Fifty years ago today, one of our favourite singers, Bob Dylan, was at the centre of a storm with arguments raging on both sides of the Atlantic about whether his decision to play with electric instruments meant he had sold out his folk roots. The controversy began at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival in the US, where he was booed when he played electric and it came to a head, unexpectedly, towards the end of his 1966 world tour at a concert at the Manchester Free Trade Hall on 17th May. Frustrated by what he was hearing, one man decided to vent his fury as the sound ebbed before Dylan’s final song of the set with a heckle that has become one of the most famous in musical history. He shouted a single word – “Judas”.
Rogers Waters, The Who, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Neil Young have all been confirmed for the line-up of a “mega-festival” this October in America. Called Desert Trip, the three-day event will take place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California – the site of the Coachella music festival. Tickets start at $200 (£137) per day, rising to $1,599 (£1,097) for a three-day pass for the area near the stage. Performances will start after sunset, with each artist playing a full set.