Island Life Magazine Ltd February/March 2007 - Page 12

life - TRAVEL FOREWORD Success looming for local Dress to Impress island band! Life just keeps getting better for up-and-coming Isle of Wight band, Los Fantasmas.  After forming for fun in 2004, the band, of five musicians still under the age of 18, is now in hot demand. The band is made up of pianist/ guitarist/vocalist Will Noon, guitarist/vocalist Gaspar Sena, saxophonist/vocalist Chris North, drummer Chris Jones and bass player Ross Mabey.  The three vocalists create harmonising melodies which enhance the band’s unique sound. Three of the musicians are students of Platform One, the Island’s specialist music college, where they are encouraged to develop their exciting talent on a daily basis. Since forming in 2004, playing Latin influenced music at small school functions and parties for their friends, the appeal for the fab five has grown as their musical understanding has broadened and been influenced by many different world music genres. The turning point for Los Fantasmas was in the summer of 2005 when the band entered a competition to perform at the Nokia I.O.W. rock festival, judged by musically renowned p e o p l e including Aaron Fletcher of the Bees and Lindsey Weatherston of Solo Pro m o t i o n s.  Both judges gave them rave reviews  12 and consequently Los Fantasmas was chosen  to open the main stage on the Saturday. Since then they have not looked back and have supported several major UK acts including the Mystery Jets, Akala and Bad Manners.  Not surprisingly they are in popular demand for pubs and parties and draw the crowds regularly at the Fat Cat Beer festival in Freshwater. Back again at the Nokia I.O.W. festival in 2006, but this time playing on the Thursday and again on the Sunday, the band followed this success a few weeks later by opening the main stage at Bloom festival, a new up-and- coming festival in Salisbury. And so the success of Los Fantasmas goes from strength to strength as their musical and compositional skills develop.  They will be performing again at the Fat Cat Beer Festival, as well as regular gigs at The Venue in Ryde.  New dates are advertised and information on Los Fantasmas can be found by contacting Gaspar Sena on 07778 524 514 or emailing them at los_fantasmas@hotmail.co.uk. Saturday April 28th is the date to ink - and we do mean ink and not pencil - into your diary straight away if you don’t want to miss a fabulous and unique evening. Westover Park at Calbourne, not normally open to the public, is the venue and the occasion is the Isle of Wight Hunt Ball. Once again William and Susie Smith have very kindly made their lovely park available to the hunt to host their annual ball, which will be held in a traditional marquee. This glamorous black tie event is a major fundraiser for the Isle of Wight Foxhounds, and it begins, as all good parties should, with a champagne reception. A four course supper precedes dancing until the small hours to the Tony Martin Music Show, and Late Night Sound. Last year’s event was quickly sold out and the evening was undoubtedly the most spectacular and enjoyable ball ever held in the history of the IW Foxhounds, whose history spans over 150 years. Open to everyone, tickets are £50 per head, and can be booked from Mrs Jayne Willett by telephone on 01983 532489 or email Jayne.Willett@ fsmail.net. “It’s an event not to be missed,” wrote Island Life reporters last year as they covered one of the most successful and fun parties to be held on the Isle of Wight in 2006. Island Life - www.isleofwight.net