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Museum reveals new Isle of Wight Festival exhibition

The celebrated 1970 Isle of Wight Festival is being brought to life in a new exhibition.

Dimbola Museum & Galleries has revised its existing exhibition dedicated to the music festivals held between 1968 and 1970. The superbly revamped display focuses on the 1970 festival which was headlined by Jimi Hendrix. This huge event attracted about 600,000 people was held close to Dimbola at Afton Down. It marked a turning point in UK music history and saw Jimi Hendrix’s last major performance and his final one in the UK.

Poet and musicologist, Dr Brian Hinton, chairman of the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust who run Dimbola, said: “We are very proud of our latest celebration of the festival. The Isle is a special place and by commemorating its important role in music history we are encouraging future musical innovation on the island and beyond”.

The reworked exhibition displays rare posters and photographs from the five-day event. It also features a montage of photographs by Charles Everest, a former BBC newsreel cameraman. He produced a series of images of acts such as The Doors, Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell.

A preview of the exhibition was held at the gallery on Friday 4 October. Opened by radio presenter Andy Peebles, other guests included fans who attended the 1970 festival and photogrpaher Chris Weston who took an iconic panoramic photo of the event showing the huge crowd.  

Andy, who is celebrating 40 years in broadcasting this year, said: “I originally heard about the exhibition via Andy Knight of Wight Island Radio. Not only is it an honour to open the preview it is fascinating to talk to the other guests. I saw Jimi Hendrix perform in Bournemouth but I never saw his appearance on the Isle of Wight. It is fascinating to talk to fellow fans who are privileged to have watched him perform at the festival”.

The exhibition is sponsored by Solo, the agency owned by John Giddings the promoter of the current Isle of Wight Festival.

Prints of Everest’s classic photographs will be available to order through the Museum Shop.

Andy Peebles Launches New Website

With Andy Peebles' tour coming ever closer to the date, the former BBC 1 Radio presenter website has recently been launched. Features such as a blog relating individual opinions on topics such as the music and radio industry and his personal favourite, soul music is sure to excite fans of the man who has interviewed three Prime Ministers.

Andy Peebles (left) With Sir Ian Botham at BBC Radio One in the early 1980′s.

Andy Peebles (left) With Sir Ian Botham at BBC Radio One in the early 1980′s.

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Founder of Music Majors does BBC interview!

Julia outside the BBC studios

Julia outside the BBC studios

Julia C Parsons, founder of Music Majors, attended her first ever interview at BBC Radio Surrey  with Joe Talbot & Pauline Cox. She talked about Music Majors and the Andy Peebles tour as well as sorting out The Bangles dry cleaning! Check out the audio of the interview below:

Broadcaster Andy Peebles - the man ‘with the perfect face for radio’ to give talk in Shoreham, Sussex

Words: Nicola Jones (@nicolajonespr) 

The last British person to interview John Lennon, broadcaster Andy Peebles, is kicking off a speaking tour at The Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea.

 Photo: 'Andy Peebles - The Perfect Face for Radio' tour details below:

Andy, who was a DJ on BBC Radio 1 for 13 years, will entertain by talking about some of the hundreds of music, sport and political personalities he has interviewed. More than just a music radio presenter Andy has interviewed three British prime ministers, commentated on cricket for the BBC and regularly presented shows on national radio for four decades.

This year Andy is celebrating 40 years in broadcasting with a tour that starts at the Ropetackle Arts Centre on Wednesday 25 September. He will be sharing memorable moments of his career including excerpts from the interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono conducted two days before the former Beatle was murdered in 1980.

Andy said: “Of course I’ll be talking about the momentous interview with John Lennon but I’ll also be telling the audience about my conversations with hundreds of other world-famous figures. I interviewed Elton John several times who I got on with really well due to our shared enthusiasm for soul music. I’ll also be telling the audience about my meeting with Margaret Thatcher and what it was like to come face-to-face with executioner, Albert Pierrepoint, who saw more than 400 people to their deaths.”

In 2011 Andy was inducted into the Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame. This highest honour in broadcasting pays tribute to people who have made a significant impact on the UK radio industry and British culture. Andy still broadcasts nationally and can be heard every Saturday evening on Smooth Radio which has revived his “Soul Train” show which he presented on Radio 1 for eight years. 

Andy added: “I’m really excited about going on tour. Although I’ve been broadcasting for decades this is my first talking tour so the performance at The Ropetackle Arts Centre is going to be special.

“After 40 years of broadcasting I decided to share my experiences. The talk will appeal to more than music fans - there’ll be something for sports fans and anyone with an interest in politics.”

Andy Peebles will be appearing at:

Wednesday 25 September 2013   SHOREHAM by SEA   Ropetackle Arts Centre

Thursday 26 September 2013       HAYWARDS HEATH    Clair Hall   

Friday 4 October 2013                   ISLE of WIGHT, Newport  Medina Theatre 


For further information about this press release or to request an interview with Andy Peebles, please contact Nicola Jones on 07941 194168 or at

The Birth of Music Majors: Sussex mum takes on the music industry from her kitchen table

Words: Nicola Jones (@nicolajonespr)

A West Sussex mother-of-two has entered the male-dominated music industry by setting up her own concert business from her kitchen table.

Julia Collins-Parsons has launched Music Majors which organizes speaking tours of people who have worked behind the scenes in the music and entertainment business. For her first tour she's signed up former BBC Radio 1 DJ and BBC Sport cricket commentator Andy Peebles.

Julia (aged 50)  was brought up in Steyning, her mother lives in Shoreham and she has recently been living in Ansty. She has returned to the county after working in the music industry in the UK and the United States.

She started her career aged 18 when she ran away from home to work as a messenger for a music management company. She eventually got a job as Artist Liaison Manager for CBS records, now Sony Music. Living in London and Los Angeles she worked with stars such as Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Tony Bennett.

Julia said: “While working in the music industry I met so many ‘behind-the-scenes people’ who have stories that the public never hear. I wanted to put them on stage to tell audiences what it’s like to work in the entertainment industry and offer advice on how to break into the business. Most legends would never have come to the public's attention had not someone from A&R signed them; put them with a producer; organized the recordings.  Another manager had to get that music played at radio and TV and so on.  Then there were the financial negotiation to approve the ever increasing costs of tour support money and video production.  A massive machine went into action to make the potential of a talented group or person come to the public's attention and their story is fascinating.  No-one else was doing anything quite like it and that’s how I came up with the idea for Music Majors.”

After leaving the record label, Julia set up an events company organizing parties for Michael Jackson, U2 and the BRITS awards. She later concentrated on bringing up her children Bonnie (25) and Rory (24).

Julia added: “As I am Sussex-born I chose Shoreham and Haywards Heath as the venues for the first two dates of Andy Peebles’ tour.

“Andy has had a 40 year career in broadcasting and was the last British person to interview John Lennon before he was murdered in1980. The interview was conducted two days before the former Beatle’s death and due to its poignant timing it was issued as a book ‘The John Lennon Tapes’ by the BBC.

As well as the interview with John Lennon, Andy will be talking about Elton John with whom he struck up a rapport due to their shared enthusiasm for soul music. He will also be telling the audience about what it was like interviewing Margaret Thatcher and infamous executioner, Albert Pierrepoint, who saw more than 400 people to their deaths.”

The tour starts at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham on Wednesday 25 September and then moves to Clair Hall, Haywards Heath on Thursday 26 September.

For further information about this press release or to request an interview with Julia Collins-Parsons please contact Nicola Jones on 07941 194168 or at

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