Isle of Wight festival

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The big picture: sun’s out, bums out! Isle of Wight festival,1969
David Hurn’s photograph captures the last hurrah of a decade of freedom

Tim Adams

20, Jun, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Isle of Wight festival moves to September as Download and Primavera cancel
Events originally scheduled for June are postponed and cancelled, as sector continues to press UK government for insurance scheme

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

02, Mar, 2021 @2:21 PM

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Hippy dream or total nightmare? The untold story of Isle of Wight 1970
50 years ago this week, the Hendrix-headlined festival rocked a reported 600,000, but the fallout affected how music events would be run forever. Now a more positive story is emerging

Patrick Glen

25, Aug, 2020 @11:09 AM

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Joni Mitchell, Isle of Wight 1970: the day the music nearly died
A bad vibe and worse acid hung around the 600,000-strong festival, with Mitchell getting heckled – but she used a stretch of perfect songs to create a moment of harmony

Laura Barton

07, Jul, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Download and Isle of Wight festivals cancelled due to coronavirus
Metal and pop events called off, joining Glastonbury, the Great Escape and more on the cancellation list

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

26, Mar, 2020 @1:42 PM

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Isle of Wight festival bans Jess Glynne for life after last-minute cancellation
Singer says she pulled her performance because she felt ‘incredibly weak and full of anxiety’

Laura Snapes

18, Jun, 2019 @2:14 PM

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Writers on their worst festival moments
From stolen contact lenses to Friendly Fires-related injuries, it’s not always a camp classic

Eva Wiseman, Leonie Cooper, Issy Sampson and Hannah Verdier

04, May, 2019 @9:00 AM

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Lana Del Rey, George Ezra and Snow Patrol to headline Latitude
Ezra will also top the bill at Isle of Wight festival alongside Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Biffy Clyro

Laura Snapes

24, Jan, 2019 @11:54 AM

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Greg Lake obituary
Key figure in 1970s prog rock as bass guitarist for Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Adam Sweeting

08, Dec, 2016 @6:50 PM

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Festivals 2016: the essential A-Z
Adele or Ice Cube? Reading or Wireless? Our writers give you the heads-up on what to look out for this year

Kathryn Bromwich, Stuart Dredge, Priya Elan, Killian Fox, Sam Richards, Jude Rogers

13, Mar, 2016 @9:47 AM

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Robert Stredder, 29, kissing at the Isle of Wight festival, 1970
‘I can’t remember her name. I was only with her for the duration of the festival. You lose friends all the time in a crowd of half a million, and there were no mobile phones so it was hopeless’

Robert Stredder

28, Aug, 2015 @3:00 PM

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The cost of staging a music festival: 'We spent £30,000 on the waste'
What are the economics of organising a festival? From artists, to catering and waste management, sometimes the costs are so high they’ll leave organisers crying in the portable loos

Eamonn Forde

09, Jul, 2015 @5:50 PM

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