Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank returns to the glorious grounds of Milntown Estate for it’s third edition in 2018 with a new Spring date and an expanded programme of family entertainment. For many visitors to Milntown, however, Cyclefest is all about the music, and once again our ‘Roots ‘n’ Rhythms line up will provide a stunning soundtrack for the weekend’s activities.
Heading the bill on the PokerStars Stage will be two brilliant breakthrough acts. Saturday’s headliners, Wildwood Kin, shot to prominence this year after being championed by Bob Harris, Jamie Cullum and Jo Willey amongst others. As well as a hit debut album and a string of high profile singles, the band have enjoyed a summer to remember with feature appearances at Glastonbury and BBC Radio 2’s Festival in a Day at Hyde Park.
Sunday’s headliner also boasts a brilliant debut album; a record described by Elton John as “Very special”. One of the most exciting and intriguing singer songwriters to emerge in recent years, Jake Isaac will be bringing his own brand of roots music to Cyclefest with his high energy ‘full album experience’. Mixing acoustic sounds with elements of rock, funk and soul, festivalgoers can expect big songs and big hooks.
Complementing the larger groups and expansive sounds on the PokerStars Stage is Cyclefest’s new Little Lights stage, set to feature more award-winning music with some the UK’s most talented young singer songwriters.
And there’s even more for music lovers in 2018, with Cyclefest’s very own Festival Club. From sundown till late, the Cyclefest HQ will bounce to the new sounds of foot stomping Trad and infectious roots music, not least from this year’s BBC Folk Award winners, Ross and Ali.
“Music is such an important part of the Cyclefest experience and visitors to Milntown next spring can expect a lot of outstanding live acts. We are very excited about all the artists coming to Milntown and look forward to unveiling more.
PAUL PHILLIPS, FESTIVAL DIRECTOR