Isle of Wight Festival Live: The Party Is Set To Begin
If you have a working musical knowledge or your parents still suffer from acid flashbacks you’ll have heard about the Isle of Wight festival. In 1970 the island played host to half a million rock ‘n’ roll fans who had made the pilgrimage to witness Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and The Who smash guitars and rattle feedback from their amplifiers at a festival that, in years to come, would be seen to bookend the beginning and end of the sixties revolution. Sadly, both Hendrix and Morrison would be dead within a couple of years having succumbed to heroin and, according to the official account of the Doors singer’s death, a bath.
The festival was revived in 2002 because various record companies realised there was a shed load of money to be made now that the middle-classes have deemed Glastonbury clean and acceptable enough to attend. Hence once upon a time you could’ve sneaked into Glastonbury for free whereas now you have to pay £185 plus booking fee.
This year all the acts are very much alive and largely smack-free. They include; Jay-Z, The Doves, Florence and the Machine, Calvin Harris as well as pensioners Paul McCartney and Blondie (who recently performed at Hampstead Heath to a deck-chair seated audience for anyone doubting the band’s rock leanings).
If you’re unable to be at this year’s Isle of Wight festival, ITV2 is your best bet for fairly comprehensive coverage. Fearne Cotton and Rufus Hound will be battling come-downs in a vain attempt to procure anything interesting from the mouths of various musicians and celebrities mingling in the social petri-dish of the backstage area.