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Isle of Wight 1969: All Wight Now announces Million dollar bash - A 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: MILLION DOLLAR BASH Celebrating Isle of Wight 1969. Tickets on sale here NOW!!!

Go to the Events page to buy your tickets!!!

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Bob Dylan at the Iow 1969: ALL wight now celebrates 50 years on with Million dollar bash…

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:

Million dollar bash: Tickets on sale NOW!

The weekend of Saturday August 31 is exactly 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 1968 IoW 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 1968 IoW 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 event with a special celebratory festival on Saturday, August 31, 2019. Tickets are now available on this site for a full-day Island event featuring acts who played alongside Dylan on that famous weekend - or who now carry the torch for a new generation. We’ve combined with Ashley Hutchings MBE, the acclaimed founder member of Fairport Convention, who is the event director. Already confirmed are Wishbone Ash, celebrating their own 50th anniversary this year; legendary folk-rocker Richard Thompson is in advanced talks to appear and Dylancentric - a star-packed band assembled by Hutchings - will pay homage to Bob Dylan at this event. We can now reveal blues rocker’s Free’s 1969 festival appearance will be represented by Kossoff: The Band Plays On, featuring voalist Terry Slesser, founder member of legendary Free guitarist Paul Kossoff’s last band. Details will follow of more top acts, including the wonderful Julie Felix and fellow ‘69 veterans Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle plus other especially returning stars from the iconic 1969 event! This is poised to be a memorable, family-friendly event at an established open-air IoW concert site - the County Showground, between Cowes and Newport. It will be loved by anyone who has been touched by the music of the era or its influences down the years. Look out, too, for upcoming details of festival-related exhibitions and other attractions.

So stand by for 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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GET YOUR TICKETS NOW — click the link below!

All Wight Now presents: MILLION DOLLAR BASH 2018 @ The IoW County Showground, Nr Cowes, PO31 8QU.

Saturday, August 31,2019

LINE UP: DYLANCENTRIC, SPECIAL GUEST RICHARD THOMPSON (TBC), WISHBONE ASH, KOSSOFF: THE BAND PLAYS ON, JULIE FELIX, JAACQUI McSHEE’S PENTANGLE PLUS MANY MORE TO BE CONFIRMED VERY SOON!

THE 2nd IoW Festival of Music in 1969 put the Island on the map thanks to a star-studded line-up headed by the incomparable Bob Dylan. Among those joining him were The Who, The Moody Blues, Joe Cocker, Free, Marsha Hunt, Julie Felix and Pentangle.

This August 31, that festival will be honoured by a great bill of talent led by Fairport Convention founder member Ashley Hutchings’ Dylancentric, a band hand-picked by him especially for Million Dollar Bash. Fellow Fairports veteran Richard Thompson is in advanced talks to appear as a special guest while rockers are catered for with a 2019 UK exclusive appearance by Wishbone Ash, celebrating their own 50th anniversary this year.

If blues-rock is your thing, Kossoff: The Band Plays On are on hand to mark Free’s performance at the 1969 festival. The band is fronted by Terry Slesser, founded member of Free guitarist Paul Kossoff’s final band, Back Street Crawler. On guitar, John Buckton is regarded as the finest interpreter of Kossoff’s unique playing.

There will be a clutch of 1969 stars returning to play. Legendary Julie Felix is confirmed, as are Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle. Both Felix and Pentangle played superb sets on the ‘69 stage just a few hours before Dylan on the Sunday of that event. Stand by for breaking news of many more top artists to be added to the bill.

Also, a fine contemporary artist will be performing at the media launch of Million Dollar Bash at That 60s Place, Cowes, on May 28. This follows her big breakthrough on national television in 2019. She will also be playing at the Bash in August.

So Million Dollar Bash is in good hands - Bob Dylan himself said of Ashley Hutchings (in September 2015): “Ashley Hutchings is the single most important figure in the history of English folk-rock.” 

To secure your tickets, on sale now at £40 plus £4 booking fee, click the link below.

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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 - Million Dollar Bash @ The County Showground, Cowes.

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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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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Meet the Team 1

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 festival enthusiast, has a high public profile on the Island. He has several businesses and worked for 20 years as a barrister and law Lecturer before becoming a local councillor and spending two years as the Leader of the Isle of Wight Council. He currently works in Event Management as well as being a trustee of a number of local charities and chair of the Island Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is involved in the current campaigns to make the Isle of Wight a UNESCO Biosphere  and to gain International Dark Sky status. He has long had a fascination and interest in music of all kinds.

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, formerly 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 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 evolved into 'All Wight Now’, commemorating the music, memories and legacy of all three original IW Festivals.

 

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ALL WIGHT NOW VISION: To create a sustainable, world-class cultural and visitor centre on the Isle of Wight to showcase and celebrate the unique  heritage and legacy of the IoW Music Festivals on the modern cultural landscape.

 
Guy Portelli

Guy Portelli

Guy Portelli PVPRBA FRBS

Guy Portelli is a sculptor who came to the public attention through his appearance on BBC TV's Dragons Den in 2008. Guy has also worked in advertising, television and event management. His particular interest is the crossover between art and music, and he has created many sculptures inspired by pop icons, including two projects directly linked to the IoW Festivals. Many IoW Festival artists from the original 1968-69-70 events have contributed outlines of their hands for this project. He was an exhibitor at the 2018 AWN anniversary event to celebrate the inaugural 1968 IoW Festival. Author of Modern British Sculpture published by Schiffer.

Peter Harrigan

Peter Harrigan

Peter Harrigan

Peter Harrigan is All Wight Now’s direct link with the original festivals. He was publicity director for the biggest of those famous events, held in 1969 and 1970. IoW born, he subsequently lived and worked for more than four decades in West Africa and the Middle East. He is a contributing editor of Aramco World Magazine and has advised on a Unesco World Heritage Site museums project in Saudi Arabia, publishing several books on the living heritage site in four languages. He is founder of Medina Publishing, which produces books for both the western market and the Arab World. Titles include the definitive and acclaimed two volumes on the IoW Festivals by organiser Ray Foulk..

Paul Armfield

Paul Armfield

Paul ArMfield

Since Paul’s first gig at the age of 12, he has balanced his musical career with various other roles in the arts. From running a successful bookstore for 20 years, to more recently taking over the helm of Quay Arts on the IoW. With six critically acclaimed solo albums under his belt, Paul has performed at many of the biggest and best festivals both here in the UK and in Europe where he regularly tours.

Victoria Hansen

Victoria Hansen

Victoria hansen

Victoria has more than 30 years managerial experience, notably in the publishing, fashion and travel industries. She has organised exhibitions and shows for sculptor Guy Portell and is currently helping with his collection of musician’s handprints commemorating the sculpture celebrating the 1968-70 IoW Festivals. Away from work, she enjoys horse riding, walking and travelling.

Bill Bradshaw

Bill Bradshaw

Bill Bradshaw

Bill Bradshaw: Award-winning Fleet Street journalist, editor and broadcaster. As a music columnist he interviewed stars such as Marc Bolan, Sonja Kristina, Billy Fury, David Essex and Cliff Richard before switching to sport. He won two national Sports Journalist of the Year awards and hosted shows for Sky Sports News. Now on the Island, he has just ended a four-year stint as Features Editor of the IoW County Press.