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The 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. 26th - 30th August 1970.
"Straight press "
August 29th 1970.
Gatecrasher trouble at pop festival.
From David Wilsworth . Freshwater Isle Of Wight 29th Aug.
An estimated 5.000 people have gatecrashed the Isle Of Wight pop festival near here by camping on the Afton Down overlooking the site. Their presence has caused concern to the promoters who see valauable revenue being lost. There have been clashes in which guard dogs were used when festival security officers attempted to move the campers on.
The police have been watching both the security forces and the non paying audience but so far have not intervened directly. This afternoon the security men decided to go among the Afton Down campers and ask for donations towards the concert. If they do not get enough money this way the campers will probably be floodlit at night to reduce their enjoyment.
Securiy men are blaming Frenchmen and Algerians who , they say, regularly attend pop festivals and attempt to disrupt the proceeding s in the interests of free music.
The St John's ambulance brigade field hospital has dealt with a steady stream of minor casualties by day and night . More doctors are likely to be needed during the weekend.
Police have continued to make arrests in connection with alleged drugs offences: the total so far is 73 . The festival promoters instructed commentators to be more cautious when talking about drugs after police complained that the comments from the stage might appear to favour their use.
At Portsmouth some Hells Angels and skinheads have been deprived temporarily of potentially dangerous weapons by police before they were allowed to board the ferries to the island.
A boy aged about 16 was rescued from Compton Beach , near the festival site, by an RAF helicopter this afternoon after he had fallen aboiut 200 ft from a cliff top. He was taken to a Southampton Hospital where his condition is said to be very critical . He had been seen by a police helicopter on patrol.
Big thanks to Wally Dean for the press articles.
Isle of Wight 1970 festival menu
updated March 2019
- Press and Program items
- Site Photos (updated Feb 2019 )
- Site map. (new 1-10-02)
- Isle of Wight 1970 homepage
- Official Program (New 9-16-03)
- Personal recollections of the festival-updated with new photos June 2009
- Other attendees recollections part 1 (updated Dec 2011)
- Other attendees recollections part 2 (updated March 2019)
- Information about band performances , personnel. set lists and recordings (updated December 2011)Col Underhill's Photos of the festival-New June 2009
- The Film
- IOW posters, passes and tickets
- 1970 festival page with rare pix.
- The battle to prevent the festival.
- The Artist
- Kenny Denton of the Pye Mobile Studios blog -new 2022The Pye Recording crew New pix July 2010
The Underground press- NB: opinions expressed in these articles do not represent our opinions of the organisers or any other people involved in the running of the festival, it is possible that they may be innaccurate in some details or facts.
- Friends Article ; Richard Nevilles review- A Race Of Bloody Masochists.
- Friends Article ; Anarchists, White Panthers ,Desolation Hill, The Angels
- Friends Article : The Police, Drugs, Food.
- Friends Article : Freek Press, The Beach , Community Aid ,Money.
- Friends Article : The Concerts, the Music.
- Friends Article : Guerilla Medicine , The straight press.
- Friends Article : Hawkwind and PInk Fairies.
- Friends Article : Rupert finds d...s at IOW
- Freek press No 1 - 8 -updated August 2007- new copies and updates
- Fairfield Parlour- Let the World Wash In
Reports from the "Straight "press
updated March 2019
- August 25th 1970
- August 26th 1970
- August 27th 1970
- August 28th 1970
- August 29th 1970
- August 30th 1970
- August 31st 1970
- September 1st 1970
- Memoirs of a Blacklisted Journalist- great backstage IOW 70 account
- Excellent collection of photos of artists and site
- Extensive personal memoirs by Loris Valvona - well worth a read -added Jan 2012
The White Panthers
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