Small Island but Big Dreams
From 26-28 May 2023, the first-ever dynamic Cowes Fringe event in this part of the Isle of Wight will deliver an explosion of art and culture through performances and workshops. Hosted in unique venues throughout the town, Cowes Fringe 2023 guarantees a memorable weekend extravaganza of entertainment for all ages. Our mission is to build on and enrich a thriving community spirit, encouraging local businesses and hospitality to become involved in a broad celebration of diverse talent.
Managed by a local team and supported by a West End team, the Cowes Fringe promises a broad range of local and mainland talent for the first time.
Joining an already stellar cast of entertainers, singers, and comedians will be the following headliners: Britain’s Got Talent winner Axel Blake, characterised by his relatable comedy which won the hearts and laughs of the nation and also earned him Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer propelling him all the way to the finals and then on to win the coveted competition. Deservedly, he is currently on a sold-out UK tour and will be performing at the Trinity Theatre at 7.45pm on Saturday 27th May.
Rob da Bank – An Isle of Wight local, Bestival founder and DJ, Rob da Bank will close out the Fringe with a trademark anything goes lesson in eclecticism from funk and disco to house and good times tunes. A rare chance to see Rob play on his beloved Island and in a relatively cosy venue too! He will be performing at Mark’s Shed between 9.30 – 11.55pm on Sunday 28 May.
Jay Eatwell – Another Isle of Wight local, Jay Eatwell, joins us fresh from selection as one of four finalists in Channel 4’s, The Piano, a talent show aimed at finding the UK’s most talented amateur piano player. Multi-talented Jay, 25, was discovered at Kings Cross St Pancras Station where his live performance of an original composition “Fire” – a mash-up of classical piano and rap – wowed the show’s judges, Lang Lang and Mika who described Jay’s style as, “a clash of musical worlds”. He will be performing at Mark’s Shed at 7.30pm on 27 May.
Other faces not to miss
Claire Sweeney – one of the UK’s favourite actresses, singing with Musical Director Jae Alexander and her special guest Earl Carpenter direct from Phantom of the Opera, Alfie Moore – from his popular BBC Radio 4 Comedy series IT’S A FAIR COP and Mig Kimpton – Chelsea Flower Show multi-award-winning florist and theatrical raconteur.
For kids, there’s Indefinite Articles Presents – Pinocchio – direct from a sold-out season at the Little Angel Puppet Theatre London. Pinocchio is carved on stage, brushes become a fox and the shadow of two saws transforms into a giant shark. An element of improvisation makes each performance unique to its audience. Puppetry, shadows, illusion, and especially composed music combine to create a show with something for all ages; it’s inventive, visually, and verbally witty with a big heart.
Nutty’s Children’s Disco, and Nutty’s Pirate Dan’s Treasure Hunt. An award-winning group of highly experienced children’s entertainers offering a variety of fun-packed, exciting, and original kids’ party entertainment for children aged 3-13 including a fabulous kids’ disco and a treasure hunt to find the elusive Pirate Dan.
For the art lovers
Jim Vision – a visionary artist and painter of large-scale murals whose personal drive has changed the face of walls in East London since 2005 and a leading protagonist of contemporary street art culture. Jim will do public events at a secret location.
John Blek – Irish folk singer
Greg Barnes – Local singer songwriter
Nina Ross – Local jazz singer
Quivers – Local drag artiste
Ben Stubbs – professional singer-songwriter, musician, and performer
“I am personally thoroughly looking forward to the new Cowes Fringe later this year. An event of this nature has been a long time coming, and I know the team and volunteers behind the Cowes Fringe are all passionate about it and truly dedicated to making the event a huge success. I wish all involved the very best of luck. I know Cowes will support it with enthusiasm! ” Cllr. Paul Bertie, Mayor of Cowes
To discover more, visit: cowesfringe.com
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