isle of wight, jimi hendrix

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1970 isle of wight festival

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From August 26-31, 1970, anywhere from 500,000 to 800,000 people descended on the small hill of Afton Down, near the village of Freshwater, on the western end of the Isle of Wight to watch the third Isle of Wight Festival.

Coming the year after Woodstock, the 1970 festival boasted a line-up that included The Doors, The Who, Miles Davis, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Donovan, Sly & the Family Stone, Kris Kristofferson, Leonard Cohen and the star of the festival, Jimi Hendrix.

The location was visually magnificent but ill-suited for a concert: the wind from the sea blew the sound from the audience and the stage was overlooked by a large hill that made it a virtually free concert to anybody who didn't have a ticket.

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