'It caused a big divide': Co-founder Ray Foulk marks 50 years since the first Isle Of Wight Festival

James Hanley

Fifty years on from the first ever Isle Of Wight festival, co-founder Ray Foulk talks about how it all started…

Start small and grow as you go along: it’s a policy many festivals still follow to this day. But the Isle Of Wight Festival took that idea to the extreme. 

Its first edition, in 1968 (two years before the first Glastonbury), attracted a respectable 10,000 punters, yet two years later that number had skyrocketed to a reputed 600,000 – ...

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