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Isle of Wight to host new festival

Thu 29 Apr 2010

Isle of Wight to host new festival

Prog-rock band Hawkwind are to revisit the site of their famous Isle of Wight festival gig back in 1970.

They are to hold their own mini-festival - with only 1,000 guests - at the same site, opposite East Afton Farm in Freshwater.

Residents had protested over the proposed festival, but the Isle of Wight council has given the go-ahead for the gig to take place.

It will mark the 40th anniversary of Hawkwind's Isle of Wight festival gig and will be held on the August bank holiday weekend.

Hawkwind released albums such as Hall of the Mountain Grill and Warrior on the Edge of Time in the 1970s.

People taking Isle of Wight holidays to coincide with the Hawkwind reunion concert will be able to check out Freshwater's outstanding natural beauty.

Other attractions of the village are an 18-hole golf course, the former home of poet laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson at Farringford and a photography museum at Dimbola Lodge, the previous residence of Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. ADNFCR-3083-ID-19750588-ADNFCR

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