When the Isle of Wight festival kicked off on August 31st, 1968 on Godshill, it featured Jefferson Airplane as the headliner, along with a handful of other bands including a young act by the name of Tyrannosaurus Rex (aka T.Rex). By 1969 the festival which had been originally planned as a fundraiser for a swimming pool, had booked Bob Dylan (recovered from his 1966 motorcycle crash), the Band, the Who, and Joe Cocker. By 1970, Jimi Hendrix (who would die a few weeks later), Miles Davis, the Doors, Chicago, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Donovan, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Joan Baez and the Moody Blues among many others were playing to an estimated 600,000 music fans who set up a makeshift community of tents called Desolation Row as well as a medical tent for anyone coming down from or having bad drug trips. While many considered the festival a success, more conservative locals resented the “hippies” and “freaks” invading their tiny island and put a stop to it. There were even apparently threats of shooting performers. The festival that inspired the founders of Glastonbury to start their own festival, unfortunately also inspired Parliament to pass a law against such gatherings. Europe’s answer to Woodstock, sadly, went silent in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. In 2002, the festival was revived as Rock Island by concert promoter John Giddings with the Charlatans and Robert Plant headlining. Since then it has featured a long…
Bonnaroo returns to Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee this June 7-10 with over 150 performances!
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This May 23-28, retreat to the picturesque Lake San Antonio in Bradley, California for Lightning in a Bottle. The festival is known for creating experiences that allow attendees to free their minds while exploring performances and workshops from world-renowned artists and visionaries. And this year will be no different.
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