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Isle of Wight 1969: All Wight Now announces full-day anniversary festival… Saturday, August 31, 2019

First event - Saturday, September 1, 2018 - a full-house success!

Next major event - Saturday, August 31, 2019: Celebrating Isle of Wight 1969

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Bob Dylan at the Iow 1969: ALL wight now celebrates, 50 years on…

Man in a white suit: Bob Dylan plays the Isle of Wight, August 31, 1969. ALL WIGHT NOW is to celebrate this historic event.

Man in a white suit: Bob Dylan plays the Isle of Wight, August 31, 1969. ALL WIGHT NOW is to celebrate this historic event.

 
 

date for your diary: Saturday, August 31, 2019

That weekend marks exactlty 50 years since the ground-breaking 2nd Isle of Wight Festival of Music when Bob Dylan, The Band, The Who, The Moody Blues, Free, Joe Cocker, Julie Felix et al drew 150,000 fans to Woodside Bay on the east coast of the Island...the biggest festival ever in the UK at that time.

1968 remembered: Phil May, left, of The Pretty Things, and Arthur Brown - as colourful and outrageous as ever - at the ALL WIGHT NOW event to mark the first festival’s golden anniversary.

1968 remembered: Phil May, left, of The Pretty Things, and Arthur Brown - as colourful and outrageous as ever - at the ALL WIGHT NOW event to mark the first festival’s golden anniversary.

So ALL WIGHT NOW, following its successful celebration of the 1968 festival’s golden anniversary last year, is to mark the 1969 date with a special event on August 31, 2019. It will be a full-day Island festival featuring acts who played alongside Dylan on that famous weekend - or who now carry the torch for those acts for a new generation. Watch this space for imminent announcements about confirmed acts. We will also be announcing a partnership with an internationally acclaimed musician who is set to direct and curate the day’s events.

This is poised to be a memorable, family-friendly event at an established open-air concert site - and not simply aimed at the veterans of 1969, but for anyone who has been touched by the music of the era and its influence down the years. Look out for upcoming details of festival-related exhibitions and other attractions.

Stand by for all you need to know about tickets, full venue details and more announcements on the bill to honour Bob Dylan and the star-studded roster of the Island’s never-to-be forgotten 1969 Festival of Music.

 
 
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events

 

SOLD OUT!

All Wight Now 2018 @ The Cow at Tapnell Farm

Saturday 1st September 2018

lINE UP: ARTHUR BROWN, DICK TAYLOR & PHIL MAY WITH JC & ANGELINA, ASHLEY HUTCHINGS, THE ALBERTS.

OUTLANDISH late-60s rock star Arthur Brown is to perform at All Wight Now, the Isle of Wight retrospective to mark the 50th anniversary of the original Island festival back in 1968.

Arthur, the flamboyant vocalist who sold a million with world-wide hit 'Fire', starred at the inaugural festival at Ford Farm on the Island on September 1, 1968. 

Exactly 50 years to the day, he will be back to join fellow 68 festival performers Ashley Hutchings, an integral part of the 1968 Fairport Convention lineup, and The Pretty Things' Dick Taylor and Phil May, with support from local band The Alberts.

Ashley (founder of the Fairport Convention) will bring both his music and his unique reminiscences of that time. Bob Dylan said of him (in September 2015): “Ashley Hutchings is the single most important figure in the history of English folk-rock.” 

For this first event as as a special 'one off' Dick Taylor & Phil May (The Pretty Things) are teaming up with Popular Island Artists JC & Angelina

The venue for this year’s event is The Cow at Tapnell Farm: a stunning rural location in the West Wight with unrivalled views overlooking the site of the legendary 1970 IW Festival at East Afton.

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OUR BIG EVENT, 2018….

All Wight Now 2018 @ The Cow at Tapnell Farm Saturday 1st September 2018 (Times TBA) SOLD OUT

Arthur Brown, Ashley Hutchings Trio, Dick Taylor & Phil May (The Pretty Things) meets JC & Angelina, and The Alberts.

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FUTURE EVENTS...

