A group from the Isle of Wight have caused confusion on the internet because of their accent. A TikTok video has racked up thousands of views as people share their confusion over the Isle of Wight accent.
Wet Leg formed in 2019 and is made up of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, who met at Isle of Wight College. The band released their debut album in April after their debut singles, Chaise Longue and Wet Dream, were instant hits with indie music fans, earning millions of streams.
It has been announced that they will be supporting Harry Styles in Australia and New Zealand next year. The former One Direction star covered his single Wet Dream in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge last month.
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With over two million monthly listeners on Spotify, Wet Leg’s rapid success is something to admire, but they’ve also created a debate on TikTok for another reason: their accent. Like everywhere else, the Isle of Wight has its own accent and dialect, often described as a mixture of Somerset and Dorset.
Well, many TikTok users said they thought the group was from Sweden, until they were shown otherwise. One TikTok user, matildaeklund5, stitched up a video of them playing to share her confusion.
She said: “This band is such an enigma to me because I’ve heard a lot of British bands singing in fake American accents and American bands singing in fake British accents. Never in my life, before these people , I only heard a band sing with fake Swedish accents.”
Her video has been viewed over 230,000 times, with hundreds of like-minded comments. The Isle of Wight band somehow confused hundreds of people with their accent.
In the comments, Mathilde is quickly informed that the accent is in fact not Swedish. She adds: ‘I have been advised that this is how the people of the Isle of Wight speak and would like to formally apologize to the Isle of Wight community for my ignorance.
However, Mathilde is not the only one confused, with many commentators sharing their confusion. One writes: ‘They are not Swedish ????’ supported by another who said: ‘I thought they were German or Norwegian until I heard an interview’.
And yet, with confirmation that Teasdale and Chambers are not Swedish, online commentators are still debating the accent in which the pair sing. Either way, there’s no denying that in a short time Wet Leg has reached incredible heights.
Their self-titled debut album is available for purchase and streaming with tour dates and other information available on their online website here. Wet Leg are due to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival on the marquee stage at 4.25pm.
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