V-Dub Island Festival 2017 – Tributes, Dubs And Drives


Once the sun went down the V-Dub Islands fairy lights came on leading the way to the funfair and concert arena.

I visited Graces Cafe and watched Dayita perform her impressive futuristic music and dance show.

Over on the Air-Cooled Stage Tasha Leaper as Madonna fired up the crowd performing the Queen of Pops greatest hits: Like a Virgin, Lucky Star, Into the Groove, Material Girl, Holiday…

Skatonic then took to the stage with their tribute to Madness. Hit after Hit after Hit. One Step Beyond, Baggy Trousers, House of Fun, Enjoy Yourself, Night Boat to Cairo, My Girl, Must be Love, River Nile then along the way throwing in a few Ska Classics Ghost Town and my personal favourite A Message to you “Ruby”.

As the evening drew on I fancied a Baileys Latte and the owner of the coffee van had one with me. I then made my way into the Sunset Cafe tent.

The Sunset Cafe is a much more intimate tent and ended my evening listening to The Ale Thieves perform a legends set: Hendrix, U2, Zutons, Beatles, Clapton, Sones every song was a winner with some amazing solo guitar rifts thrown in too.

I drank sang and danced with the Stone Heroes Band who were booked to be on the Air-cooled stage the next evening.

I walked home passed the Sleepy VDubs looking forward to the Island Drive out in the morning.


The next morning whilst enjoying breakfast on the Double Decker Diner I watched a SteamPunk Performance of Guns n’ Roses Sweet Child O’ Mine – I had never seen anything like it before and loved it.

Next I spotted a BBC film crew setting up cameras on Poppy, Matt & Hayleys Camper.

They were filming for an evening news feature on V-Dub Island Festival and were joining us on the V-Dub ride out.

Back at my pitch I was concerned that when I go on the drive out with Ruby someone may move into our space. Kindly my Scottish neighbour offered to lay her Thule Storage box there while we were away.

There was a rumble under foot as the sound of air cooled engines sprung to life.

Ruby took her place in the line up of about 150 VWs – Splittys, Bays T25, T3 ,T4, T5, Beetles, DuneBuggys, Classic Sciroccos, Polos & Golfs in a multitude of colours.

Then we were off – all heading for a secret location somewhere on the Isle.

It was very exciting being part of the V-Dub procession. As we drove through Newport people were waving and smiling at us. The procession wound its way south until we arrived at the Isle of Wight Pearl. A stunning location with views of the English Channel. Inside they had an amazing collection of Pearls, you can even pick your own oyster and the pearl can then be made into a necklace.

Having wandered around the showroom and having enjoyed a cream tea in the Pearl Cafe it was time to be nosey and have a good look around the V-Dubs and get to meet their owners.

Whilst walking around I bumped into Oliver, the VW Camper who’s lights I noticed were left on a few weeks prior at the Black Gang Chine. His owners told me that they were very grateful for saving their day and his battery.

As the V-Dubs began to depart and head back to the Fairlee Farm I decided to stay and cook myself a Ruby Burger and enjoy the view.

All in all a wonderful second day at V-Dub Island! Bring on tomorrow…


The sun was going down on the last night of V-Dub Island Festival and I took a seat on a bail of hay just as Taylor Swift Xeena Christian took to the Air-cooled Stage.

She got the crowd up and dancing with her high energy performance and playlist: Shake it Off, Bad Blood, I knew you were trouble, Everything has Changed, Love Story, Blank Space, Look What You Made Me Do…

A man sat next to me, we chatted and he informed me that he had paid £196 to bring his camper on the Ferry. Fortunately when I booked my Festival ticket I noticed that Red Fennel offer a discount to V-Dub Island Festival goers and as a result I only paid £85 for my ferry trip. Hopefully our chat over a cider will ensure he takes advantage of the discount offer next year?

It was beginning to get cold so I visited the VW clothing stall and treated myself to a V-Dub Sweatshirt which I had my eye on for the past few days.

As I passed back through Bond’s Victorian Funfair my neighbours spotted me and invited me to join them on the Big Wheel, Carousel & WaveSwinger.

The views form up there were amazing. The site became one beautiful blur of light as we spun round and round. The music got noticeably loader as the Ed Sheeran Experience took to the stage and kicked off with You Need Me, I Don’t Need You. He absolutely nailed Ed Sheeran’s hits singing, rapping, beatboxing, strumming and looping all the way through Drunk, The A Team, GalwayGirl, Castle on the Hill, Shape of You, Lego House, Give me Love, Sing, Thinking out Loud, Castle on the Hill, Shape of You…. Go see this guy, he was amazing!

The finale to the V-Dub Island Weekend was Daft Punk’d XL (a tribute to daft punk).

A neon lit pyramid appeared on stage like something from out of space and from inside the two Djs dressed in Daft Punk Helmets and Gloves spun the best of the duos electric punk anthems.

These guys are genius I wish I had thought of the idea first. Presumably if you fancy the night off you simply ask a mate (Boy or Girl) to don the helmet and gloves, push play on the iPod and wave their hands around.

Helmets off to the artists – Great Performance, a brilliant end to V-Dub Island 2017.

Thank you one and all – Isle of Wight/ V-Dub Island I will be back.

Footnote: A few months after the Festival I was surprised to see a picture of me published in the Volkswagen Camper and Commercial Magazine.

Thanks for reading!


1 Comment

  1. Kerry

    That whole experience is absolutely fasimsting!!! Thank you Ruby for sharing it with us all.

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