MILLION DOLLAR BASH
A one-day festival honouring the iconic Isle Of Wight Festival of 1969 and Bob Dylan’s Only Full Show in Over Seven Years
Curated by Fairport Convention’s founder-member Ashley Hutchings
The Lineup includes…
Wishbone Ash – only UK festival appearance in 2019
1969 festival veterans Julie Felix, The Pretty Things, Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle and The Liverpool Scene
The Fairport Convention’s Ashley Hutchings and Richard Thompson
Poets Roger McGough and Brian Patten
Saturday, August 31 2019
County Showground, near Cowes, Isle Of Wight
Million Dollar Bash is a one-day festival that celebrates one of the most iconic and important moments in rock and folk music history owing to Bob Dylan returning from semi-retirement after three years following a near-fatal motorcycle accident in the summer of 1966 – the gig turned out to be his only full live performance in over seven years!
Taking place on the County Showground on the Isle of Wight – a stone’s throw from the original site – on 31 August, the Million Dollar Bash will celebrate this significant cultural moment of both Bob Dylan’s career, who snubbed his local festival Woodstock to play, and the Isle Of Wight Festival’s histories.
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The festival, curated by Fairport Convention’s founder-member Ashley Hutchings MBE, a man saluted by Dylan himself as “the single most important figure in English folk-rock”, has pulled together an incredible line up that brings together acts from the original festival, as well as those who may not be playing music today, had it not been for this incredible 1969 Isle Of Wight Festival.
Hutchings himself will be headlining the Million Dollar Bash with a one-off all-star band ‘Dylancentric’ who will be performing music from the original weekend. Fellow co-founder of The Fairport Convention Richard Thompson will be joining him on stage as well as performing his own set.
Wishbone Ash, who are also celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, are making their only UK festival appearance of 2019.
Andy Roberts, the guitarist of The Liverpool Scene, who played the original 1969 festival, will be returning alongside legendary Liverpudlian poets Roger McGough and Brian Patten, also known as two-thirds of The Mersey Sound. In the late 1960s, The Liverpool Scene and The Mersey Sound were credited for tearing down the walls of so-called high art (literature) and pop art (rock and roll). Their fans read like a who’s who of rock royalty including John Peel, Allen Ginsberg, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Dick Taylor and Phil May of The Pretty Things are another band returning having performed in 1969. They will perform a nostalgia-driven set and will be joined on stage by legendary folk artists JC And Angelina Grimshaw.
Described by The Times newspaper in 1965 as “Britain’s First Lady of Folk”, Julie Felix also performed at the 1969 Isle Of Wight festival. Still recording and performing, having released her 22nd album last year – ‘Rock Me Goddess’, she is arguably one of the most important folk singers of all time.
Kossoff: The Band Plays On are celebrating and playing the music of Free and Back Street Crawler guitarist Paul Kossoff. Renowned as one of the all-time great’s Free performed at the original festival in 1969.
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About The Isle Of Wight Festival 1969
The 1969 Isle of Wight Festival, and Bob Dylan’s headlining role, had its roots in the inaugural 1968 IoW event when the Foulk brothers – Ronnie, Ray and Bill – had Stateside rockers Jefferson Airplane leading a bill that included Tyrannosaurus Rex and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. The all-nighter event pulled in just 12,00 fans.
The Foulks wanted much bigger and better for 1969, so set out a pitch to land the biggest draw in the world – Dylan – and to their astonishment their bold bid succeeded and the ‘spokesman for a generation’ drew a crowd of more than 150,000 to Woodside Bay. It was a UK record festival crowd at the time. Joining him was a star-packed bill including The Who, The Band, The Moody Blues, Joe Cocker and Free.
More remarkably, Dylan opted to break a self-imposed live performing exile by staging his comeback on the Island rather than at the rival Woodstock Festival, staged virtually on the doorstep of his New York State home. And when he closed his Island set it would be another four years before he was billed in concert again.
About All Wight Now
ALL WIGHT NOW was conceived as a project to celebrate the 50th Anniversaries of the original Isle of Wight Festivals of 1968, 1969 and 1970 – the music, the memories and the legacy.
The name, All Wight Now, recalls one of the biggest-selling singles of 1970: “All Right Now” – performed live by ‘Free’ during their iconic set on the last day of the 1970 Festival at Afton.
AWN Mission Statement: All Wight Now educates, inspires and entertains the widest possible audience and preserves the musical and cultural legacy of the historic 1968, 1969 and 1970 Isle of Wight festivals.