Aug 29, 2013

Isle Of Wight Festival..

"The Isle of Wight Festival was held (43 years ago this week) between the 26th and 31st of August in 1970 at East Afton Farm an area on the western side of the Island. It was the last of three consecutive music festivals to take place on the island between 1968 and 1970 and widely remembered as the largest musical event of its time, Bigger even than the attendance of Woodstock. Although estimates vary, the Guinness Book of Records estimated 600,000, possibly 700,000 people attended! It was organized and promoted by local brothers, Ronnie, Ray and Bill Foulk." 

This festival following Woodstock in the previous year, set out to move this to greater aspirations by enlisting Jimi Hendrix to headline. With Hendrix confirmed, other bands such as Chicago, The Doors, Lighthouse, The Who, Miles Davis, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Jethro Tull, Sly & the Family Stone, Ten Years After, Emerson, Lake & Palmer , Free, Donovan  & Melanie also signed on....This was also Hendrix's next to last live performance before his death on Sept 18th....

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