All Wight Now Festival launches this year’s Million Dollar Bash: Tickets now on sale

Named in tribute to the Bob Dylan song, Million Dollar Bash, this year’s All Wight Now Festival was launched recently in true 60’s style. Tickets available now for the August one-day Festival.

Peter Harrigan and Ray Foulk

Jo shares details of this recent launch. Ed


The spirit of 1969 was recently recreated at That 60’s Place in Cowes for the launch of All Wight Now’s Million Dollar Bash, which is to be held at the IW County Showground on Saturday 31st August.

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A whole wall of memorabilia was given over to Bob Dylan and footage from the original festival was shown.

Eve and Roger Simmonds
Eve and Roger Simmonds

Members of the Million Dollar Bash team; John Medland, Jonathan Bacon, Brian Hinton, Roger Simmonds and Andy Knight, mingled with invited guests at the 60s themed party.

‘Stealing Dylan from Woodstock’
Original 1969 festival organiser Ray Foulk shared stories about how Bob Dylan was enticed to play the 1969 IW Festival rather than Woodstock – indeed Ray has published a book ‘Stealing Dylan from Woodstock’ on the iconic festival that was held in fields at Woodside, Wootton.

Returning artists 50 years on
This year’s celebratory one-day festival will feature many of the artists who played at the 1969 festival including Festival Director Ashley Hutchings’ band Dylancentric.

Ray Foulk and Brian Hinton
Ray Foulk and Brian Hinton

This is a band hand-picked by him especially for Million Dollar Bash, who will recreate the numbers Dylan played in 1969.

Artists on the bill include Richard Thompson, Wishbone Ash, Kossoff: The Band Plays On, Julie Felix, Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle, The Pretty Things Plus, Judy Dunlop, Banter, Blair Dunlop Trio and Ken Nicol. Liverpool Poets Roger McGough and Brian Patten will be sharing a selection of their thought provoking poems from the time.

The Voice star
Rising star Deana Walmsley, who performed on The Voice, is also on the bill and she played a set on the balcony of That 60’s Place, with those attending filling the road to listen and take photographs, and passers by stopping to watch.

Dina on balcony
Deana on balcony

Even Rob da Bank wandered past and stopped for a few words with Ray Foulk, ‘The Man’.

Ray Foulk and Rob Da Bank
Ray Foulk and Rob Da Bank

Sculptor Guy Portelli brought a maquette of the life size Bob Dylan sculpture which he will cast in bronze and place on the island.

Guy Portelli and Victoria Hansen
Guy Portelli and Victoria Hansen

Guy is also compiling a collection of hand print outlines that are then filled in with mosaic work, as a record of the original festival artists and those who have played at subsequent festivals.

‘Bob Dylan at the Isle of Wight Festival 1969’
A photo- filled book ‘Bob Dylan at the Isle of Wight Festival 1969’ by Bill Bradshaw, in association with Ray Foulk, has been published by Peter Harrigan’s company Medina Publishing to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Dylan’s appearance at the 1969 festival, and is priced at £12.95.

Peter Harrigan
Peter Harrigan

Peter Harrigan was the original 1969 festival’s Publicity Director at the tender age of 20 years old!  

Find out more about The Million Dollar Bash, (tickets just £44 each) by popping over to the All Wight Now Website.

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Tuesday, 11th June, 2019 1:45pm

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