Island tour

Isle of Wight tour launch for The Chesterfields

80s indie band the Chesterfields make their Isle of Wight debut later this month when they play a special free show at Ryde’s Blacksheep Bar Club Lounge in Union Street on Saturday 17th September.

The band features island guitarist and vocalist Andy Strickland, who first rose to prominence in island new wave band The Confusers and later played in national band The Loft.

The Chesterfields launch their new album, New Modern Homes and their latest UK tour with the show Ryde.

After scoring a string of UK indie chart successes, touring Europe and Japan and headlining shows in recent years in New York, the band were due to play the Isle of Wight Festival this year, before than Covid hits.

“We were disgusted when two of us tested positive just days before we came to play,” says Andy.

“Then three weeks later, with a festival slot in Somerset two weeks away, our drummer, Rob, was knocked off his bike and broke his arm.”

The Chesterfields however managed to release two new singles, Our Songbird Has Gone and Mr Wilson Goes To Norway/Year On The Turn.

“We were thrilled the radio picked up the singles and we’ve had great feedback from fans around the world who have seen the videos and are eager to hear more,” Andy said.

“Our new album comes out September 23rd and we were recently holed up in Seaview rehearsing for the tour.

“I really wanted to play our first show of the year here. It feels good, so we made it free.”

The Ryde gig also features local bands, The Geckos and The George Street Kids, with an indie DJ and ‘pop up’ record store rounding out the lineup.

Andy said: “I told the band that the islanders love their live music, so hopefully I’ll have lots of friendly faces at night in Ryde.”

New Modern Homes has been released on Mr Mellow’s Music label on vinyl, CD and all digital formats and will also be available from AAA Records in Scarrots Lane, Newport.

The band tours the UK in September and October – check social media for the latest updates.