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We love the Isle of Wight Festival (taking place from 13 to 16 June 2019) – it’s very much the highlight of our year. To celebrate its imminent arrival, we’re taking a look back at this iconic festival’s eclectic history.

The first ever “Isle of Wight Pop Festival” was held in 1968, at Ford Farm near Godshill, and it featured bands such as Tyrannosaurus Rex and Fairport Convention. The festival marked a turning point in UK music history and two further festivals culminated in the huge 1970 event which rocked the world. The famous event, which saw Jimi Hendrix’s last UK performance, was the last Isle of Wight Festival until it was revived in 2002.

Dimbola Museum & Galleries in Freshwater has a permanent exhibition dedicated to moments captured at these legendary festivals including rare posters and photographs from the event along with a small memorial garden dedicated to Jimi Hendrix.

It’s not too late to get your Isle of Wight Festival tickets. And with more ferries going on more routes more often*, Wightlink is your link to festival heaven.

If you love the Isle of Wight Festival or just want to see more of these incredible photos then why not pay a visit to Dimbola Museum & Galleries to see more?

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Pictures courtesy of CameronLife.uk.


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