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 Arthur Brown courtesy Geoff Brown

Arthur Brown courtesy Geoff 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.

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.

All Wight Now takes place at The Cow, Tapnell Farm, East Afton, Yarmouth, just across the road from the iconic 1970 festival site. It will be held on Saturday, September 1. Tickets are selling well but are still available from allwightnow.com

AWN chairman Andy Knight said: "We want to celebrate the music, the memories and legacy of the original festivals and Arthur Brown's confirmation is fantastic news. This year's event was always going to be relatively low-key - because the 68 event was a relatively modest one-day festival - but to have three acts representing bands who played back in the day is just brilliant."

At the height of his fame, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown featured Arthur famously setting fire to his headgear on stage while performing 'Fire'. His set was one of the most memorable performances from the 1968 event.

 

To add to the musical mix, Island band The Alberts will set the scene at the start of the evening with some reflections from 1968 and the evening will also include an on-stage discussion forum featuring several artists from the 1968 event.

There is to be an exhibition from CH Vintage Audio with an array of original sound gear from the 1969 and 1970 IW festivals at Wootton and Afton respectively, running on 1st September from 11am to 11.30pm. It was these mixing desks, speakers and mics that were used by the likes of The Who, The Doors, Free, Rory Gallagher and Jimi Hendrix.

Also on show will be an exhibition of iconic festival photography from the Cameron Life vaults.

And to complete the exhibition space attractions is an in-progress artwork from sculptor Guy Portelli who will be working on 'The Wight Rocks 50', a mosaic depicting the Island's festivals featuring 200 handprints from iconic rock artists.

All Wight Now is organising a series of events to mark the 50th anniversaries of all three original festivals in 1968-69-70. Stand by for more announcements about 2019 and 2020 retrospectives.

Press release by Bill Bradshaw.

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All Pictures below courtesy of IW County Press

 Dick Taylor, Phil May, Frank Holland

Dick Taylor, Phil May, Frank Holland

 
 

Press Release: 12/06/2018

'THE PRETTY THINGS MEETS JC and ANGELINA' ADDED TO ALL WIGHT NOW LINEUP

All Wight Now, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the original Isle of Wight Festivals, has added its next major name to the bill of original artists at its 1968 retrospective onSeptember 1.

'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. They will appear at The Cow, Tapnell Farm, to help celebrate the music, the memories and the legacy of the 1968 event - the inaugural Island festival. All Wight Now is also to mark the 50th anniversaries of the 1969 and 1970 Island festivals next year and in 2020.

The Pretty Things, whose rocking roots go back to formation of The Rolling Stones, played at both the 68 and 69 Island Festivals. The  band has announced that 2018 will be their last year of touring so the All Wight Now event will be one of the last occasions for fans to pay homage.

Dick Taylor said: “I’m really looking forward to performing at the AWN 50th commemoration event.  I have fond memories performing particularly of the 1968 show, it seemed like it ushered in a new era and in many ways it did.” 

Roger Simmonds, All Wight Now spokesman, said: "All Wight Now is about celebrating the music and memories of the original IW Festivals. Our line-up is therefore made up largely of artistes who appeared at those events.

"We are overjoyed to have The Pretty Things featuring JC and Angelina appearing at All Wight Now - it is sure to be a highlight of the event."

The Pretty Things Meets JC and Angelina join headliner The Ashley Hutchings Trio (Hutchings appeared with Fairport Convention at the 1968 festival) at All Wight Now. Another 1968 original festival artist, Paul Athey, is also to appear.

Further announcements of the other artists to appear will follow soon. Visitors to this year;s Isle of Wight Festival (June 21-24) can find out more about All Wight Now by visiting the Dimbola marquee at the festival.

All Wight Now's 1968 celebration take place on Saturday, September 1, from 7pm until midnight, at The Cow, Tapnell Farm, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 OYJ. Tickets priced at £18 plus booking fee are still available from: www.allwightnow.com

Press release by Bill Bradshaw.

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 From left, Roger Simmonds of All Wight Now, Dick Taylor, of The Pretty Things, Chris Hewitt, of CH Vintage Audio, IW Festival promoter John Giddings and Nick Turner, formerly of Hawkwind

From left, Roger Simmonds of All Wight Now, Dick Taylor, of The Pretty Things, Chris Hewitt, of CH Vintage Audio, IW Festival promoter John Giddings and Nick Turner, formerly of Hawkwind

Press Release: 19/06/2018

THE searing guitar tones of Jimi Hendrix cascaded across the fields of East Afton Farm as the BBC conjured up the spirit of the original IW festivals - something that will be celebrated by ALL WIGHT NOW at The Cow, Tapnell Farm, on September 1.

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.

The first of those took place on September 1, 1968, at Ford Farm, Whitwell, starring Jefferson Airplane, Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Tyrannosaurus Rex and The Pretty Things, drawing a 15,000-strong crowd. It sparked the much bigger Island events in 1969 at Wootton Bay, headlined by Bob Dylan, and the 1970 festival at East Afton Farm with a massive bill topped by Hendrix.

Present-day IW Festival promoter John Giddings was on hand as Chris Hewitt, of CH Vintage Audio, assembled a stack of original Island festival WEM sound gear, speaker stacks, mixing desk and Marshall amplification equipment. It was the very gear used by Hendrix, The Who, Free, The Moody Blues and many others bands at East Afton in 1970.

Giddings was joined by Island resident Dick Taylor of The Pretty Things, and Nick Turner, an ex-Hawkwind band member. Taylor and his band played at the 68 festival while Hawkwind unofficially played at the 1970 event on Desolation Alley — on a makeshift stage with bands playing to fans without tickets.

The Pretty Things will be playing at this year's IW Festival, which begins this week, and also at the All Wight Now 1968 retrospective event at Tapnell Farm, on September 1, when they will be billed as The Pretty Things Meets JC and Angelina.

Topping the bill at Tapnell will be Ashley Hutchings, who played the 1968 festival with Fairport Convention. He is bringing his trio to The Cow.

Giddings said: "I love this re-creation and I support the All Wight Now event to mark the 50th anniversary. Anything that promotes the Island and marks such great events has to be good. 

"I have always wanted to do that ever since we brought the festival back in 2002 - but sometimes it can be hard work. Seeing this fine old gear used by the greats of yesterday is just great."

Dick Taylor said: "I remember the first festival in 1968 when we played. The highlight for me was being on the same bill as Jefferson Airplane. To get them to the Island was just unreal at the time. I also remember Arthur Brown, of course, and his famous trick of setting his hair on fire - or appearing to. Great memories."

Nick Turner, resplendent in a stetson and Confederate jacket, played a medley on saxophone before the original Hendrix tapes were played through the WEM stacked gear and music again filled the air.

Nick said: "I remember the 1970 festival here very well. It was a great time. We played to the kids without tickets every day of the festival...I kept going with a little chemical help. We all did in those days."

Press release by Bill Bradshaw.

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 Ashley Hutchings

Ashley Hutchings