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Saturday, august 31, 2019: All Wight Now Presented Million dollar bash - A full-day 50th anniversary festival … celebrating Bob Dylan at the Iow

...AND WHAT A DAY AND NIGHT IT WAS!

Richard Thompson serves up his “aggressive folk” at MDB.

Richard Thompson serves up his “aggressive folk” at MDB.

WE’LL BE BACK NEXT YEAR TO DO IT ALL AGAIN, CELEBRATING THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 1970…ring September 5 & 6 2020 in your diary and get ready for -

experience 1970

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’69 IoW poster

All set for Experience 1970

Experience 1970: Jimi Hendrix, famously, headlined the 1970 IoW Festival...just two weeks later, he died.

Experience 1970: Jimi Hendrix, famously, headlined the 1970 IoW Festival...just two weeks later, he died.

Ready to remember Jimi, The doors et al

THE dust may have only just settled on our 1969 IW Festival 50th anniversary celebration, but we are already planning EXPERIENCE 1970.. honouring the huge event that was the IoW Festival 1970.

So watch this space if you want to attend or learn more about our plan to hold a TWO-DAY festival on Saturday, September 5, and Sunday, September 6 next year.

1970 was the year all records for a festival were broken in the UK. No wonder it was dubbed the ‘Last Great Event’, featuring Jimi Hendrix’s last major live performance; The Doors last major UK performance plus appearances from icons of the periods such as Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, Miles Davis, The Who, Free and Joni Mitchell.

It was five days of stunning festival music played out in front of a crowd estimated, depending on who you believe, at anything between 300,000 and 600,000. The contemporary music scene had seen nothing like it before - and we’ve seen nothing like it since.

Organisers All Wight Now plan to stage an anniversary show that will be a fitting celebration of the festival that remains the biggest of them all.

 
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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.

 
 

Saturday, August 31, 2019: An echo of 1969 as Musicians and fans flock to pay tribute at the bash - as Dylan’s secret poem is revealed…

The weekend of Saturday, August 31, was 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.

ASHLEY Hutchings, right, and Blair Dunlop perform with Dylancentric at Million Dollar Bash.

ASHLEY Hutchings, right, and Blair Dunlop perform with Dylancentric at Million Dollar Bash.

Fifty years on, Million Dollar Bash had a more modest throng flocking to pay tribute but a star-packed bill made its mark, both with the fans and with the master, Bob Dylan himself.

For Dylan had made contact with the Bssh’s event director, Ashley Hutchings MBE, the acclaimed founder member of Fairport Convention, with an unpublished, unperformed and previously unreleased poem, written more than 50 years ago - so fitting for the anniversary event - for Hutchings to recite during a set by Dylancentric, a band assembled especially for the Bash.

It was entitled ‘ECHO OF THE NORTH COUNTRY’ and the subject matter was Dylan’s teenage sweetheart Echo Helstrom, clearly the girl who inspired the song Girl From the North Country, written after Dylan’s first visit to England in 1962. There has long been debate over what prompted Dylan to compose the song - was it former girlfriend, Echo; was it Bonnie Beecher, whom Dylan also knew before leaving for New York. It was also thought the prompt may have been his then current girlfriend, Suze Rotolo. But the 11-line poem has surely ended the debate in Echo’s favour.

Dylan and Helstrom met at high school in Hibbing, Minnesota, in the 1950s and she died last year, aged 75. Hutchings read out the poem to a hushed gathering. It included references to a “hard ‘n tuff old land...like folks who live there” and described Echo as “sweet as celandine flower” - a buttercup-like bloom.

As the last line of the poem drifted over the crowd, Dylancentric’s Ruth Angell started singing the Dylan song with almost the same title.

Dylancentric’s warmly-received set followed a superb rosta of performances including a 54-minute tour de force from Richard Thompson, Hutching’s old mate from Fairport Convention; a set of similar duration from twin-guitar rock cruisers Wishbone Ash and a barnstorming blues-rock masterclass from Kossoff: The Band Plays On, keeping alive the iridescent flame lit by Free’s guitar virtuso Paul Kossoff on many stages, including the IoW 1969 Festival’s.

Earlier, the beguiling Robyn Hitchcock (if ever a talent deserved greater commercial reward it is this man’s) had the crowd torn between amusement and downright admiration of his wit and talent. There were fine contributions from 2019 The Voice star Deana Walmsley and the fluid songwriting skills of Blair Dunlop. Back from 1969 was Jacqui McShee with a contemporary version of Pentangle and a rousing set from Edward 2, fusing English, Caribbean and Celtic influences. Shout-outs, too, for early-day sets from The Ale Marys and Banter to break in the earliest risers.

