The Isle of Wight festival has dedicated its main stage to the main man Jimi Hendrix to commemorate 45 years since his incredible performance there. They have named it ‘The Electric Church’, which is how Hendrix referred to his music as he believed music to be a religion something which is shared by everyone at the festival.
The inimitable spirit and attitude of Jimi Hendrix and his music has influenced and inspired The Isle of Wight Festival since the event was re-launched in 2002 by music promoter John Giddings, who was in the crowd for Jimi Hendrix’s set at the 1970 festival:
John Giddings said: “Jimi’s contribution to both the island and the festival has been immense. By naming our main stage ‘The Electric Church’ we hope to build on his legacy at the festival as well as paying tribute to his unique contribution to music which will always be remembered by the festival and the artists we have on our stage.”
This year people are encouraged to come up with their own way of embodying the great man, though we strongly advise… sorry would like to deter you from partaking in any hallucinogenics of any sort as this may encourage you to kiss the sky, which if Icarus taught us anything is fairly impossible.
Some fun facts for you all….
The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 vs The Isle of Wight Festival 2015
1970 – Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Who, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, The Moody Blues, Emerson Lake and Palmer
2015 – Fleetwood Mac, Blur, The Prodigy, The Black Keys, Pharrell Williams, Paolo Nutini, Jessie Ware, James Bay
1970: 600,000 (estimate)
Then and Now:
1970 – A documentary film called ‘Message in Love’ was released nearly 30 years later in
1997, featuring live performances from the 1970 festival. Various live albums and films from
The Who to Hendrix to Leonard Cohen were also released in subsequent years.
2015 – Highlights of this year’s festival can be watched on Sky Arts the following weekend, presented by Danny Wallace and Edith Bowman.
1970 – The festival took place on Afton Down, a hill near the village of Freshwater
2015 – The festival now takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Seaclose Park on the outskirts of Newport
1970 – Jethro Tull performed on the Sunday, second on the bill to The Moody Blues and Hendrix
2015 – Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson will perform on the Sunday afternoon, in between Suzanne Vega and Imelda May.
1970 – A bunch of singing school children called The Voices of East Harlem played on the Friday
2015 – Six YouTube artists including will perform on the Saturday and Sunday