Isle of Wight 1969: All Wight Now announces Million dollar bash - A full-day 50th anniversary festival…
Saturday, August 31, 2019
The Bash promises to be a superb one-day gig, honouring the music, memories and the legacy of Bob Dylan and Co with an all-star bill. Tickets - £44 including booking fee (half price under-18s and kids under-10 go FREE) - on this site NOW!!! Discounted Island sales at That 60’s Place, Cowes, and at Dimbola, Freshwater: £40 adults; £20 under-18s.
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Bob Dylan at the Iow 1969: ALL wight now celebrates 50 years on with Million dollar bash…
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.
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 website 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 our event director. Already confirmed are Wishbone Ash, celebrating their own 50th anniversary this year; legendary folk-rocker Richard Thompson is now confirmed to appear as special guest 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. We can also confirm the wonderful Julie Felix and fellow ‘69 veterans, Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle, and The Pretty Things’ Dick Taylor and Phil May, will be at the Bash, giving an autentic 1969 flavour to the event! This is poised to be a memorable, family-friendly gathering at an established open-air IoW concert site - the County Showground, between Cowes and Newport. It is planned to be weather-proof with our huge big-top capable of holding approx 2,500 fans. 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.
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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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, WISHBONE ASH, KOSSOFF: THE BAND PLAYS ON, JULIE FELIX, JACQUI McSHEE’S PENTANGLE, DICK TAYLOR and PHIL MAY of THE PRETTY THINGS PLUS, JUDY DUNLOP, DEANA (FROM THE VOICE), BANTER, BLAIR DUNLOP TRIO, KEN NICOL AND MORE!
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 now confirmed as a special guest while rockers are catered for with a 2019 UK festival exclusive appearance by Wishbone Ash, celebrating their own 50th anniversary this year. They will play the Bash ahead of an autumn tour.
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.
A clutch of 1969 stars are returning to play. Legendary Julie Felix is confirmed, as are Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle. Both Felix and Pentangle played superb sets in 1969 just a few hours before Dylan on the Sunday of that festival. The Pretty Things’s Dick Taylor and Phil May - also ‘69 veterans - to be backed by Island musicians J.C. and Angelina, are confirmed!
Rising star Deana Walmsley has already performed a brilliant set at the Bash’s media launch at That 60s Place, Cowes, on May 28. Deana will be back to play 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.”
Bag your Million Dollar Bash tickets now online, at £40 plus £4 booking fee, by CLICKING THE LINK BELOW. Under-18 tickets are half price, £22, and under-10s go FREE!!
OUR 2019 MILLION DOLLAR BASH LAUNCH …
Our launch party for Million Dollar Bash at THAT 60’s PLACE, High Street, Cowes, on May 28, was a great success!
Special guest Deana Walmsley, pictured right - 2019 star of The Voice - performed. This is Deana in action on the balcony above a startled High Street below! Watch her sing Dylan’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’ in the video below...
OUR BIG 2019 EVENT.…and a note for next year!
All Wight Now 2019 - Million Dollar Bash @ The County Showground, Cowes.
Saturday, August 31, 2019. All-star bill.
All Wight Now 2020 - THE BIG ONE! @ East Afton Farm TBC
Dates and line ups and location TBC
FREE…their spirit lives with KOSSOFF: THE BAND PLAYS ON!
Free were rising stars at both the 1969 and 70 IoW festivals. At Million Dollar Bash, their blues-rock will be interpreted by Kossoff: The Band Plays On, led by Free guitarist Paul Kossoff’s final band vocalist Terry Slesser. Guitarist John Buckton is acclaimed as the finest interpreter of Kossoff’s blues playing. Click ‘Learn More’, below, for a video of them in live performance.
SPECIAL GUEST RICHARD THOMPSON - A FOLK-ROCK ICON - IS CONFIRMED ON THE MILLION DOLLAR BASH BILL
BIG news at our May 28 launch party - Richard Thompson, famed for his work with Fairport Convention, his partnership with Linda Thompson and also with The Albion Band is now added to the August 31 bill.