 
 

THANKS A MILLION, THANKS A LOT...TO ALL THE FANS AND MUSICIANS

Richard Thompson, back on the IoW for the first time since 1968. Picture: Chris Cornford.

Richard Thompson, back on the IoW for the first time since 1968. Picture: Chris Cornford.

The Guv’nor: Ashley Hutchings, right, with Blair Dunlop. Picture: Dave Cramp.

The Guv’nor: Ashley Hutchings, right, with Blair Dunlop. Picture: Dave Cramp.

Echo of the North Country: Ashley recites Bob Dylan’s exclusive message to the Bash, his 11-line poem to first love, Echo Helstrom. They met at high school in Minnesota.

Echo of the North Country: Ashley recites Bob Dylan’s exclusive message to the Bash, his 11-line poem to first love, Echo Helstrom. They met at high school in Minnesota.

1969 revisited: Julie Felix at the Bash - she played shortly before Dylan in 1969.

1969 revisited: Julie Felix at the Bash - she played shortly before Dylan in 1969.

Phil May, centre, and Dick Taylor, left, from The Pretty Things,

Phil May, centre, and Dick Taylor, left, from The Pretty Things,

Kossoff: The Band Plays On with, from left, Rick Hunt, on bass, John Buckton, lead guitar and vocalist Terry Slesser. Photo: Dave Cramp.

Kossoff: The Band Plays On with, from left, Rick Hunt, on bass, John Buckton, lead guitar and vocalist Terry Slesser. Photo: Dave Cramp.

Wishbone Ash’s guitar attack: From left, Joe Crabtree (drums), Mark Abrahams (guitar), Andy Powell (guitar) and Bob Skeat (bass). Photo: Dave Cramp.

Wishbone Ash’s guitar attack: From left, Joe Crabtree (drums), Mark Abrahams (guitar), Andy Powell (guitar) and Bob Skeat (bass). Photo: Dave Cramp.

Jacqui McShee, another 69 returnee, brought her latest Pentangle line-up’s inimitable folk-rock style to the Bash.

Jacqui McShee, another 69 returnee, brought her latest Pentangle line-up’s inimitable folk-rock style to the Bash.

LAY LADY LAY AND ALL THAT...THE DAY WE TIPPED OUr HATS TO DYLAN

John Buckton, of Kossoff: The Band Plays On, turns on some fine blues-rock guitar. Photograph: Chris Cornford.

John Buckton, of Kossoff: The Band Plays On, turns on some fine blues-rock guitar. Photograph: Chris Cornford.

Wishbone Ash made the Bash their only UK festival in 2019...their own 50th anniversary year. Photo courtesy of Steve Collins.

Wishbone Ash made the Bash their only UK festival in 2019...their own 50th anniversary year. Photo courtesy of Steve Collins.

Richard Thompson brought his lyrical songs and fluid guitar to the fore at the Bash. Photo courtesy of Steve Collins.

Richard Thompson brought his lyrical songs and fluid guitar to the fore at the Bash. Photo courtesy of Steve Collins.

Julie Felix emerges from the backstage tepee. Photo: Dave Cramp.

Julie Felix emerges from the backstage tepee. Photo: Dave Cramp.

Style and wit from Robyn Hitchcock. Photo: Dave Cramp.

Style and wit from Robyn Hitchcock. Photo: Dave Cramp.

Dylancentric, from left, Ruth Angell, Guy Fletcher, Blair Dunlop, Ashley Hutchings and Ken Nicol. Photo: Steve Collins.

Dylancentric, from left, Ruth Angell, Guy Fletcher, Blair Dunlop, Ashley Hutchings and Ken Nicol. Photo: Steve Collins.

This shot of Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle shows Ellie Moore’s stage design work, mirroring the original Bill Foulk design for the 1969 IoW Festival. Photo: Dave Cramp.

This shot of Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle shows Ellie Moore’s stage design work, mirroring the original Bill Foulk design for the 1969 IoW Festival. Photo: Dave Cramp.

Julie felix back on the ‘69 Festival site … treading in the foosteps of bob Dylan!

Julie Felix, back on the 1969 IoW Festival site in Woodside Bay, Wootton, on Tuesday: She is pictured performing in front of CH Vintage Audio’s superb vintage Dylan IoW backdrop - and through Chris Hewitt’s vintage 1969 WEM Isle of Wight Festival sound gear. Picture: Doug Haywood.

Julie Felix, back on the 1969 IoW Festival site in Woodside Bay, Wootton, on Tuesday: She is pictured performing in front of CH Vintage Audio’s superb vintage Dylan IoW backdrop - and through Chris Hewitt’s vintage 1969 WEM Isle of Wight Festival sound gear. Picture: Doug Haywood.

