Isle of Wight Festival Preview Night at Tapnell Farm

Join us on Friday 5th May at The Cow Co. restaurant to launch a summer long exhibition of photos and memorabilia from the legendary Isle of Wight Festivals 68-70 & 2002 to the present day curated by Dimbola Lodge. Including live music from Bang Bang Romeo, Xockha, Polly and the Worm and Doug Alldred.

Starting at 7pm The Cow Co will be setting up a festival-style takeout window from their kitchen, supplying delicious burgers and more throughout the evening to the hungry revellers while you take your time to wander around the exhibition in their gallery.  To keep you entertained and really help you get into the festival mood there will be live music throughout the night!

The iconic 1970s Isle of Wight Festival took place just 800 metres from The Cow Co at East Afton, which is also part of Tapnell Farm – so we will be channelling our inner hippie for one night only, as we get into the festival spirit!

This event is FREE Entry, but spaces are strictly limited. We are therefore opening up a guest list, on which you can secure a place by purchasing a £5 token – this is redeemable on the night against food or drink.

Make sure you’re included on the Guest List by grabbing your tokens below!

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More about the bands:

Bang Bang Romeo are a Sheffield-based group of talented, driven and larger-than-life musicians with an appetite for success as big as their sound. Their music is timeless and classic, yet modern and exciting and a sound is already causing a stir across the industry and every audience they perform for. Playing in the Big Top at #IOW2017 this is a great chance to see them in a more intimate venue.  Check them out online: Facebook | Twitter | Website.

Formed on the Isle of Wight, XOCKHA released their debut EP 'Sleeper' in mid 2015. Their lo-fi, indie guitar dream pop has gained the attention of Huw Stephens (BBC R1), Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music), and John Kennedy (Radio X), all of whom have championed different single releases. They have since made their presence known at various festivals across Europe and played a live session on BBC Introducing the South, who have given the band continued support since their first release. Check them out online: Facebook | Twitter | Website.

Polly and the Worm are a four-piece alternative rock band, currently showcasing material from their debut concept album of the same name, written and produced by Carl J Perkins, in which the central character, Polly, gets fused with an extraterrestrial. Dynamic, powerful and topped with blackly humourous lyrics, PATW are ready to take the live music festival circuit by storm, with a rawer, heavier live sound than the synth-embellished production of the album. Band members are: Carl J Perkins (Vocals, guitar, piano), Mark Richardson (guitar), Devon Badman (bass), and Joe Wolton (drums).  Check them out online: Facebook | Soundcloud.

Opening up the night at Tapnell will be Doug Alldred performing a special stripped back acoustic set of tracks from his back catalogue, and versions of songs from Doug Alldred & The Silver Lining's EP 'A Little Knowledge'. Selected for airplay by Dermot O'Leary on BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing and EGH Radio he's looking ahead to a busy summer of playing festivals. Check him out online: Facebook | YouTube.

Dimbola Museum and Galleries are supported by Solo and have a permanent Isle of Wight Festival display which includes rare posters and photographs of the legendary 1970 festival. Exhibits include a panorama taken from Afton Down which gives an idea of the huge crowds – its estimated around 600,000 people - who gathered to watch Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Taste, Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell to name a few. 
This exhibition is currently being updated to include a range of posters and photographs from the modern Isle of Wight Festivals with a special exhibition, organised by Dimbola, featuring the Festival 'then and now’ also being held this summer at Tapnell Farm. Read all about the historic Dimbola Lodge here.

The Cow Co. Restaurant is located at Tapnell Farm. Tapnell is a diversified farm, located on the site of the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. Along with some of the best things to do they've got one of the most amazing locations you’ll find on the Island! More about Tapnell Farm.

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