Isle of wight music festival 1969

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isle of wight music festival 1969

Bob Dylan at the Isle of Wight Festival 1969 by Bill Bradshaw

When Richie Havens walked on to the Woodstock stage at Bethel, NY, on August 15, 1969, he led a star-studded roster of talent at an event that captivated a generation... But someone, something, was missing. The event was planned in New York State and given the name of Bob Dylans home town in a bid to entice the reclusive star to add the ultimate artistic credence to the event. Dylan refused and opted, instead, to make his first pre-announced concert performance in more than three years at the Isle of Wight Festival of Music, off Englands southern coast. This is the story of that extraordinary festival in the English Channel - and Dylans huge part in it - 50 years ago.
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Isle of Wight Festival 1969: in pictures

Last update February Best viewed at x resolution -lower resolution may give badly formatted results. Big thanks to our sponsor Neil! For information on today's festivals see eFestivals. Recollections of festival attendees. I stumbled across your site almost by accident; I'd just downloaded "Wild Mountain Thyme" from the 69 concert from Napster, and out of curiosity, I searched Google for some more references.

During the late s and early '70s, the high points of the counterculture in the U. The U. Three years in a row, thousands of young people descended upon the small island tourist community, causing Parliament to pass a special act that would prevent unlicensed gatherings of more than 5, people. The festival was the brainchild of the Foulk brothers, two enterprising locals who saw a gap in the market for a large rock festival in the U. The first event, held on August 31 and September 1, , featured the American psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane as headliners, with support from Arthur Brown, Fairport Convention, and others.

'During the gig, David Bowie told the crowd he was retiring. People were crying'

It was the second of three music festivals held on the island between and Organised by Rikki Far, Ronnie and Ray Foulk's Fiery Creations, [2] it became a legendary event, largely owing to the participation of Dylan, who had spent the previous three years in semi-retirement. The festival was considerably larger and more popular than the previous year's. Dylan had been little heard of since his allegedly near-fatal motorcycle accident in July Shunning the Woodstock Festival, held near his home in upstate New York , [4] [5] Dylan was initially reluctant to perform his comeback show on the little-known Isle of Wight. After weeks of negotiations, the Foulk brothers showed him a short film of the island's cultural and literary heritage; this appealed to Dylan's artistic sensibilities, as he was enthusiastic about combining a family holiday with a live performance in Tennyson country.

The event was by far the largest of these early festivals and the unexpectedly high attendance levels led, in , to Parliament adding a section to the Isle of Wight County Council Act preventing overnight open-air gatherings of more than 5, people on the island without a special licence from the council. The event was revived in The original events were promoted and organised by the Foulk brothers Ron and Ray Foulk under the banner of their company Fiery Creations Limited and their younger brother Bill Foulk. This was Dylan's first paid performance since his motor cycle accident some three years earlier, and was held at a time when many still wondered if he would ever perform again. Followers from across the world trekked to the Isle of Wight for the performance. Estimates of ,—, attended.


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