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The Beatles, The Brook Brothers, Cliff Richard, Joe Brown, Mike Berry, The Shadows, The Tornados: Cliff Richard, The Beatles, The Tornados, Joe Brown et al: NME Poll Winners Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1963

MIKE BERRY burst into the second half to the throbbing beat of 'La Bamba'. Close on its heels came his current release 'My Little Baby' ...

The Animals, The Bachelors, The Beatles, Cilla Black, Donovan, Dusty Springfield, Freddie & The Dreamers, Georgie Fame, Herman's Hermits, The Ivy League, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, The Rockin' Berries, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, Sounds Incorporated, Them, Tom Jones, Twinkle, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones et al: NME Poll Winners' Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1965

IT WAS THE GREATEST POP SHOW ON EARTH ...

The Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Jackie DeShannon, Johnny Cash, The Kingsmen, P.J. Proby: The Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash, P.J. Proby et al: Freedom From Hunger Benefit, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, June 1965

Most Fantastic Show Ever! ...

Donovan, Petula Clark: Fun, Work Behind The Cameras At Filming of 2nd T.A.M.I. Show

Report by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, December 1965

A COUPLE OF weeks ago The BEAT took you behind the scenes of a recording session to show you that it was not so easy ...

Frank Sinatra, Herb Alpert, James Brown, Roger Miller, Tom Jones: Stars Turn Out For Grammys: Standing Ovation For Herb Alpert

Report by Louise Criscione, Carol Deck, KRLA Beat, April 1966

HOLLYWOOD: In the finest tradition of glittering Hollywood premieres and openings, the Eighth Annual Grammy Awards were presented in the International Ballroom of the Beverly ...

The Action, Cream, Georgie Fame, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, The Move, The Small Faces, Spencer Davis Group, Geno Washington, The Who: Sixth National Jazz and Blues Festival, Windsor: Jazz on a Summer's Weekend

Live Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, August 1966

A washout, but still swinging ...

Chaos On The Sunset Strip

Report by Mike Tuck, KRLA Beat, September 1966

Teens Demonstrate For Dance Rights ...

Pink Floyd, Soft Machine: 2500 Ball at IT Launch

Report by uncredited writer, International Times, October 1966

IT ISN'T SO cool to rave about your own party, but the IT Rave-Up at the Roundhouse two Saturdays ago was such an event we ...

The Beatles: Beatles Off Guard

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express Annual, December 1966

When two Los Angeles security men guarded the Beatles during their last U.S. tour there were no reporters... no photographers. The Beatles never thought this story would be ...

Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, Tomorrow: Pink Floyd, Soft Machine et al: The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream, Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, May 1967

TECHNICOLOUR DREAM STIRS UNDERGROUND ...

Monterey Pops! An International Pop Festival

Report by Michael Lydon, unpublished, for Newsweek, June 1967

Reporting for Newsweek took me to Monterey. I'd gone to work for Newsweek right out of college in 1965 – I was a reporter in ...

Monterey Pops! An International Pop Festival (2)

Report by Michael Lydon, unpublished, for Newsweek, June 1967

Part TwoDAY TWO was over and Sunday came grey and cold, but the excitement was still there and growing. Could anyone believe what had happened, ...

The Bloodless Battle Of The Badge: The Press at Monterey Pop

Report by Derek Taylor, World Countdown News, July 1967

THE CLEAN YOUNG man at the window said he was from the Los Angeles Times and there was nothing in his face to say he ...

The Rolling Stones: Monterey Pop Festival: Brian Jones

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, July 1967

BEAT: Can you comment about what's happening this weekend in Monterey? ...

Eric Burdon: Monterey Pop Festival: Eric Burdon — 'It Was A Good Beginning'

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, July 1967

"I THINK THE Monterey Festival was agood beginning for what may follow in the next few years. But I think there were a lot of ...

Monterey Pop Festival: How The Happening Happened

Report by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, July 1967

THE MONTEREY International Pop Festival was a fantastic success by all accounts. It was a real victory for the art of pop music over commerical ...

David Crosby, Jimi Hendrix, The Monkees, Otis Redding, The Who: Monterey Pop Festival: Inside Looking Out

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, July 1967

BEAT: Just wanted to get your comments on what's happening here in Monterey this weekend. ...

The Mamas and The Papas: Monterey Pop Festival: Mama Cass — 'I Want A Bit Of Freedom Myself'

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, July 1967

BEAT: What's your reaction to what's going on here, Cass? ...

