* Isle of White Pop Festival
the Isle of Wight Pop Festival 1969
The Band
Blodwyn Pig
Blonde On Blonde
Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band (see Bonzo Dog
Band)
Edgar Broughton Band
Joe Cocker
Aynsley Dunbar
Bob Dylan
Eclection
Fat Mattress
Family
Gary Farr
Julie Felix
Free
Gypsy
Richie Havens
Marsha Hunt And White Trash
Indo Jazz Fusions
The Liverpool Scene
Mighty Baby
The Moody Blues
The Nice
Tom Paxton
Pentangle
Pretty Things
Third Ear Band
The Who
The festival was so much larger and more popular than the year before
due to Dylan's performance. He hadn't played publicly for 3 years following
a near fatal motorcycle accident, July 1966. Shunning the Woodstock
festival held practically on his doorstep, Bob Dylan was initially reluctant to
perform his comeback show on this little known island. After weeks of
negotiations the promoters showed him a short video of the Island's
cultural and literary heritage. This appealed to Dylan's artistic sensibilities
as he was enthusiastic about performing in Tennyson country. Prior to the
festival Bob Dylan and The Band rehearsed at Forelands Farm in
Bembridge, and were joined by The Beatles minus Paul McCartney.
Among the 150,000 audience members were John Lennon, Yoko Ono,
Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Rolling Stones Keith Richards and Bill
Wyman, Syd Barrett, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Jane Fonda.