Isle of Wight festival announce world record attempt in tribute to Jimi Hendrix

Festival goers will don Hendrix masks to commemorate 45 years since the musician played the festival

The Isle of Wight festival have announced that they will be attempting to break a world record at the festival this weekend (June 11-14).

The world record attempt is being held in honour of Jimi Hendrix and will commemorate 45 years since the iconic musician played the festival. The festival aim to break the record for the most people in the same place wearing masks at the same time. Fans will wear special Jimi Hendrix masks for the attempt, which will take place at the festival main stage at 3.30pm on Satuday June 13. All money made from the sale of masks will go the the festival’s chosen charity, WellChild.

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In 1970 Jimi Hendrix famously made his last ever UK festival appearance at the Isle of Wight event. His appearance attracted over half a million people to the island which has a population fewer than 200,000.

In a press release announcing the attempt, festival boss John Giddings said: “Jimi’s impact on the island and to popular music cannot be underestimated. 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 WellChild.”

The Isle of Wight festival which takes place this weekend (June 11-14) will be headlined by Blur, Fleetwood Mac, The Black Keys and The Prodigy.

Meanwhile, Isle of Wight Festival boss John Giddings has claimed that money is what convinced Fleetwood Mac to headline his event over Glastonbury this year. Fleetwood Mac will top the bill at this year’s festival later this month, appearing alongside fellow headline acts Blur, The Black Keys and The Prodigy. The US band were among the favourites to headline Glastonbury this year but the Eavis family lost out to Giddings and his festival.