
8. Experience Festival Flavours!
Food plays a big role at music festivals and Eklectica will have a diverse range of stalls throughout the weekend. You can choose to start your day with either a hearty or healthy breakfast option courtesy of the woodland Heartwood Bar and Brasserie.
9. Watch the sun rise.
Once you are done partying why not stay up late and take in the beautiful sun rise with friends over the stunning Isle of Wight scenery?
10. Silent disco the night away!
These are always great fun and Eklectica’s silent disco is sure to get people on their feet and dancing long into the night. So dance machines, movers and shakers…this one’s for you!
Call off the search! Indie Trio, Freazy, are confirmed as winner of our ‘Fresh Talent Search’
Freazy came through Eklectica’s ‘Fresh Talent Search’ competition, which was launched back in March and gave local acts the opportunity to win the prize of becoming an official festival act. Wowing the judges, which included icons of the music industry, Toploader, Freazy are now set to become an official festival act, performing to thousands as they precede Saturday’s headline act.
Speaking of the win, vocalist and guitarist, Anna Rice, said:
“We are really happy and are going to be looking forward to it all summer! Thanks to everyone for a great opportunity and to those who let us borrow their instruments when ours broke!”
On 26 April, four shortlisted finalists;Lewis Shepperd, Dayita, Connexion and Freazy gathered at the festival’s home, Robin Hill Country Park, for the live final of the ‘Fresh Talent Search’ where they each performed three songs for judges.
Behind the final decision was a panel of judges made up of festival organisers, industry experts and extra special guests, alt-rock band, Toploader! Known around the world as the band behindDancing in the Moonlight, Toploader are icons in the music industry and were able to give their expert opinion on the acts. Toploader will be headlining the Eklectica stage on Sunday.
Rob Holgate is the Event Director for Eklectica and spoke highly of Freazy’s addition to the line-up and the festival’s dedication to supporting local talent: “As a festival that features a wide range of music genres, I think it’s important for us to not only provide entertainment in the form of current musicians, but to also give festivalgoers the chance to see the talent of the future, as these artists could one day go on to headline festivals like ours.”
“All of the judging panel were taken aback by the sheer scope of talent that buzzed around the venue on Thursday, and reaching a decision wasn’t easy. On balance though, Freazy just had that something extra special; they knew how to read the audience and how to dominate the stage with a vibrant performance.”
Pixie Lott and the Noisettes headlining Isle of Wight’s Eklectica festival this September
Two of the UK’s most successful music acts, Pixie Lott and the Noisettes are heading to the Isle of Wight this September as the confirmed headline acts for the high-spirited music festival, Eklectica.
Popstar, Pixie Lott, and indie rock band, the Noisettes, are the latest artists to be confirmed for the festival which returns to the Isle of Wight’s enchanting Robin Hill Country Park on Friday 7 – Sunday 9 September.
The multi-award-winning artists will help close the festival on the Sunday and perform to the thousands of festival goers expected to turn out for the music festival.
FRIDAY NIGHT HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED
Tinchy Stryder and Reggie Yates have now been announced as the Friday night line-up for Eklectica, the boutique music festival @ Robin Hill Country Park taking place on 7th, 8th and 9th September. They join the line-up of Scouting for Girls and The Hoosiers who will be performing on the Saturday night and The Fratellis and Toploader performing on the Sunday night.
Eklectica is also pleased to invite back to Robin Hill, the Disco Shed who will be performing throughout the weekend, including Friday night. More weekend acts still to-be announced.
Tickets for Friday night’s line-up are limited and only available with Weekend Camping tickets (all include Friday night) and the Early Bird Weekend Non-Camping tickets which provide Friday night free, but these are selling out fast!
2018 Headliners Announced
The Fratellis, Scouting for Girls, The Hoosiers and Toploader are among the first bands to be announced as headliners for Eklectica 2018, the boutique music festival @ Robin Hill Country Park taking place on 7th, 8th and 9th September 2018. Scouting for Girls will headline Saturday night supported by The Hoosiers and The Fratellis will headline Sunday supported by Toploader. Friday night’s headliners are yet to be announced.
First release tickets will be on sale from Thursday 14th December at 8am and will include a limited number of Weekend Camping tickets including Friday night at £75 per adult and £55 for a young person (10-17 years).
The first 500 Weekend non-camping tickets sold (£60 per adult and £50 for a young person) will also include exclusive access to Friday night. Day tickets (Saturday or Sunday) are £30 per adult and £25 per young person. Under 9’s are FREE! For details and to purchase tickets visit : www.eklectica.live
James Crofts, Robin Hill Park Manager, said, “We’re really excited about the line-up for Eklectica 2018. Building on our first year’s event, we’ve taken onboard feedback and we’re going bigger with a three day weekend, camping onsite, acclaimed talent, free kids tickets and great early bird offers. More acts will be announced in the New Year.”
Scouting for Girls – throughout their immensely successful career they’ve sold over 1.5 million albums, two million singles, had four Brit Award nominations, an Ivor Novello nomination, had four top ten singles, sold-out Wembley Arena and sold-out The Royal Albert Hall and had a series of hit singles all of which were inescapable radio smashes. Ten years later, Scouting For Girls prove they are unstoppable.
Currently on their 10th Anniversary tour, Scouting for Girls will be playing their debut platinum album which has sold over 700,000 copies! Their self-titled debut album sat at No. 1 in the UK charts for two weeks and produced a number of hit singles including ‘Elvis Ain’t Dead’ and ‘She’s So Lovely’.