Bestival founder Rob da Bank is launching a new monthly music night on the Isle of Wight.

The new event will be free to attend, and has been devised to showcase Island artists, bands and producers, offering them a regular stage to perform live to an audience.

For his opening night, Rob da Bank will DJ alongside a host of Island talent, which includes live music from Lauran Hibberd and The Ohmz, and spoken word from King Stammers and Doris Doolally.

Last month (December) Rob revealed Bestival – held on the Island since 2004 – would be moving off the Isle of Wight.

The launch of Number One Island coincides with the reopening of its host venue, The Cow Co Restaurant and Bar, which has been closed for a short winter break.

Rob da Bank said:

“I’ve always thought it’s amazing to have such a cool and diverse festival heritage on the Isle of Wight… so many iconic and legendary and new acts have played on this beautiful island… but equally when a big festival lands for the weekend the acts whizz in and out and people get a quick hit of the island and what it has to offer musically and then it all seems to blow over.

“The Island needs a more sustainable live music scene – it has got a very cool undercurrent of live acts, but mostly with nowhere to play, and I know from running the Rob da Bank Music Club that teenagers in particular struggle for somewhere to practice and play in front of people.

“Number One Island will be our monthly effort to showcase some of the Islands best live acts, DJs and spoken word acts – maybe even a choir, beatboxer or some dance acts!”

Number One Island takes place at The Cow Co, Tapnell Farm, on Thursday 19 January from 6pm.