Hendrix at the Isle of Wight Festival - 1970
Hendrix's Isle of Wight performance was one of his last.
Isle of Wight Festival
Held between 26 -30 August 1970, this was actually the third Isle of Wight Festival and had hosted The Who and Bob Dylan the previous year. But this was easily the biggest; the crowd of 600 000 was around 6 times that of the island's population, making it bigger than Woodstock.
Despite a strong line-up, poor planning and security resulted in crowd trouble (plus financial disaster for the organisers, Fiery Creations). While there were triumphs for The Who, Miles Davis and the newly formed ELP, Jimi Hendrix's set wasn't one of his strongest. Technical problems and overenthusiastic consumption of LSD resulted in an uninspiring performance. Halfway through the set the guitarist told the audience to go and buy hot dogs instead of listening to him. It was to be his last public performance in the UK and he would be dead two weeks later.