It’s the summer of ‘69…

Dateline Isle of Wight, Tuesday, August 27, 2019: Julie Felix returned to the 1969 festival site as the countdown to Million Dollar Bash begins in earnest. She sang, of course, and charmed the media - unveiling a new oil-on-canvas study of Bob Dylan from artist Alex Williams. Sculptor Guy Portelli displayed a scaled-down version of his work-in-progress life-size Dylan cast. And it was all set in front of a brilliant backdrop of period 1969 Dylan from CH Vintage Audio...with Chris Hewitt’s superb collection of 69-70 Island festival sound gear in all its glory!

See you all on Saturday at the Bash!

 
Julie, with Peter Harrigan, left, unveils artist Alex Williams painting; Guy Portelli’s Bob Dylan cast is seen far right.

Julie, with Peter Harrigan, left, unveils artist Alex Williams painting; Guy Portelli’s Bob Dylan cast is seen far right.

 
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events & tickets

 

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW — click the link below!

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

iT IS ON ….THIS 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!! Island discounted sales are available at That 60’s Place, Cowes’ High Street and at Dimbola Galleries and Museum, Freshwater Bay. Still without a ticket on Saturday? No problem - you can pay at the gate at the County Showground.


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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...

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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

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news/press

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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.

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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.

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The Original IoW 1969-70 WEM sound gear is back…

Chris Hewitt, of CH 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

 
 
Deana, star of The Voice, with the new book and All Wight Now T-shirt.

Deana, star of The Voice, with the new book and All Wight Now T-shirt.

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.

 
Ray Foulk, IoW Festivals 1968-70 co-promoter, at the launch.

Ray Foulk, IoW Festivals 1968-70 co-promoter, at the launch.

…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 is staging a new exhibition in Freshwater, on the Island’s west coast,to mark the 50th anniversary - and Bash ticketholders will be admitted free of charge! Here Ray, left, introduces a Dylan film at the Millin Dollar Bash’s Island launch.

 
Richard Thompson: The Bash’s special guest

Richard Thompson: The Bash’s special guest

Watch classic Wishbone Ash here...

Bash partner: Playlist For Life

Bash partner: Playlist For Life

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!

Richard Thompson: Great to be back after all these years!

 

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Is this man the best songwriter of them all (after Bob Dylan)?

Richard Thompson earned that lofty comparison from the LA Times, no less. And this folk-rock legend is back on the Island for the first time since the inaugural IoW Festival way back in 1968 - when was lead guitarist with Fairport Convention.

He is looking forward to playing again on the Island at the Million Dollar Bash and, when we caught up with Richard, he said:

“"Hard to believe it’s more than 50 years since the first IoW festival. It was cold, ran hours behind schedule, and was nowhere near as glamorous as the following year (1969), but the music was stellar, and we were proud to be a part of it!"

And that full LA Times quote? Well, it embraced the two biggest IoW Festival legends. Here it is:

“The finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix.”

Miss this man at the Bash if you dare...

Andy Powell of wishbone Ash: we are totally psyched to be playing Million Dollar bash!

Blowin’ Free...Wishbone Ash are clearly relishing their trip to the Isle of Wight and playing the Bash. Picture shows, from left, guitarist Mark Abrahams, drummer Joe Crabtree and Andy Powell.

Blowin’ Free...Wishbone Ash are clearly relishing their trip to the Isle of Wight and playing the Bash. Picture shows, from left, guitarist Mark Abrahams, drummer Joe Crabtree and Andy Powell.

Wishbone ash’s founder member’s message…

ANDY Powell, brandishing that trademark Gibson Flying V, is without doubt the enduring symbol of Wishbone Ash, an ever present in the band since it formed back in 1969. We caught up with him in the south of France, where they recently played and worked on several songs for an upcoming album.

Andy told the Bash: “We send special wishes to you...we will be playing the Million Dollar Bash on August 31 on the Isle of Wight - as everyone knows, the home of so many famous festivals back in the day. We are totally pscyhed to be there!”

Thanks Andy! We are delighted to welcome you to the Island - and congratulations on Wishbone Ash’s own 50th anniversary!

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about us

 
It’s about the music, the memories and the legacy..
— Andy Knight, Founding Chair of the All Wight Now Group
 

Get your copy now…

 
Bob Dylan at the Isle of Wight, 1969: this book takes a revealing new look on the 50th anniversary.

Bob Dylan at the Isle of Wight, 1969: this book takes a revealing new look on the 50th anniversary.

 

‘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.

 
 

Million dollar Bash goes dementia friendly

 
 
The way we were: far out man, the 1969 IoW crowd enjoy the atmosphere at Woodside Bay.

The way we were: far out man, the 1969 IoW crowd enjoy the atmosphere at Woodside Bay.

Dementia carers get free admission

All Wight Now, the group behind the Million Dollar Bash, has decided all carers accompanying ticket holders with dementia will be admitted to the Bash free of charge.

