The festival was so much larger and more popular than the year before due to the performance of Bob Dylan. He was reluctant to perform his comeback show on this unknown island until the promoters showed him a short video of the Island's cultural and literary heritage. This appealed to Dylan's artistic sensibilities as he was enthusiatic about performing in Tennyson country. Prior to the festival Bob Dylan and The Band rehearsed at Forelands Farm in Bembridge, and were joined by The Beatles minus Paul McCartney. Amongst the 150,000 audience were Elton John, Bill Wyman and the Rolling Stones Keith Richards.