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Get Lost At Sea with new Island Arts Festival
With two sell-out festivals already under your belt, what inspired you to start Lost At Sea?
So many people come to the Isle of Wight around Bestival time to get ready for our big party plus there are lots of people on the island and on the South Coast who maybe want to experience some of the fun and talent of Bestival without coming to the whole show, so we set up Lost At Sea.
How does Lost At Sea differ from Bestival and Camp Bestival?
It’s a cultural festival dotted all over the Isle of Wight in many different kinds of venues and most events last just a few hours or less so it’s really something that anyone can pop into and still be home for lunch/tea!
Who will the Lost At Sea events appeal to?
Everyone. We have some kid friendly shows right through to philosophy events and food offerings. I’d like to think whole families might go to some shows, but certain shows are much more specific to an age group.
You have always supported new music and have often been ahead of the game in spotting the next big band or solo artist. What’s your hot tip for ones to watch within the Lost At Sea programme?
Hag is an amazing production that I’d recommend. The theatre company, The Wrong Crowd is a young company who have had just one other play produced before this one. They have a unique and enchanting style, influenced by folklore and fairytales, involving puppetry, that appeals to both adults and older kids, without patronising them. They have just had their first 5* review for Hag at Edinburgh Fringe – these guys are one to watch!
The Lost at Sea events take place in a wide variety of venues around the Isle of Wight. Can you tell us a bit more about some of the unusual ones?
Well yes - we wanted to take people out of the conventional spaces on the island so you can see jazz maestro Courtney Pine playing in Newport Minster church, have a crazy adventure on a steam train or see me do my alternative soundtrack to King Kong in the Robin Hill woods.
You are surrounded by music, theatre, talks and comedy at your festivals. Why is it important to get a healthy dose of the arts into our lives?
Well, apart from my kids, nothing makes me happier than music so the arts really can make you feel good, whether you're taking part, performing or just soaking it up.
What is the best (non-music) show or performance that you have ever seen?
Probably one of the Punchdrunk interactive theatrical shows that they've become famous for. I love their immersive style and not knowing what’s going to happen next. Hopefully they'll come to Lost At Sea one day. Gideon Reeling, the theatre company who are hosting the Edwardian Steam Train Adventure, have a similar style to Punch Drunk and so you can expect some similar japes if you go to this Lost at Sea event!
What’s the best thing about living on the Isle of Wight?
The fresh air, open spaces and beaches. And obviously I love the music scene and checking out the new acts and DJs coming up.
QUICK FIRE ROUND:
If you were Lost at Sea, what would be your:
1. Favourite solo activity?
2. Catch of the day?
Sea bass sashimi
3. Favourite treasure?
Maybe a pearl lodged in an oyster shell
Haha very clever.. Crystal Fighters - Waves or the wicked indie band Wavves
5. Top secluded spot?
ROB’s PICK OF THE LOST AT SEA 2013 EVENTS;
For discerning foodies: Jay Rayner: A Greedy Man in a Hungry World Little Gloster – Talk and Dinner Tuesday September 3 7pm
For curious theatre fans: Hag Quay Arts Today, 2.30pm and 7pm For fun-loving film buffs: Rob da Bank's King Kong Alternative Soundtrack Robin Hill Woods – Film with DJ Tonight 7pm
For the young and young at heart: The Amazing Bubble Show Medina Theatre – Kids Show Ages 2-11 Sunday September 1 11am
For adventurers: The Salon du Thé Express; An Edwardian Adventure by Rail Isle of Wight Steam Railway Family Theatrical Train Ride Sunday September 1 2-5pm
For care-free sea-lovers: Sea Shanty Sundowners with The Crew and Dollymopps Little Gloster – Live Music Sunday September 1 4.30pm -10.30pm
For the dreamers and thinkers: Philosophy Bites: A Slice of Real Life Royal Hotel Talks with Dinner Monday September 3, 7pm For laughter guaranteed: Andrew Maxwell and Benny Boot Quay Arts - Comedy Tuesday September 3, 8pm
For musos and jazz aficionados: Courtney Pine supported by IOW Youth Orchestra Wednesday September 4 Newport Minster 7.30pm
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