A competition has launched, with a top prize to play the main stage of the Isle of Wight Festival.

Wight Noize is aimed at young bands with members between the ages of 16 and 24 who live on the Island.

Organised by music college Platform One, it’s aimed at bands who are dedicated and can demonstrate to judges that they are serious about what they do.

David Pontin, a director of Platform One said

“This is not a battle of the bands but an opportunity to take part in a professional showcase and get some constructive feedback on your band, your songs and your performance. Playing at the festival is a privilege and bands must work hard for this opportunity and take it seriously”

An industry panel will judge the entries and the winning band will play Sunday on the main stage with the full VIP treatment.

It’s not all bad news for the bands that don’t win this year’s Wight Noize. They will have the opportunity to play on the Platform One stage, which this year will be in the main arena.

The Isle of Wight Festival will see the likes of Rod Stewart, David Guetta and Arcade Fire performing on the same stage over the three day event.

Isle of Wight Festival supremo John Giddings said:

“I am very proud to be a patron of Platform One. I think they do an incredible job of preparing young musicians for the reality of the music industry. I like helping people and my work with Platform One feels the right thing to do – they have integrity and they are good at what they do.”

To register for the event, email [email protected] or download and complete this form wightnoize-form-2017