TT festival’s art, music and mayhem

Perrenial TT favourites the Purple Helmets

Perrenial TT favourites the Purple Helmets

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iomtoday guide to what’s happening at the 2014 Isle of Man TT.

This year’s festival is packed with a wide range of entertainment across the island.

So get your diaries ready and pick and choose what events will make your TT 2014 one to remember.

5 BRUSH STROKES: motorsport art exhibition, now on Features work by John Hancox, Peter Hearsey, Nobby Clarke, Barry Westcott, Roland Noble at Villa Marina, Douglas.

BUSHY’S BEER TENT: Sunday – Friday, June 6, 7pm-midnight. The famous Bushy’s Beer Tent in Douglas will return this Sunday and host the ninth annual Manx Charity Aid TT Live Band Day in aid of local charities, from noon to midnight. Wristbands can be bought for £10 allowing entry throughout the day.

BUSHY’S ABSOLUTE STAGE: Port Erin, Thursday, May 29 - Friday, June 6.

JURBY MOTOFEST: Wednesday, May 28 – Friday, June 6, daily from 10am. For the first time in TT history, Jurby will be host to Motofest. The festival will include support bands from 8pm and tribute acts from 9.30pm each night.

Friday, May 30 – UK Foo Fighters with support from 7 Year Black Hole;

Monday, June 2 – The Stones with support from Your Gold Teeth;

Wednesday, June 4 – Hats Off To Led Zepplin with support from Nick Barlow and The Bad Noise;

Friday, June 6 – Rumours of Fleetwood Mac with support from The Barry Nelson Band.

There will also be motorsport stunt events such as Vertical Trix, The Purple Helmets, stunts from Steve Colley and a ‘Rung What You Brung’ against the clock sprint and double-wheelie event open to everyone.

The site will include a camping site, which is £5 per person and motorhome pitches for £15. Mountain Warehouse, in Douglas, will also be pitching up pre-made tents for £20 including a sleeping bag and cooked breakfast at the cafe.

A Motosport wristband can be bought for £10, allowing entry for eight days. Free wristbands and free camping is available for marshals. Bus Vannin will run an hourly Ramsey to Jurby service throughout the festival with a last bus from Jurby departing at 11.45pm.

TT FUNFAIR: Thursday, May 29 – Sunday, June 8. A familiar sight on Loch Promenade, the funfair will return with bungees, a kid’s zone and traditional favourites.

THE HUMAN LEAGUE: Friday, May 30, 7pm. The hit 80s electro-pop band will begin its A.U. Tour at the Royal Hall, Villa Marina, Douglas, with chart toppers such as ‘Don’t You Want Me’ and ‘Human’. Having released five studio albums, 30 singles and having sold more than 20 million copies since 1978, The Human League are ready to get TT 2014 dancing.

TT MAYHEM ON TOUR: Nightly from May 30. Nightly in the Villa Marina gardens, Douglas, TT Mayhem will include some of Europe’s biggest names in motor sports, such as Terry Grant, Fred Crossett and 16-year-old Chris Meyer. Features will also include, The Purple and White Helmets, the Monster Moto Trials Display and plenty of giveaways for onlookers.

RHAPSODY IS THE REAL QUEEN: Saturday, May 31, 7pm. The Queen tribute act that has performed to sell-out shows across the world returns to the Villa Marina Royal Hall. Be sure to expect hits such as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We Will Rock You’ and plenty more. Rhapsody is one of the world’s top Queen tribute acts, having performed from Hampton Court Palace to a hit tour in India. The group has been described by the BBC as ‘absolutely first class’.

MAD SUNDAY VINTAGE RALLY: Mad Sunday, June 1, 10.30am-5pm. Come down to Stone Field in Ballacreggan, Port St Mary, to see vintage engines, tractors, steam engines and various stalls. Parking and refreshments available.

PEEL TT DAY: Mad Sunday, 2.30pm-10.30pm. Peel TT Day returns with a motorbike and car stunt show featuring acts from Lee Bowers, Terry Grant and Jamie Squibb. Free parking, trade stands, competitions and free admission for children.

PORT ERIN TT DAY: Monday, June 2, 1-11pm. Port Erin beach will offer Flatland BMX shows and BMX workshops for visitors, bouncy castles, and the historic Sandcastle Competition as well as the Monster Energy Roadshow and music on the Bushy’s stage, opposite the Bay Hotel.

RED ARROWS RAF DISPLAY: Ramsey Bay, Tuesday, June 3, 3pm & Douglas Bay, 7.30pm.The famous air display team will perform a jet display over Ramsey Bay and later Douglas Bay, including solo and formation aerobatics.

Pigs On The Wing: June 3, 8pm. The Pink Floyd tribute act will perform at the Royal Hall, Villa Marina, on the dark side of the moon this TT.

An Evening with Steve Parrish: June 3, 8pm. The former motorcyclist and truck racer shares his experiences through a humerous and colourful portrayl of his career at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas.

RAMSEY SPRINT: June 3, 10am-5pm. Open to everyone, get ready for the annual TT highlight at Mooragh Park, Ramsey, featuring sprints over the 1/8th mile course.

LOCAL BANDS: Wednesday, June 4, 5.30-9.30pm. Free entry to the Villa Marina Gardens to watch the likes of Your Gold Teeth, The Black Tambourines and others, including rider interviews on the big screen from 8pm.

SOLO ART EXHIBITION, BARRY WESTCOTT, PORT ERIN: June 4. Residential artist Barry Westcott will showcase his stunning TT paintings at the Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin.

REDLINE: Thursday, June 5, 7pm. Playing at the Villa Marina Royal Hall, Redline will return with its TT anthem, ‘King Of The Mountain’.

LAXEY MOTORCYCLE SHOW: June 5, midday-6pm. Free entry at the Moddey Dhoo Motorcycle Club, the show will feature live music from the Barry Nelson Blues Band with awards at 5pm.

TT FIREWORK DISPLAY: June 5, 11pm. A firework display will close TT with a bang over Douglas Bay.

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