Isle of Wight Festival
The Isle of Wight Festival is a music festival which takes place annually on the Isle of Wight in the UK. It was originally held from 1968 to 1970. These original events were promoted and organised by the Foulk brothers (Ron, Ray and Bill Foulk) under the banner of their company Fiery Creations Limited. The venues were Ford Farm (near Godshill), Wootton and Afton Down (near Freshwater) respectively.
The 1969 event was notable for the appearance of Bob Dylan and The Band. This was Dylan's first paid performance since his motor cycle accident some two years earlier, and was held at a time when many still wondered if he would ever perform again. Followers from across the world trecked to the Isle of Wight for what seemed like a 'second coming'. Estimates of 150,000 - 250,000 attended.
The 1969 festival opened on Friday 29 August - 11 days after the close of Woodstock. Dylan was living in Woodstock, N.Y. at the time and it was widely believed that he would perform there, after the event had been "put in his own backyard". As is happened, Dylan set off for the Isle of Wight on 15 August - the day the Woodstock festival began.