The Original IoW 1969-70 WEM sound gear is back…
Chris Hewitt, of Vintage Audio, is bringing a chunk of his vast collection of original Island festival WEM sound gear, including stacks and mixing desks, to Million Dollar Bash. Some musicians may be playing through the system on the day.
Million dollar bash’s lift off
August festival and new Dylan book launched at That 60’s Place, Cowes
MILLION Dollar Bash, the August 31 festival set to honour the 50th anniversary of the legendary 1969 ‘Dylan’ IoW event, officially launched on May 28 at That 60’s Place, in Cowes’ High Street. It was announced that folk-rock icon Richard Thompson would join an already impressive bill. Rising star Deana Walmsley, a star of ITV’s 2019 The Voice, entertained the attending media and general public with a fine set from the balcony of the 60’s rock-themed bar-restaurant. Deana was one of the first to bag a copy of a new book on the 1969 festival: Bob Dylan at the Isle of Wight, 1969, by Bill Bradshaw. The book is published by Medina Publishing at £12.95.
…and here is the man who brought Bob Dylan to the IoW all those years ago!
RAY Foulk and his brothers, Ronnie and Bill, lived in Totland Bay on the west of the Island 50 years ago. Together they landed the coup of bringing Jefferson Airplane to their modest first festival in 1968 and Jimi Hendrix to the gargantuan 1970 IoW gathering. But their biggest prize was surely landing Bob Dylan to headline in 1969. Ray, who had never been out of the UK before, flew to New York with festival colleague Rikki Farr and persuaded the great man to end his exile from live performing and come to the Island. Here Ray, left, introduces a Dylan film at the launch.
Richard thompson confirmed to play… and Wishbone ash ready to rock at 50!
RICHARD Thompson, one of the great names of British folk rock, has been in discussions for a little while to appear at the Million Dollar Bash and we were delighted to confirm his addition to the bill at our Cowes launch on May 28. Hailed by many as a supreme guitarist, Richard was one of the founders of Fairport Convention back in 1967 and played at the first Isle of Wight festival in 1968. He was also a mainstay of The Albion Band and had both commercial and critical acclaim for his work with Linda Thompsonin the 1970s.
Bash event director Ashley Hutchings is a fellow Fairports founder and there is every likelihood the pair will team up at some point on August 31.
Meanwhile, there is a treat in store for lovers of classic twin-axe guitar rock with Wishbone Ash set to play a UK exclusive with their appearance at Million Dollar Bash. This will be the band’s sole UK festival appearance in 2019 - the year they celebrate their own 50th anniversary - ahead of a later autuman and winter nationwide tour.
Wishbone Ash are led by Stepney-born Andy Powell, a founding member of the band back in 1969 and famous for their innovative use of twin lead guitars. They produce a driving, West Coast-influenced sound and scored significant chart success in the early 1970s with albums such as Wishbone Ash, Argus and Pilgrimage. Wishbone Ash have a loyal, worldwide fan base and continue to tour both in the UK and overseas.
Meanwhile, in June, All Wight Now announced that the Million Dollar Bash would become the world’s first “Dementia Friendly” Festival. As part of the move, the Bash is partnering with Playlist for Life, a leading UK dementia and music charity. More details to follow!
Get your copy now…
‘it is a fantastic book and a great trip down memory lane…it will sell well because it is brilliantly done and brilliantly written’ - george galloway, firebrand former mp, broadcaster and arch bob dylan afici0nado
Award-winning Fleet Street journalist Bill Bradshaw takes an entertaining look back at Bob Dylan at the Isle of Wight Festival of Music, 50 years on. It’s told through first-hand accounts from artists, the festival organisers and the fans who flocked to the Island to see Dylan, a host of other brilliant acts - and rock history being made. Click the button, above, to secure your copy at a special Million Dollar Bash price.
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 (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, 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 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 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 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. Andy was the founding chair of All Wight Now.
MEET THE Team 2
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 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 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..
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 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: 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.