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Deana Walmsley, star of ITV’s The Voice, made a 500-mile round trip from her Liverpool home to perform at the launch of this August’s Million Dollar Bash festival on the Isle of Wight.

Deana dashed to Manchester for a lunchtime flight to Southampton before taking the Red Jet to Cowes to perform a set on the balcony of That 60’s Place overlooking Cowes High Street.

The Million Dollar Bash one-day festival, on Saturday 31st August, will celebrate the 50th anniversary – to the day – of Bob Dylan’s headline appearance at the 1969 IW Festival of Music. It will be held at the County Showground in Northwood with folk-rock icon Richard Thompson; twin-lead guitar rockers Wishbone Ash and blues-rockers Kossoff: The Band Plays On joining a raft of acts such as 1969 festival legends Julie Felix; Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle and The Pretty Things at the event.

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Speaking about her appearence at the launch, Deana said:

“It was great, the first time I’ve been on the Island and I can’t wait to come back in August for the Million Dollar Bash. I’ve already met so many great people here and I can’t wait to join some fantastic names for the Bash itself.

“Tom [Jones] would love this and I know he is a big Bob Dylan fan. He recorded Dylan’s What Good Am I? and he heard back from Bob that he loved his version.

“I think the Bash festival is a great idea and I am really looking forward to putting my own set together at the County Showground.”

There was a hitch for Deana when she arrived in Cowes due to problems at her hotel. “The room just was not right – but they were fully booked and couldn’t move me,” she explained. But That 60’s Place owner Steve Tewkesbury and his wife Zoe stepped in to offer her accommodation at their own home. “It was brilliant,” Deana said, “definitely better than the hotel – in fact, probably the best room in town.”

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Tickets for Million Dollar Bash are available at a discounted rate for Islanders at That 60’s Place, Cowes and Dimbola Museum and Galleries, Freshwater – or online at www.allwightnow.com.

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