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The 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. 26th - 30th August 1970.
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This new batch of photos courtesy Roy Bowen !
Moody Blues onstage
I remember the night becoming quite cold after the heat of the day, and at some time during the night I dozed off to sleep. The upshot of this was that I missed half the Jimi Hendrix Experience performance. Over the years I have mentioned to all my friends, that my claim to fame is that I slept through the last Jimi Hendrix performance, but reading other people memories on this web site, I can see I was not alone. Luckily, my mates Kevin and Brian managed to kick me awake, so that I saw at least the last few numbers and the encore.
I have no recollection of the rest of the festival, collecting our tent from Desolation Row, the walk back to the ferry or the ferry crossing. The only vision that has stayed with me is of walking out of the site and looking at the mountains of rubbish. Peter Townsend was right when he wrote about a "Teenage Wasteland"
last picture was taken in the temporary car park at the Lymington ferry
port. It shows me looking the worse for wear just before the long drive
home. The cars in the picture look very dated and bring it home to me
that the festival was now over 36 years ago, but I wouldn't have missed
it for the world.
Check out this link for more photos of the festival
1970 festival menu
- Site map. (new 1-10-02)Isle of Wight 1970 homepage
- Press Program items (new 1-10-02)
- Official Program (New 9-16-03)
- Personal recollections of the festival-updated with new photos June 2009
- Other attendees recollections (updated Dec 2011)
- Information about band performances , personnel. set lists and recordings (updated December 2011)
- Site Photos (updated May 2009 )Col Underhill's Photos of the festival-New June 2009
- The Film
- IOW posters, passes and tickets
- 1970 festival page with rare pix.
- The battle to prevent the festival.
- The ArtistThe Pye Recording crew New pix July 2010
The Underground press- NB: opinions expressed in these articles do not represent our opinions of the organisers or any other people involved in the running of the festival, it is possible that they may be innaccurate in some details or facts.
- Friends Article ; Richard Nevilles review- A Race Of Bloody Masochists.
- Friends Article ; Anarchists, White Panthers ,Desolation Hill, The Angels
- Friends Article : The Police, Drugs, Food.
- Friends Article : Freek Press, The Beach , Community Aid ,Money.
- Friends Article : The Concerts, the Music.
- Friends Article : Guerilla Medicine , The straight press.
- Friends Article : Hawkwind and PInk Fairies.
- Friends Article : Rupert finds d...s at IOW
- Freek press No 1 - 8 -updated August 2007- new copies and updates
- Site photos Updated July 2009 - new pics pages 2-4
- Fairfield Parlour- Let the World Wash In
Reports from the "Straight "press
- Memoirs of a Blacklisted Journalist- great backstage IOW 70 account
- Excellent collection of photos of artists and site
- Extensive personal memoirs by Loris Valvona - well worth a read -added Jan 2012
The White Panthers
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