We were lucky enough to get invited to Isle of Wight Festival this year, courtesy of Relentless Energy Drink. We hung out with them at their Refuel with Relentless Energy Drink area, to catch a glimpse of what was going down away from the hustle and bustle of the music stages. To give you an idea of the vibe, we spoke to some of the main players who were helping to create a buzzing and fun atmosphere for the stressed out, muddy and wet island festival goers.
Matt Crowhurst is a Relentless Energy Drink sponsored wakeboarder who presented the guess the intro competition in the area. Despite the first few contestants having a “lame” knowledge of famous rock intros, he was pretty buzzed. “It’s fun to banter with the crowd and have an excuse to give stuff out, when really it’s just great to be up on stage doing something different.”
The weather has been pretty appalling this weekend, and the travel problems caused by it are well documented. But Matt didn’t feel this affected the atmosphere: “The British people are a fairly hardy crew especially at festivals. The girls wear next to nothing whatever the weather, and people still want to party.” Has it been hard to get people involved? “Yeah it takes a while, even though loads have come to hang out, but eventually they come around.”
Crooked Cats DJ Adrian, who along with his partner in crime … was banging out a mix of classic rock, Hip Hop and anything to get the crowd going in the Refuel area, agreed: “People still want to have a good time and they’re all coming in and enjoying it.”
But with all the talk of mud putting a dampener on the weekend, we had to ask, what was their worst festival experience? Seb, half of Plastic Thumbs, who specialises in UK Bassline and Funky House, closed out the area: “I got taken out by a mate once and got soaked in the mud. That’s about it!”
Adrian had a funnier story: “When I was younger I used to sneak into festivals. One time I tried climbing over a fence, tripped, fell on my arse in the mud right next to the police! They threw me straight out again.” Bring The Noise don’t condone this behaviour, but we do have some sympathy for the plucky young DJ.
With such a diverse line-up, everyone had a different act they were dying to see. Seb’s pick, however, was unfortunate: “I’m gutted I’m leaving tomorrow afternoon, which means I’ll miss the boss!” As we are in the same boat, we feel your pain Seb!
The Refuel with Relentless Energy Drink area is open today, so if you are looking to get away from the main area, why not join a game of Guess The Intro? If Bring the Noise had entered, we’re sure we would have won the iPod!