Isle of Wight Festival
Isle of Wight Festival stands for three rock festivals in 1968, 1969 and 1970 - but also for a number of newer music events from 2002 onwards. They all took place on the Isle of Wight , south of the British mainland . The festival of 1970 is undoubtedly the best known and by far the largest; his two predecessors were almost forgotten. The festival has often been referred to as "Europe's Woodstock ".
Isle of Wight Festival 1968
The first Isle of Wight Festival with around 20,000 visitors took place on August 31 and September 1, 1968 at Hell Field at Ford Farm near Godshill on the Isle of Wight. The attractions were:
- Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation
- Fairport Convention
- Halcyon Order
- Harsh reality
- Jefferson Airplane
- The Move
- Hunter Muskett
- Orange Bicycle
- Plastic penny
- The Pretty Things
- T. Rex feat. John Peel
- The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Isle of Wight Festival 1969
The second festival on August 30th and 31st, 1969 was already much bigger than its predecessor. The number of visitors is given as around 150,000. The list of bands and artists (in alphabetical order) is still impressive today:
Isle of Wight Festival 1970
By far the largest and certainly the most chaotic Isle of Wight Festival was that of 1970. It took place on the grounds of East Afton Farm from August 26th to 30th and probably benefited from the information about the then legendary Woodstock Festival in Year before. The Guinness Book of Records estimated that between 600,000 and 700,000 people attended the 1970 festival. Exact figures are not available, however, as the festival area was located in such a way that non-paying spectators could still reasonably watch the music program from the dune ridges immediately next to the area separated by a double fence. Nevertheless, based on the ferry passages to the island that were also sold at the time, it is assumed that the 1970 IoW Festival might have been the best-attended festival in the history of rock music.
The festival was at times disturbed by spectators from the so-called Desolation Row (the area immediately behind the double privacy fence), who demanded that the event be declared a free festival with free admission. The organizers, however, insisted on the entry price of 3 pounds , as they had not yet collected the costs to be covered “( point of break even )” at this point . These events are discussed in detail in the documentary Message to Love (1997) by the American Murray Lerner, even if they were not noticed by the vast majority of festival visitors. In his book The Last Great Event - with Jimi Hendrix & Jim Morrison , published in 2016, organizer Ray Foulk repeatedly criticizes Lerner's "manipulated view" of events only 27 years later.
On the last day the ticket offices were closed and free admission was granted, an employee of the organizers asked from the stage for peacefulness and not to destroy fences any further. At this point he was already talking about a financial fiasco. The only group that ultimately could not perform due to multiple delays was Mungo Jerry . In addition to the official festival, there was an alternative event with the bands Hawkwind and Pink Fairies .
The official festival program was:
- August 26, 1970
- August 27, 1970
- August 28, 1970
- August 29, 1970
- August 30, 1970
Isle of Wight ( Rock Island ) Festival 2002
After a break of 32 years, the festival was revived in 2002, initially under the name Rock Island . It now takes place in Seaclose Park outside Newport . The current festival area has nothing to do with the previous location.
- June 3, 2002:
Number of visitors: 35,000
Isle of Wight Festival 2003
- June 14, 2003:
- June 15, 2003:
Number of visitors: 35,000
Isle of Wight Festival 2004
- June 11, 2004:
- June 12, 2004:
The Who , Steve Harley , Manic Street Preachers , Roger Daltrey , The Electric Soft Parade , Jet , British Sea Power , The Stands , Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel , Hawksley Workman , The Leah Wood Group , Meninos
- June 13, 2004:
Number of visitors: 35,000
Isle of Wight Festival 2005
- June 10, 2005:
Faithless , Razorlight , Supergrass , Idlewild , The Black Velvets , The Mighty Roars , Gilles Peterson , Earl Zinger , Bugz in the Attic , Unabombers , The Strongbow Rooms , The Bees , Max Sedgley , Rob Da Bank
- June 11, 2005:
Travis , Roxy Music , Feeder , Goldie Lookin Chain , Babyshambles , Ray Davies , Nine Black Alps , Tara Blaise , Jackson Analogue , Jacques Lu Cont , Rob N Tug , Greg Wilson , Sean Rowley , Trojan Sound System , Nuphonic DJs , Yousef , The Mica , Kid Carpet , Annie Mac , Rob Da Bank , Kris Bones
- June 12, 2005:
REM , Snow Patrol , Embrace , Starsailor , The Magic Numbers , The Subways , Caravan , Countermine , Kate Aumonier , Norman Jay , Rob N Tug , Greg Wilson , Sean Rowley , Trojan Sound System , Nuphonic DJs , Mutiny , Justin Robertson , Barry Ashworth (Dub Pistols) , Bent , Radioslave , Kris Bones
Number of visitors: 50,000
Isle of Wight Festival 2006
- June 9, 2006:
- June 10, 2006:
- June 11, 2006:
Number of visitors: 60,000
Isle of Wight Festival 2007
