More than 50,000 people are expected at the festival
It was 1970 when rock icon Jimi Hendrix made his last ever UK performance at the legendary Isle Of Wright Festival. Drawing over half a million people to the island with a population of less than 200,000, Hendrix’s performance made headlines around the world. Now, 45 years later, festival organizers announce that they will celebrate the special moment by inviting festival goers to take part in a world record attempt.
At 3:30 pm on Saturday, June 13th all those present at the main stage area, which has permanently been renamed the “Electric Church” in honor of Hendrix, will wear special Jimi Hendrix masks to commemorate this special anniversary.
With over 50,000 people expected on site festival organizer John Giddings is confident that along with the audience his festival can create another historic moment for the Island whilst raising money and awareness for the festival’s chosen charity WellChild.
“Jimi’s impact on the island and to popular music cannot be underestimated,” Giddings states. “His inspiration lives on today and is present each year in the artists performing this year. We wanted to celebrate the 45th anniversary by doing something fun with everyone at the festival this year. By buying a Jimi mask people can not only take part in this special celebration but also help raise money for our partner charity Well Child.”
All the money made from sales of the masks will go to WellChild, a national charity that helps young people in the UK living with long-term or complex health issues. WellChild ensures the best possible support and care for all these children and the families.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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