Bob Dylan Booked for Isle of Wight Fest

The Who and Joe Cocker also slated for the August 31st fest

Bob Dylan, rolling stone, archive, Isle of Wright
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Bob Dylan on August 1st, 1969.
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LONDON — Bob Dylan has been contracted for a concert appearance at the Isle of Wight August 31st.

Dylan will top the bill at the Second Isle of Wight Festival of Music to be staged from August 29th through the 31st. He has not appeared in Britain since 1965, and he is still rarely seen even in the United States.

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Dylan was booked by festival promoter Rikki Farr and his partners, Ray, Ron, and Bill Foulk. Contracts were signed in New York on July 23rd, according to Ron Foulk.

What Dylan is being paid for the engagement is being kept secret. It was reported that he stipulated that the Band and Richie Havens appear with him. Both acts have now signed contracts.

Others scheduled for the festival, which will be held in a beautiful parkland overlooking the sea, include the Who, Joe Cocker and the Grease Band, Pentangle, Tom Paxton, Moody Blues, Fat Mattress, and Family.

The promoters of the festival are expecting a turnout of "at least 100,000." Admission on Sunday will be two pounds ($6.80), and for more information, readers should write Fiery Creations, Ltd. at Tavistock House, Ward Road, Totland Bay, Isle of Wight.

This story is from the August 23rd, 1969 issue of Rolling Stone.


From The Archives Issue 40: August 23, 1969