- June 8, 2007:
- June 9, 2007:
- June 10, 2007:
Isle of Wight Festival 2008
Amy Macdonald , Andy LoRusso , Arno Carstens , Bjorn Again , Black Stone Cherry , Curved Air , David A. Stewart , Delays , DJ Rusty Egan , Feeder , Florence k , Gundogs , Gweido , Joanne Hogg , Ian Brown , Ida Maria , Iggy & the Stooges , Jackson Analogue , James , Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong , Kaiser Chiefs , Kate Nash , Kosmik Debris , KT Tunstall , Laura Critchley , Liam Gerner , NERD , New Young Pony Club , Newton Faulkner , One Night Only , Paul ' Spot 'Newsome , Proximity Effect , Scars on 45 , Scouting for Girls , Sex Pistols , Sondura , Sophie Delilah , Starsailor , Stone Gods , Sugababes , Suspiciously Elvis , The Answer , The Arcadian Kicks , The Australian Pink Floyd Show , The Cribs , The Duke Spirit , The Enemy , The Hoosiers , The Kooks , The Music , The Police , The Stranglers , The Wombats , The Zutons , We See Lights , Wills & The Willing
Isle of Wight Festival 2009
Alesha Dixon , Arno Carstens , Bananarama , Basement Jaxx , Beverley Knight , Black Lips , Calvin Harris , Dance for Burgess , Deborah Hodgson , DJ Rusty Egan , Eddi Reader , Florence Rawlings , Goldie Lookin Chain , Gweido , Hatcham Social , Iglu & Hartly , Jessie Evans , Killing Joke , Ladyhawke , Majortones , Maxïmo Park , McFly , Mercury Rev , Neil Young , Noisettes , Papa Do Plenty , Pendulum , Pixie Lott , Pixies , Poppy and the Jezebels , Razorlight , SCUM , Sharon Corr , Simple Minds , Sneaky Sound System , Stereophonics , The Arcadian Kicks , The Australian Pink Floyd Show , The Brilliant Things , The Charlatans , The Complete Stone Roses , The Horrors , The Human League , The Maccabees , The Magnets , The Operators , The Pains of Being Pure at Heart , The Pigeon Detectives , The Prodigy , The Rakes , The Rifles , The Rumble Strips , The Script , The She Set , The Ting Tings , The View , The Yeah You's , The Zombies , Tim Burgess and Rhys Webb , Ultravox , White Lies , Will Yo ung
Isle of Wight Festival 2010
Arno Carstens , Biffy Clyro , Blondie , Bombay Bicycle Club , Calvin Harris , Crowded House , Daisy Dares You , Detroit Social Club , Devendra Banhart , DJ Rusty Egan , Doves , Editors , Florence + the Machine , Friendly Fires , Hockey , I Blame Coco , James , Jay-Z , Juliette Lewis , La Roux , Little Boots , Local Natives , Marina and the Diamonds , Melanie , Mr Hudson , N-Dubz , Noah and the Whale , OAR , Ocean Color Scene , Orbital , Paloma Faith , Paper Romance , Paul McCartney , Pink , Reef , Saint Jude , Semi Precious Weapons , Shakespears Sister , Spandau Ballet , Squeeze , Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel , Suzanne Vega , Suzi Quatro , The Alarm , The Arcadian Kicks , The Big Pink , The Bluebyrds , The Brilliant Things , The Coronas , The Courteeners , The Hold Steady , The Members , The Saturdays , The Strokes , Vampire Weekend , Waterburner , Wonderland
Isle of Wight Festival 2011
- June 10, 2011:
- June 11, 2011:
- June 12, 2011:
Isle of Wight Festival 1970 ; approx. 137 minutes; published 1995. (Later a DVD was also released under the name Message to Love - the Isle of Wight Festival - THE MOVIE [DD 5.1; documentary approx. 120 minutes; concert approx. 90 minutes].)
- Jimi Hendrix Experience - Message to Love. The Who - Young Man Blues. Free - All Right Now. Taste - Sinner Boy. Tiny Tim - There'll Always Be an England. John B. Sebastian - Red Eye Express. Ten Years After - Can't Keep From Cryin '. The Doors - When the Music's Over. The Moody Blues - Nights in White Satin. Kris Kristofferson - Me and Bobby McGee. Joni Mitchell - Woodstock, Big Yellow Taxi.
- Miles Davis - Call It Anything. Leonard Cohen - Suzanne. Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Pictures at an Exhibition. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Machine Gun, Voodoo Child (Slight Return). Joan Baez - Let It Be. Jethro Tull - My Sunday Feeling. The Doors - The End. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Foxy Lady. The Who - Naked Eye.
- Family - Weaver's Answer. Taste - Gambling Blues. Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Blue Rondo à la Turk. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple Haze.
- The Who - Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (2000) 85 minutes.
- Jimi Hendrix - Blue Wild Angel - Live at the Isle of Wight (2004) 154 minutes.
- Jethro Tull - Nothing Is Easy: Live at the Isle of White 1970 (2005) 80 minutes.
- Emerson Lake & Palmer - The Birth Of A Band - Isle of Wight Festival - Sat August 29th 1970 (2006) 67 minutes.
- The Moody Blues - Threshold Of A Dream - Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (2009) 79 minutes.
- Brian Hinton: Message To Love? The Isle of Wight Festival, 1968-1969-1970. Castle Communications, 1995.
- The Last Great Event - with Jimi Hendrix & Jim Morrison (about the 1970 festival), Ray Foulk (organizer), Medina Publishing, 2016, hardcover ISBN 978-1-909339-58-3 , softcover ISBN 978-1-909339- 57-6 .
- Lost film treasures: 1970th Rock Festival on the Isle of Wight , Arte, accessed on November 20, 2019, available until April 4, 2020 (27 min.)