Brief History of Ford Farm
First Isle of Wight Festival 1968
One of the Fields at Ford Farm called Hayles Field, translated into “Hell Field” by the press, was the site of the first Isle of Wight Festival which took place way back in 1968. The Artists that performed in that year included Jefferson Airplane, The Move, T Rex, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Plastic Penny and The Mirage. Ten thousand people came to the Isle of Wight to watch the acts play on a rough stage made up of two trailers. The following year, the organisers decided to try to attract bigger names and after much persuasion, Bob Dylan agreed to headline after viewing a film of the Island showing its wonderful natural beauty and literary history. He was particularly swayed by the thought of performing at the place where Alfred Lord Tennyson once resided. Other acts appearing that year included Joe Cocker, Free, Richie Havens and The Moody Blues.
You can see more about the Isle of Wight Festival, and this year’s festival line-up on www.isleofwightfestival.com.
Source: www.isleofwighttouristguide.com and www.rkmusic.co.uk
The marker on the map below shows the field where the first Isle of Wight Festival took place.