Isle of Wight Festival 2017: Our Top Acts

By June 6, 2017Uncategorized

Isle of Wight Festival is finally upon us in its 2017 incarnation! There are some gargantuan names on the lineup for the festival. The likes of Run DMC, Arcade Fire, Bastille and The Kooks will be dominating the attentions of the bill with the gravitas of their star statuses, but there are some fantastic up-and-comers scheduled to play over the weekend that may end up flying under your radar. To help make sure you don’t miss out on discovering the next generation of UK music, we’ve pulled together a list of acts that we think will make a serious mark on the festival this weekend.

Bang Bang Romeo

Over time, Bang Bang Romeo frontwoman Anastasia has developed a penchant for exhibiting a powerful, charismatic stage presence coupled with mesmeric vocal range. These guys are on the cusp of something special. Tom Robinson of BBC 6Music described them as “a rousing, soulful gem”, Radio X likened them to “a hard-edged Fleetwood Mac”, and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens compared their sound to “a Tarantino soundtrack”.

Such endorsements don’t come easily, but here at Pirate we’ve been lucky enough to have them perform on the Pirate Stage at Sound City festival and for a Pirate Live session back in March. Needless to say, Bang Bang Romeo blew us away on both occasions. We’d bet our bottom dollar on them doing the same again at Isle of Wight fest 2017.


We can’t stress to you what an exciting bunch these boys are. Paves have been causing an almighty ruckus up and down the country in recent times, with gigs across London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Brighton, and most recently for the Pirate Stage at Sound City 2017. Fred Perry Subculture named them as one of the most exciting new band of 2016, and they’ve delivered on their early promise and more so far.
Paves’ Pirate Live session, recorded for us in our London studios, has attained fabled status here at the Pirate office.

If their performance at Isle of Wight fest 2017 is even half as good as we’ve witnessed at Sound City and Pirate Live, it’ll be one of the highlights of the entire weekend.

The Assist

Walsall is a pretty dreary place. The West Midlands town isn’t exactly famed for its rich culture or musical history, but out of the ashes of its looming, industrial overtone hails one of the most exciting young bands in British music. Meet The Assist. We were lucky enough to have these council-rocking, stage-melting, indie-raconteurs in for a Pirate Live session during our Nottingham launch party. And boy did they light the place up.

If a highly energetic young band with heavy endorsements from BBC Introducing and Radio X sounds like your cup of tea, catch The Assist performing on the Hard Rock stage, Saturday evening.

Check out what The Zine had to say about our series of launch events here.


There are a multitude of new bands emerging across the UK at the moment, riding the underground’s considerable wave of current interest in the grass-roots music scene. It’s often difficult for bands to stand out from the masses of competition in today’s somewhat saturated market. Sheafs on the other hand, have suffered no such hardships – this is mainly down to them simply being unequivocally wonderful. Their meteoric rise has been heralded by the likes of BBC 6Music, BBC Introducing, Steve Lamacq and Edith Bowman to name just a few of those singing their praises.

Fancy being “that guy” that bangs on about having seen a band “before they got big”? Do yourself a favour, and get yourself down to This Feeling’s Jack Rocks stage to see these guys perform.

Unfamiliar with This Feeling? Find out more via their website here.

The Surrenders

The Surrenders are another act we welcomed to the Pirate Stage at Sound City 2017. Sound City was actually their maiden festival appearance, but you’d have been forgiven for thinking they were seasoned, festival tour pros. Their Pirate Live session, performed for us in our London studios, was packed full of groove and energy.

With a heart of disco and a soul of rock n’ roll, their modern twist on 60s inspired R&B should be tailor-made for the programming on the Jack Rocks stage at Isle of Wight fest 2017.

False Heads

These lads really do know how to get a crowd roaring. False Heads closed out the Pirate Stage at Sound City 2017 for us with a fittingly dynamic set on the Sunday night – we couldn’t have asked for a better curtain call on the weekend’s mayhem. False Heads are also set to bring their delinquent, punk-driven assault to Pirate Live very soon, so keep an eye out for that.

It would be remiss not to go see a band who’ve been hailed by Iggy Pop as one of his favourite bands of the moment. Go see them strut their stuff, in their element at the Jack Rocks stage over the weekend.

Heavy Suns

Heavy Suns are the dreamy, psych-gaze rock n’ rollers who’ve been making considerable waves in all the right places. The Barnsley quintet came down to the London studios last month to thrash out a hypersonic Pirate Live session for us, and they’ll be continuing their rapid ascent to the top with a performance on the Jack Rocks stage at Isle of Wight fest 2017.

Heavy Suns manage to hit that fabled sweet spot between enticing familiarity and fresh-feeling innovation to create an end product that should steal the show.

Heavy Suns (Live Stream) // Pirate Live London

Heavy Suns and their dreamy, psych-gaze rock n’ roll sound have been causing quite the ruckus in recent times. The Barnsley quintet, formed in 2015, have already been tipped as ones to watch for 2017 by Fred Perry, and also boast a firm backing by Pirate friends This Feeling. A stellar 2016 has been followed by sellout shows in Leeds, Sheffield, as well the release of their hypersonic new single Hide. Citing their biggest influences as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, Heavy Suns manage to hit that perfect sweet spot between familiarity and boundary-pushing innovation. To watch regular gigs and discover amazing new bands, subscribe now: you’d like to find out about playing Pirate Live: find out who’s performing in the studios next, follow us:Facebook:@piratestudiosukTwitter: @piratestudiosukInstagram: @piratestudios

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Way back in March, Pirate Studios held a launch party to celebrate the grand opening of the London rehearsal studios. Naturally, this turned out to be one of the most memorable Pirate Live events we’ve ever held. This was in no small part down to BlackWaters’ seamless and virtuoso performance alongside none other than Carl Baråt of The Libertines.

The Guildford-based BlackWaters will be bringing their trademark, indie-punk sound to Isle of Wight fest 2017 on the Jack Rocks stage.

Check out what Clash Music had to say about our London launch event here.