With less than a week to go until the Isle of Wight Festival I've been asked by people if there's anyone I'd recommend to go and see. This in turn got my mind turning over - there are the obvious ones - Fleetwood Mac, Blur, Pharrell Williams - who are probably no-brainers, but further down the list there's some serious talent, and if your prepared to drag yourselves away from the main stage there are a few acts worth seeing at the festival fringes.
Shoot the Moon (7pm Thursday, Kashmir Café)
Ska music is always popular and this groups modern take on it is well worth checking out.
Geno Washington (7.05pm Thursday, Big Top)
Best known as the subject of Dexy's Midnight Runners track 'Geno', this soul legend always puts on a great show.
Weatherkings (9pm Thursday, Kashmir Café)
Combining funk, jazz, rock and anything else that takes their fancy, they're a band that always raises a smile.
Billy Idol (10pm Thursday, Big Top)
A classic slice of 80s nostalgia - pop and punk meet in a man whose swagger and snarl matches his talent.
Kassasin Street (8.20pm Friday, Jack Rocks, and 6pm Sunday, Hipshaker)
With two chances to see them over the weekend, there's no reason not to catch these fantastic psychedelic rockers over the weekend.
Duveaux (9.55pm Friday, Kashmir Café)
A local act who are starting to make waves nationally. Classic indie rock played with passion and energy - catch them in a small venue before they graduate to the main stages of festivals.
Damien Paul (2.20pm Sunday, Kashmir Café)
Last year he took the Whisky Sessions by storm on Thursday night, this year you can catch one of the Island's finest bluesmen on stage in the Kashmir Cafe - perfect to shake off the Sunday festival fug.
Imelda May (3.40pm Sunday, Main Stage)
I know I said away from the main stage, but Imelda is one of the gems of the festival scene. Classic rock & roll from a tiny Irish lass with a big voice - guaranteed to get the crowds dancing.
That's my choices, I'd be interested to hear who you're planning on seeing over the weekend - let me know your hidden gems and must-see acts.