Isle Of Wight Returns

One of the most legendary concert events in the history of popular music has been reborn. The concert that led to a stateside bidding war over the Who and Jimi Hendrix, the Isle of Wight Festival, will make its return on June 3rd of this year. The festivalís initial three-year run ended in 1970 with a chaotic, Woodstock-style, turnout of some 600,000 (mostly ticetless) rock fans. The unsuspecting isle on the English Channel, with short supply of fresh water and sanitary restrooms, was overrun with music lovers who came from all over Europe to see the Doors, Jethro Tull, the Moody Blues, Miles Davis, the Who and Hendrix. Promoters of the reborn festival will shortly announce the lineup for the 2002 concert spectacular. According to rolling stone, all expectations are on a UK-driven rock show with the likes of Pulp, Ash, the Charlatans UK, Manic Street Preachers, Placebo, NY finest the Strokes, and Swedish quintet the Hives rounding out the organizers short list. As you may have noticed the event will be DJ-free. John Giddings, spokesperson for organizers The Solo Agency said, “I donít want any dance music. I donít want any of that crap. We want real songs played by real people.” Number one Brit-pricks, Oasis were also extended an invitation, though according to Giddings, “They said they were washing their hair that evening.”

POSTED January 18, 2002 12:00AM IN THE TRIPWIRE

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