Many remember the Isle of Wight Festivals of the 70's as a magical, life-changing experience, the ultimate sixties trip of sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll and a yearning for a better world. It spanned five days and nights with an audience widely reported to have reached 600,000.
The dazzling constellation of stars included Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, the Who, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, Procol Harum, the Doors, Leonard Cohen, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and the Moody Blues. This was Europe’s Woodstock – and all on a small island off England’s south coast.
The 1969 festival famously tempted Bob Dylan out of retreat, becoming at once launch pad and gold standard for all rock festivals.
The exhibition includes some captivating images of artists, fans, and behind the scenes drama, reliving some of the greatest music gatherings of all time.
Opening in September 22nd and running until October 2017, it is the first major exhibition about those legendary festivals in the 48 years since the first in 1968. The new exhibition coincides with the publication of When The World Came To The Isle Of Wight – THE LAST GREAT EVENT, the second book by Ray Foulk (festivals organiser) recalling those momentous events. Nigel Grundy (PME Curator) and Ray Foulk have co-authored, The 1968, 1969 and 1970, Isle of Wight Festival Experience, a new publication to accompany the exhibition that displays posters, photographs, artefacts, ephemera and memorabilia from those three Isle of Wight festivals.
The permanent Portsmouth Music Experience Exhibition at Portsmouth Guildhall celebrates the city’s rich music heritage from the 1950s to the present. Over the years many excellent local and visiting musicians have played at city venues such as the Savoy, Kimbell’s, the Rendezvous, the Tricorn, the South Parade Pier, the Birdcage and the Guildhall, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Beach Boys and Led Zeppelin etc.
The displays of music memorabilia, include photographs, posters, musical instruments, the Birdcage jukebox, a fully restored 1965 TV175 Lambretta and people’s memories of the Who’s film Tommy being made in Portsmouth in 1974.
Another popular exhibit is From Landport to Live Aid, the Spike Edney story. A local musician, Spike began his music career in Portsmouth with the band Smiling Hard, then joined Queen as their musical director and keyboard player, and continues to be. Spike also has his own SAS (Spike’s All Stars) band with whom many top national musicians make guest appearances.
The PME also has a working 8/16 digital, 8 track analogue recording studio and control room and a large purpose built display space housing the latest exhibition at the Portsmouth Music Experience.
Please note that the Portsmouth Music Experience is free of charge to enter, however there is a £3/£2.50 charge for The Isle of Wight Festivals Exhibition.