Richard Thompson headlined the 2019 Million Dollar Bash.

The organisers of the Million Dollar Bash, which was held at Northwood’s County Showground in August, have revealed more details about their plan to celebrate the anniversary of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. 

They have formally launched the two-day Experience 1970 event.

On August 31, folk legend Richard Thompson headlined the Million Dollar Bash, which marked fifty years since Bob Dylan played the Isle of Wight.

In 1970, up to 600,000 music fans watched Jimi Hendrix, The Who and The Doors, among others, at Afton Down.

Fifty years on, Experience 1970 will be held on 5 and 6 September 2020 to mark the historic party. 

All Wight Now chairman Jonathan Bacon said: 

“We are delighted to continue our celebrations of the iconic first three Island festivals with Experience 1970. When the group started three years ago it was with the intention of celebrating the 1970 event and then, of course, we realised the 1968 and 1969 events had to honoured, too.

“But the 1970 event was the mammoth event that captured everyone’s imagination back then and continues to do so now. So our 2020 Experience 1970 two-day celebration is the biggest we have undertaken and it is really exciting.

“We plan to have a fantastic range of acts, including great names who appeared back in 1970 and other, more contemporary musicians who carry the influences of that great music forward for new generations.”