All Wight Now 2019 @ Island venue TBC

Saturday, August 31, 2019; Line ups TBC

All Wight Now 2020 - THE BIG ONE! @ East Afton Farm TBC

Dates and line ups and location TBC

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news/press

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FIRE! All Wight Now lights up with ARTHUR BROWN 

OUTLANDISH late-60s rock star Arthur Brown is to perform at All Wight Now, the Isle of Wight retrospective to mark the 50th anniversary of the original Island festival back in 1968.

+ The Alberts Join the Line up and Guy Portelli to exhibit new sculpture at event..

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'THE PRETTY THINGS MEETS JC and ANGELINA' 

ADDED TO ALL WIGHT NOW LINEUP

'The Pretty Things Meets JC and Angelina' features original band members Phil May and well-known Island resident Dick Taylor, supported by two of the Island's finest musicians..

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The BBC Visit original site of Festival... 

The BBC was back on the iconic 1970 festival site - just across the road from Tapnell - to film footage for a documentary to be screened in late summer to mark the 50th anniversaries of the original 1968, 69 and 70 Isle of Wight festivals.

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about us

 
It’s about the music, the memories and the legacy..
— Andy Knight, Chairman of the All Wight Now Group
 
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Our Team

ALL WIGHT NOW Mission Statement: All Wight Now educates, inspires and entertains the widest possible audience and preserves the musical and cultural legacy of the historic 1968, 1969 and 1970 Isle of Wight festivals.

 
John Medland

John Medland

John medland (chairman)

John Medland MSc Econ: a repeatedly published Iocal historian with 30 years’ experience in community development projects and programme management at  local, national and international levels including 10 years with the United Nations Association of Wales and three years working in the UNESCO secretariat.  From 1999 to 2009 he developed an Isle of Wight-wide free monthly door-to-door monthly community development magazine increasing circulation from 3,500 to 63,000.  Since 2013 he has been twice elected as one of the 40 County Councillors of the Isle of Wight Council.

Jonathan Bacon

Jonathan Bacon

Jonathan bacon

Jonathan, a lifelong music fan, has a high public profile on the Island and is a former leader of the IW Council. He is currently chairman of the IW Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; a director at Solent Communications, an established media and communications company and runs both a classic car hire company and a holiday cottage company. He is a barrister and practised for a decade, specialising in personal injury cases. He is also a parish councillor at Godshill and Rookley. In his spare time - when he has some - he’s been know to enjoy the odd festival.

Dr Brian Hinton

Dr Brian Hinton

Dr Brian Hinton MBE

Dr Brian Hinton MBE: read English at Magdalen College Oxford 1and has published many books of poetry and rock music history, including guides to both the original IoW Festivals and the new events hosted by Solo.  Owns one of the biggest archives of records, books, posters and magazines of the counter culture of the late 1960s, and its heritage.  Many broadcasts on radio and TV, often as a "double act" with Roger Simmonds.  Chairman of the Julia Margaret Trust, and awarded an MBE for services to the arts.

Roger Simmonds

Roger Simmonds

Roger SiMMonds

Roger Simmonds MIMS:  Now retired, formrly an influential senior Public Sector professional, skilled in project management, organisational development, and human resources management. Now a trustee and company secretary at the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust in West Wight and custodian of the original festivals archive held there.  His lifelong interest in music and connection to the current Island festival led to his engagement in conducting media interviews on behalf of the promoters, Solo.  His other interest - in railways - manifested itself as an author of a number of publications.

Andy Knight

Andy Knight

Andy Knight

Andy Knight BSc Hons, PGCE: a lifelong music fan and veteran of the 1970 IW Festival, now retired and living in the West Wight.  From organising (and playing in bands at) innumerable music events while at University College London and subsequently throughout the 1970s, he has had spells in the record business and several years broadcasting on IW community radio.  In 2017, he proposed 'Afton50' - a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the legendary 1970 IW Festival...this rapidly evolved into 'All Wight Now’, commemorating the music, memories and legacy of all three original IW Festivals.