Festival

16th June 1967, The three day Monterey Pop Festival in California began. All the proceeds went to charity when all the artists agreed to perform for free, the 'Summer of Love' was born. The festival saw the first major US appearances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Also on the bill: The Byrds, […]

12th June 1970, David Bowie released the single ‘Memory of a Free Festival’, which featured guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick Woodmansey’s studio debut with Bowie’s band, bringing together the line-up that would shortly record The Man Who Sold the World. The track also featured Marc Bolan on lead guitar and backing vocals. Article source: […]

We’ve been talking about music festivals. What is the best festival you’ve attended, who did you see and have you bought tickets for a festival this year? Piece here on one of the biggest and best – the Isle of Wight festival: https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/liner-notes/isle-of-wight-festival/ The Isle Of Wight Festival – August 1970 | This Day In […]

6th Dec 1969, The Rolling Stones played a free festival at Altamont in California, along with Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby Stills Nash & Young. Rolling Stones fan Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death as the group played by Hell's Angels who'd been hired to police the event. It's claimed Hunter […]

3rd Sept 1970, Arthur Brown was arrested at the Palermo Pop ’70 Festival in Italy, after he set fire to his helmet (during the performance of his hit ‘Fire’), and stripped naked during his stage performance. The singer spent four days in solitary confinement before he was released. Read it here

On Aug. 29, 1970, The Man-Pop Festival was a music festival held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Led Zeppelin was the headlining act at the event. Other artists performing at the festival included The Youngbloods, The Ides Of March, Iron Butterfly, Chilliwack, plus local bands, including Dianne Heatherington and The Merry Go Round. The festival was […]

30th August 1969, Two weeks after the Woodstock festival, the second Isle Of Wight festival took place. Over 150,000 turned up over the two days to see Bob Dylan, The Band, Blodwyn Pig, Blonde On Blonde, Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band, Edgar Broughton Band, Joe Cocker, Aynsley Dunbar, Family, Fat Mattress, Julie Felix, Free, Gypsy, […]

In 1968, 69 && 70, there was a rock festival held at the end of August on the Isla of Wight, in the UK. The festival on Aug. 31 && Sept.1,1968 drew about 15,000 people. It was 10 times larger on Aug. 30 && 31, 1969 when it drew over 150,000 people. In 1970, from […]

The Woodstock festival had just completed Aug. 19, 49 years ago. One of the questions on a lot of peoples minds then was 'how come Bob Dylan didn't play at the festival? It was virtually in his back yard!" Here is a story from the UK that might answer that question. http://www.independent.co.uk/…/bob-dylan-how-the-isle-of-wi… Here’s how the […]

At 11:10 am on Aug. 18, 1969, the Woodstock festival was over. It went down in history as one of the greatest events ever in Rock and Roll. If all of the acts that were scheduled and or invited to perform there would have, it probably would have taken a couple more days. Here is […]


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