acousticislewightlink20152Wightlink is to help bring this year’s highly successful Acoustic Isle to a rousing close on board its ferries this weekend, as the man at the helm of the Island’s official tourism organisation plays the event’s final set.

Chief Executive of Visit Isle of Wight, David Thornton, is to perform an intimate gig aboard the Fishborne to Portsmouth car ferry, marking the climax to the ten-day musical celebration. Passengers will be able to catch David and other performers at Wightlink’s #wightlive gigs on the Fishborne route at approximately 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00.

David Thornton said:

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“One of the great aspects of this year’s Acoustic Isle has been the diversity of venues supporting the festival; from the former church buildings of Ryde Aspire to high octane gigs alongside a racetrack. Playing on board a ferry is one of the more unusual settings I’ve experienced, but I’m really looking forward to a memorable end to the event.”

To mark the start of the Acoustic Isle festival on 28th February, passengers were able to enjoy #wightlive performances from local talent including singer/songwriter Sam Sheasby, Cornerstone Duo and London-based Simon Jones who is now touring with former X Factor finalist Ray Quinn.

Mark Persad, Head of Marketing at Wightlink, said:

“We’re proud to have been able to kick off and close Acoustic Isle with our successful #wightlive initiative – which is currently shortlisted in the Travel Marketing Awards, recognising marketing excellence in the travel industry. We’ve had some great feedback from passengers about how much they have enjoyed this added element to their ferry journey.

“Being part of Island life, it’s really important we celebrate the Island’s musical heritage and give musicians another platform from which to share their talents”.

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