Arthur Brown, Cream, Donovan, Manfred Mann, Marmalade, The Nice, P.P. Arnold, The Small Faces, Tomorrow, Yusef Lateef: Various Artists: Seventh National Jazz And Blues Festival, Windsor

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1967

I've got those Seventh National Jazz And Blues Festival blues ...

Where’s the Money from Monterey Pop?

Report by Michael Lydon, Rolling Stone, November 1967

For the first issue of Rolling Stone in November, 1967, editor Jann Wenner asked me to do an investigative piece on what had happened to ...

Grateful Dead: The First European International Pop Festival: Pigpen To Meet Pope?

Report by Michael Lydon, Rolling Stone, February 1968

THE FIRST EUROPEAN International Pop Festival, a resounding name for a still rather mysterious event, is being planned for Rome's huge Palazzo dello Sport February ...

Arthur Brown, Ginger Baker, Jeff Beck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker, John Mayall, Marmalade, The Nice, Spencer Davis Group, Tim Rose, Traffic, Tyrannosaurus Rex: NME Reporters Cover the Weekend's Major Event — the Eighth National Jazz and Blues Festival

Live Review by Keith Altham, Richard Green, New Musical Express, August 1968

STARS, SUNSHINE and a SHAMBLES ...

The Animals, Blue Cheer, Jefferson Airplane, Sonny & Cher: Jefferson Airplane et al: Newport Pop Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, August 1968

NEWPORT FESTIVAL FAILURE ...

Jefferson Airplane: The Isle of Wight Pop Festival

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1968

A SMALL bronze medal should be struck and presented to all the survivors of the Isle of Wight Pop Festival. They are the brave men ...

Hair: Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Live Review by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

The Lesson of Hair ...

The Animals, Blue Cheer, The Byrds, Canned Heat, The Chambers Brothers, Country Joe McDonald, Electric Flag, James Cotton, Jefferson Airplane, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf, Tiny Tim: The Newport Pop Festival: Two Days of Surprises, Flowers, Cream Pies... and Super Sounds!

Live Review by Carol Deck, Flip, December 1968

THE ONLY THING really wrong with the Newport Pop Festival held recently in Orange Country, Calif, was that it wasn't in Monterey. ...

Blind Faith, Donovan, The Edgar Broughton Band, Richie Havens, The Third Ear Band: Blind Faith, Richie Havens, Donovan, Edgar Broughton Band, The Third Ear Band: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1969

Following Blind Faith to the shores of a lake ...

The Insect Trust, John D. Loudermilk, Johnny Winter, Mississippi Fred McDowell: The Memphis Country Blues Festival

Report by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, June 1969

AN ARTICLE ON the Memphis Country Blues Festival in a local Memphis newspaper was headlined: "BLUES ARE REBORN IN COTTON-FIELD HEAT." ...

Atlanta International Pop Festival

Comment by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, June 1969

"If you want to come up with a singular, most important trend in this new music, I think it has to be something like: it ...

John Mayall, Led Zeppelin, The Nice: Led Zeppelin, John Mayall, The Nice et al: Bath Festival, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

A ZEPPELIN attacked the City of Bath on Saturday, and gassed 120,000. Airship Com­mander Jimmy Page kept the most fearsome dirigible in pro­gressive blues aloft ...

The Edwin Hawkins Singers, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker: Newport '69 Pop Festival: Rock Festival Fiasco

Report by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, July 1969

NOW THAT the Newport '69 Pop Festival (called that to borrow a little of the fame from the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, but actually ...

Blodwyn Pig, The Nice, Ten Years After: The Nice, Blodwyn Pig, Ten Years After: Bath Festival, Somerset

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, July 1969

RICHARD GREEN says ROCKING NICE HIT ...

Family, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park: Out of the Way

Report by Geoffrey Cannon, New Society, July 1969

A world turned upside down ...

Alexis Korner, Family, King Crimson, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones et al: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

CHRIS WELCH SAYS: 'Somehow the magic worked' ...

Johnny Winter: Forest Hills Music Festival, Queens NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1969

Agility Marks Blues By Johnny Winter At Forest Hills Fete ...

