A GOLDEN JUBILEE ON THE DIAMOND ISLE
ALL WIGHT NOW was conceived as a project to celebrate the 50th Anniversaries of the original Isle of Wight Festivals of 1968, 1969 and 1970 – the music, the memories and the legacy.
The name, All Wight Now, recalls one of the biggest-selling singles of 1970: “All Right Now” – performed live by ‘Free’ during their iconic set on the last day of the 1970 Festival at Afton.
Borne of the heady energy and hopes of the late 60s, these 3 gatherings distilled the essence of those exciting times – through both the music and the sense of being part of something new and unique. From small beginnings in 1968, The Isle of Wight Festival grew in 1969, and culminated in the extraordinary and legendary 1970 event at Afton.
We are delighted to have received this message of support for our planned events from Ian Anderson of ‘Jethro Tull’:
“One of the legendary social and cultural game-changers in the annuls of modern music history, the IOW festival in 1970 marked a watershed in the promoting of music festivals everywhere. Jethro Tull were privileged to be on the bill on the last night and we performed in the late evening slot just before Jimi Hendrix.
Now, 50 years later, there is to be a reawakening of those few heady days so long ago which ended the Summer Of Love in the UK.
Join the nostalgic and informative celebration of that little corner of the Isle of Wight, then and now.
Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull.” (September 2017)
The first of these three annual events, marking the 50th Anniversary of each festival, was a great success at Tapnell Farm in September, 2018. So come and join us this year for the second event, honouring the 1969 ‘Dylan’ festival on the Island...
Million Dollar Bash will take place on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at the County Showground, near Cowes, with an all-star bill. It will be 50 years to the day since Bob Dylan and The Band headlined the Sunday of that legendary festival.