A NEW live music event commemorating the original Isle of Wight Festivals — the events that brought Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, The Who and Bob Dylan to our shores — will be held on the Island over the next three years.

All Wight Now will celebrate the 50th anniversaries of the 1968, 1969 and 1970 festivals with the first event taking place at Tapnell Farm, opposite the Afton site of the 1970 festival, on Saturday, September 1.

Named after one of the biggest hits of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, Free's All Right Now, the events will celebrate the music, the memories and the legacy of those legendary events.

The one day event at Tapnell will be held on the same weekend as the Great South Coast Bank Holiday Pop Festivity at Ford Farm, near Godshill, in 1968 — and will even feature one of the original performers.

Ashley Hutchings, who founded Fairport Convention and was described by Bob Dylan as 'the single most important figure in the history of English folk rock,' will be playing with his band, The Ashley Hutchings Trio.

Chair of the All Wight Now group, Andy Knight, said: "As a veteran of the 1970 festival I thought it would be great to see something happen to celebrate that event.

"I set up a Facebook page to see whether others would be interested and was amazed at the level of response. From the contacts I made, our group came together and the idea to celebrate all three of the original events came into being."

Roger Simmonds, a trustee at Dimbola Museum and Galleries — home to the Isle of Wight Festivals exhibition — said: "We have been in touch with many of those who were involved in the original festivals to create events that will allow both those who were there to reunite, and those who want to find out more about the original festivals, to come and experience the music and memories of 1968, 1969 and 1970.

"We will have artists who were part of the original line-ups as well as talks and displays that will rekindle the spirit of some of the greatest festivals that were ever staged."

All Wight Now has even won the backing of none other than Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, who played just before Hendrix at the 1970 festival, who said: "Now, 50 years later, there is to be a reawakening of those few heady days so long ago which ended the summer of love in the UK. Join the nostalgic and informative celebration of that little corner of the Isle of Wight, then and now."

For further details and tickets to the Tapnell event, visit www.allwightnow.com