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Celebrating 50 Years of the Isle of Wight Festival

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David Hurn A crowd of about 300 naked people in the sea raising the peace sign. In the centre a girl sits on a man's shoulders. Isle of Wight Festival, England. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn It's a strange, wonderful feeling to be among 150,000 peaceful people. Isle of Wight Festival, England. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn The Pink Fairies, anarchist rock group, play for free to a bare chested dancer. Isle of Wight Festival, England. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn Five assorted buttocks in a row; a girl wearing nothing but roman sandals stands in the middle. Isle of Wight Festival, England. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn Two Isle of Wight residents look out over the festival site. Isle of Wight Festival, England. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn Sleeping out in the open gives a wonderful free feeling. Rain could be thought to be the major enemy of the festivals. The ingenuity of young people can often be very suprising. Isle of Wight Festi (...)
David Hurn Special events such as soap suds to play in are always well used. The odd few make love in public usually to the embarassment or boredom of most and the delight of the press. Isle of Wight Festival (...)
David Hurn Many children were brought by their parents and all had plenty of fun or sleep. Isle of Wight Festival, England. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn Hair styles here are based on the new black power style. Isle of Wight Festival, England. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn The local Hells Angels are always around to add a little colour but rarely any trouble. Isle of Wight Festival, England. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn Pop festivals bring out the wildest forms of dress sense. In the foregound sits Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. Isle of Wight, England. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn A young couple lying on the edge of a cliff amidst the litter. Isle of Wight Festival, England. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn GB. ENGLAND. Isle of Wight Festival. Hippy 25-year old mother with 5-year old Joanna and 3-year old Plum. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn GB. ENGLAND. Isle of Wight Festival. Pop-festivals always bring out the wildest forms of dress sense. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn GB. ENGLAND. Isle of Wight Festival. View of the 600,000 strong crowd, from the hillside where many garthered to hear the music for free. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn GB. ENGLAND. Isle of Wight Festival. Water is provided for washing, although cold, it is a friendly comunal affair. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn Perhaps the most unpleasant sight is the various forms of security around the festival. In England though they are rarely inside the arena. Isle of Wight Festival, England. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn Getting food often means a long wait, cooking your own is much better. Isle of Wight Festival, England. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn Getting food often means a long wait, cooking your own is much better. Here a group cook soup on a minute heater made out of Coca-Cola cans. Isle of Wight Festival, England. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
David Hurn GB. ENGLAND. Isle of Wight Festival. Affluent mothers posing with their children in the VIP backstage area. 1969. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos