Fresh from the success of Million Dollar Bash, the 1-day celebration to honour the 1969 Isle of Wight ‘Bob Dylan’ Festival, organisers All Wight Now have announced ‘Experience 1970’, a 2-day event to mark the ‘Last Great Event’, the historic 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.
In 1970, a staggering gathering of up to 600,000 music fans descended on the Isle of Wight to see and hear a stellar line-up led by headliner Jimi Hendrix and including The Doors, Joan Baez, The Who, Taste, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Free, Joni Mitchell and Donovan. It remains the biggest rock festival the UK has ever witnessed.
Experience 1970 will be held on the Island over the weekend of Saturday 5th September and Sunday 6th September 2020. The venue will be confirmed very soon.
All Wight Now chairman Jonathan Bacon said:
“We are delighted to continue our celebrations of the iconic first three Island festivals with Experience 1970. When the group started three years ago it was with the intention of celebrating the 1970 event and then, of course, we realised the 1968 and 1969 events had to honoured, too.
“But the 1970 event was the mammoth event that captured everyone’s imagination back then and continues to do so now. So our 2020 Experience 1970 two-day celebration is the biggest we have undertaken and it is really exciting.
“We plan to have a fantastic range of acts, including great names who appeared back in 1970 and other, more contemporary musicians who carry the influences of that great music forward for new generations.”
The recent Million Dollar Bash 1969 IoW Festival celebration is now recognised as the world’s first Dementia Friendly rock festival and Experience 1970 will be similarly inclusive.
The organisers have already made contact with a number of leading acts and details of the venue and the bill will be made available as soon as possible.