Carers must accompany their relative/client ticketholder to the entrance at the venue (County Showground) where they will receive free admission alongside their ticket—holding client.

AWN’s Barbara Stephens, chief executive of Dementia Pathfinders, said: “We hope this will encourage both those people living with dementia - and their carers - to enjoy the festival.”


Making the bash a friendly place…

With the Million Dollar Bash celebrating the Isle Of Wight Festival of 1969, much of the music played will resonate with a generation of people - some of which may be living with dementia. The partnership with the charity Playlist of Life aims to allow this music to have a positive impact on all of those who attend...

  • All event stewards will have Dementia Friends training. This will give them the knowledge and ability to assist anyone living with dementia at the event in the correct and recommended manner.

  • There will be a separate Quiet Zone in a marquee separated from the crowds. This area will be for those living with dementia and their carer. This will allow those who become anxious a safe haven.

  • Increased seating areas; signposts will all be designed to be as simple to read as possible i.e. they will be black with white writing. Toilet facilities will be simple to operate with obvious taps, flush handles, door handles and more.

Pete Townshend, of The Who, in full cry during their IoW 1969 set.

Pete Townshend, of The Who, in full cry during their IoW 1969 set.


Barbara Stephens: music aids connections.

Barbara Stephens: music aids connections.

Music for Dementia 2020: Supports the Bash.

Music for Dementia 2020: Supports the Bash.

Playlist for Life & Million Dollar Bash: Music has the key to unlock memories

Barbara Stephens, chief executive of Dementia Pathfinders, who is developing links with the dementia community and leading on the initiative to make the Million Dollar Bash dementia friendly, said: "Memories of the 1969 Festival will be sustained throughout the course of the lives of the people who were there.

“Relating these memories - and the power of the music from this significant period in history - with the work of the charity Playlist for Life makes complete sense.

Playlist for Life encourages everyone to create their personal playlist - the soundtrack of their life - to ensure that the tunes and songs that prompt meaningful memories are known about by family and friends and are readily available.

“For people with dementia, music that has personal meaning fosters deep connections that do not rely on language, - promoting reminiscence, stimulating emotions and improving quality of life and enjoyment." 

Playlist For Life is an official partner of Million Dollar Bash.

Playlist For Life is an official partner of Million Dollar Bash.

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MEET THE TEAM

Jonathan Bacon

Jonathan Bacon

Chairman and driving force, Jonathan is also a barrister, businessman and local politician. Where does he find the time...

Barbara Stephens

Barbara Stephens

Barbara is chief executive of Dementia Pathfinders and brings a whole new skill-set to AWN. Leading our desire to make MDB Dementia Friendly...

Bill Bradshaw

Bill Bradshaw

Award-winning Fleet Street journalist and author. Bill loves blues-rock and his time at the IW County Press. He gets the word out about what we do...

ALL WIGHT NOW MISSION STATEMENT: To educate, inspire and entertain the widest possible audience and preserve the musical and cultural legacy of the historic 1968, 69 and 70 Isle of Wight Festivals.

Peter Harrigan

Peter Harrigan

Peter is director of Medina Publishing and was PR executive of the huge 1969 and 1970 IoW Festivals. Despite that, he came back for more...

Roger Simmonds

Roger Simmonds

Roger Simmonds is our festival expert. He was at the 1968 IoW Festival and has seen more muddy fields than Baden Powell - with a hat to match...

Guy Portelli

Guy Portelli

Guy is a rock’n’roll sculptor and much more besides - bringing out AWN’s artistic side. Check out his festival panels and Bob Dylan cast...

All Wight Now Team…continued

John Medland MSc Econ

John Medland MSc Econ

John was temporary chair for much of the early planning for MDB. Parish councillor, author and waist-deep in community affairs. Twice elected as one of 40 county councillors of the Iow Council.

Victoria Hansen

Victoria Hansen

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

Debbie Andre

Debbie Andre

Debbie is already well known among the MDB acts as she is head honcho for travel and hotel arrangements. Independent councillor for Sandown North.

Andy Knight BSc Hons, PGCE

Andy Knight BSc Hons, PGCE

Victoria is one of our advance scouts, tracking down artists for the Bash and also for Guy Portelli’s festival-related sculptures. She is pictured showing part of Guy’s hand-print panel.

Jan Peters

Jan Peters

Jan has the most difficult job in our ranks. As secretary she calls us to order and then tries to make sense of our chat. And she loves a good festival, too.

Andy is the man with the plan. Our founding chair and the guy who came up with the whole idea to celebrate. What’s not to like?

Paul Armfield

Paul Armfield

Paul is a musician, ex-bookstore boss, venue manager and experienced festival performer. A recent additiion to our ranks.