The Vamps and Busted to headline new festival


The Vamps and Busted are to headline a new festival that will take place on he Island this summer. Dick and Dom’s The Great Wonderfest will kick-start the summer festival season, between August 1 and 4.

But there seems uncertainty about whether the Eklectica music festival taking place this year at Robin Hill Country Park. Eklectica was set up when Bestival moved off the Island, but unlike previous years, there has been no announcement about possible dates or acts.
Despite several attempts to contact Vectis Ventures, the parent company of Robin Hill and Blackgang Chine, no response was forthcoming.

Whatever Eklecitca’s future, Wonderfest will rock the Island. Busted are an English rock band from Southend-on-Sea. Formed in 2000, the band have had four UK number-one singles, won two Brit awards and have released four studio albums, selling in excess of five million records. Busted’s fourth album, Half Way There, was released on February 1.

The Vamps are a British pop rock band formed in 2012 and signed to Mercury Records (now Virgin EMI Records) in November of that year. In 2017, they scored their first number 1 on the Official UK Albums Chart with Night & Day. Their first two albums, Meet The Vamps and Wake Up are both certified Gold in the UK. In 2018, guitarist McVey participated in the eighteenth series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and finished in fifth place. They have continuously toured worldwide since their debut in 2012, and they are the first band to headline London’s O2 Arena five years in a row.

Joining them on stage will be Sigma, Example, Conor Maynard, Mistajam and Becky Hill. Retro-vibes will be provided by performances from The Blow Monkeys and Musical Youth.
There will also be a Summer Dance Camp, featuring world-class dance troupe Flawless, and Robots Live Arena featuring BBC Robot Wars Champion Apollo and¬¬ Vulcan (King of Bots). Magic, comedy and vaudeville will also play a big part over four days of entertainment.