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    There appear to have been various versions of the poster, which did of course change as the line-up of artists permutated and morphed into different versions. As the promoters seemed to have a rather fiery relationship with some of their artistes , the bill seemed to change from week to week. The Moody Blues were supposed to have withdrawn, and been replaced by the Everly Brothers, but the Moodies made it on stage , whereras the Everley's were nowhere to be seen. Likewise Spirit never showed- which seems to have been a regular thing for them, I also cannnot remember Cat Mother making it to the stage either, but then it was a long , long weekend, I might have just missed them when I went to the toilet.

Artwork © David Fairbrother-Roe

A different poster, definitely by a different artist, can anyone help with details ?

The Artist

Was David Fairbrother -Roe. A Liverpudlian illustrator, he studied at the Royal Academy in London in the mid 60s before tuning in and turning on and becoming a prolific popartnik. His acadmically-trained technique put him head and shoulders above many of his audodidact contemporaries producing psychedelic art. In 1968, 1969 and 1970, Dave was the artist who produced the posters, programmes and tickets for the Isle of Wight Festivals: Britain's most famous 60s rock festivals (the UK's Woodstock). The most famous of these
is the 'Psychedelic Drummer' poster... one of the original posters reportedly now hangs in Noel Gallagher's living room.

In the 1970s, Dave produced acclaimed album covers for Jon Anderson of Yes and Nazareth. He also produced 'science fantasy' cover art for the Pern novels of the Tolkienesque writer Anne McCaffrey. McCaffrey called him in a letter the 'king of dragon artists', and his talent for dragon-painting led him to work on a (lost... Dave has the demo) album on Dragonlore with Jon Andersen.

Pete Thomas

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