First Great Wonderfest wins plaudits of Island public

Dick and Dom’s Great Wonderfest, set in the idyllic countryside of Duxmore Farm off the Downs Road, won the plaudits of the Island public, with festival goers describing the festival as: “not crowded”, “chilled” and “great for families”.

Speaking to the IW Observer, host Richard ‘Dick’ McCourt said: “The whole Wonderfest has been really great with a fantastic crowd and the bands have all been brilliant.”
His co-host, Dominic ‘Dom’ Wood, echoed his sentiments, saying: “Everyone’s been more than happy with Wonderfest. Duxmore Farm is a beautiful setting. It couldn’t have been any better.”

The event kicked off on Friday, with crowd favourite, the Vamps, taking to the stage. Teenage heartthrob, Conor Maynard, also performed a heady mix of songs to screams of delight from the crowd. Meanwhile, the powerful voice of Show Me Love singer, Robin S, graced the festival stage. Hosts, Children’s TV double-act Dick and Dom, were joined by a surprise Friday addition, former Blue Peter presenter, Barney Harwood.

Saturday saw a well-attended performance by Dick and Dom, featuring mums in giant coconuts, Nerf water guns, cream pies and giant inflatable balls. The Blow Monkeys put on a fantastic performance, playing Digging Your Scene and It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way. The evening air was then filled with the sounds of The Jaguar Skills and Sigma, rocking the crowd. Meanwhile,Isle of Wight scouts roasted marshmallows in the Adventure Area, and the Enchanted Isle princesses led activities for kids.

Becky Hill, Mistajam and Busted rocked the main stage at The Great Wonderfest on Sunday.

Fans enjoyed a singalong with Karen Harding and Becky Hill, before Busted had the crowd bouncing with their hits Including and Year 3000. Radio 1 presenter and DJ, Mistajam, then brought the main stage to a close with a typical high-energy performance.

The IW Scouts were very pleased with their participation at the event, with over 100 visitors taking part in their activities, which included a shooting range, tomahawks, archery and mini-pioneering. They claimed that around twice as many people had shown an interest in scouting than at the Isle of Wight Festival.