We boarded the 3pm ferry and took the 45 minute crossing to the island most well known in music for its legendary festivals in the late sixties and early seventies which hosted The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Moody Blues, Bob Dylan, Free, TREX, Jodi Mitchell and many more.
We were excited on the ferry crossing and even took an aerial picture of the Island with a drone we borrowed from Muse.
Here’s a picture of Bembridge Coastal Resort where we were heading.
Here’s how it looked when arrived. The sea and sky had disappeared under a mass of fog and cloud. It was still nice though.
We met the very helpful team, Callum, Lizzie & Kate who showed where to set up. Lizzie and I were once neighbours without even realising. After a quick soundcheck with our new equipment including my new Marshall JVM 410c guitar amp which Marshall kindly sent me last week.
With Simon Small our drummer away in New York celebrating his first anniversary (remember Simons and Emily’s wedding?) the very talented Tommy would be joining us on the drums for a few shows. You may recognise Tommy from a few of our other shows, as our bass player! There really us no limit to this mans talent, as a multi skilled musician.
As we waited back stage the boys went through some harmonies.
Cherie from Essex joined us on stage for a song.
In a non stop 80 minute set, we included songs from The Beatles, Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrision, Neil Diamond, Jeff Beck, Elvis and more. Towards the end Dan got out his double bass as the dance floor got busier and busier.
After a great show, The Zoots bowed and took a huge applause from the enthusiastic audience.
It was a fantastic first experience for The Zoots in the Isle of Wight, until the journey home that it. We missed the last ferry home as a road was closed and the diversion signs took us on a anti clockwise tour of the island in torrential rain and we had to wait a further three hours for the next ferry. Did we really get back at 6.30am?
A fantastic job by Harriet, Dan, Ben and Tommy for learning the set on the drums as well as the bass!
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