B.B. King, Big Mama Thornton, Charlie Musselwhite, Clifton Chenier, Freddie King, Howlin' Wolf, J.B. Hutto, Lightnin' Hopkins, Luther Allison, Magic Sam, Muddy Waters, Son House, T-Bone Walker: Payin' Some Dues — Blues at Ann Arbor

Live Review by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, August 1969

"I'd like for them to hear the real things. I don't think yet that most of the white people like my music because it's blues. I ...

The Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly & The Family Stone: The Band, Sly & The Family Stone, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin: Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Bethel, NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, August 1969

Rock Audience Moves to Dusk-to-Dawn Rhythms ...

Woodstock: Peace Mecca

Report by Danny Goldberg, Billboard, August 1969

BETHEL, N.Y. – About 400,000 rock fans gave peace a chance Aug. 15-18, and it worked. For them and the overwhelmed residents of this Catskills ...

Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Melanie, Ravi Shankar, Tim Hardin, The Who: Woodstock

Report by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, September 1969

"Man, what done got into them ofays?" one asked. "It ain't nothing. They just trying to get back, that's all" "Get back?" said the ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan, The Band: Isle of Wight Festival

Live Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, September 1969

The gospel according to Dylan ...

The Band, Bob Dylan, Bonzo Dog Band, Fat Mattress, Joe Cocker, The Moody Blues, The Nice, The Who: Bob Dylan et al: Isle of Wight Festival

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, September 1969

200,000 roar approval including John, George, Ringo and wives! But Dylan didn't quite sink Isle of Wight, reports Richard Green ...

Peter, Paul & Mary, Richie Havens, The Voices of East Harlem: Richie Havens, Peter, Paul & Mary, the Voices of East Harlem et al – Vietnam Moratorium Benefit, Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, January 1970

Garden Thronged for Songfest In Aid of Vietnam Moratorium ...

Recollected in Tranquility: Woodstock

Report by Mike Jahn, Music & Artists, June 1970

IN AUGUST 1969 we pulled into Woodstock, feeling about half-past dead. I had to go there and write about three days of love, peace and ...

Blues Image, John Sebastian, Leon Russell, The Who: The Who, John B. Sebastian, the Blues Image, Leon Russell: Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, July 1970

WHO HEAT UP SUMMER ...

The Edgar Broughton Band, Formerly Fat Harry, Kevin Ayers, Pink Floyd, Roy Harper: Pink Floyd, Roy Harper, Edgar Broughton Band, Kevin Ayers & The Whole World, Formerly Fat Harry: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, July 1970

Good music, bad vibes at free Hyde Park ...

Chicago, The Doors, Emerson Lake And Palmer, Jimi Hendrix, John Sebastian, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Miles Davis, The Moody Blues, Pentangle, Procol Harum, Richie Havens, Taste, Ten Years After, Tiny Tim, The Who: The Isle of Wight Festival: Five Days That Rocked Britain

Report by Chris Welch, Michael Watts, Richard Williams, Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, September 1970

MM's Richard Williams, Chris Welch, Michael Watts and Mark Plummer present a five-page report on an amazing weekend of music and other scenes... ...

The Isle of Wight Festival: Three Shades Of Wight

Overview by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, September 1970

APART FROM the music, what went on at the Isle of Wight last weekend? Here are the most popular theories. ...

The Doors, Hawkwind, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, The Pink Fairies, Sly & The Family Stone, The Who: The Isle of Wight Festival: 5 Days of Peace, Music and Love

Report by uncredited writer, Mick Farren, International Times, September 1970

2011 note: this report on the 1970 IoW festival is led off by Mick Farren but includes contributions by other, unnamed IT writers. The title ...

Canned Heat, Eric Burdon, John Sebastian, Michael Chapman, War: John Sebastian, Canned Heat, Eric Burdon & War et al: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1970

JOHN SEBASTIAN brought a little sunshine into a gloomy Hyde Park, London, on Saturday. ...

Melanie: Festivals: Powder Ridge A Ball Anyway

Report by Danny Fields, Circus, October 1970

Let me take you down Cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields Nothing is real Nothing to get hung about Strawberry Fields forever Strawberry Fields forever ...

Alex Taylor, James Taylor: James and Alex Taylor: And He Played Real Good For Free

Report by Al Aronowitz, Melody Maker, April 1971

CHILMARK, MASSACHUSETTS.The Island Children's School gave its first annual benefit concert here last January 12 and if you've read The Vineyard Gazette then you know ...

Rock Festivals: Sometimes You Can Even Hear The Music

Overview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1971

"EVERYONE'S SAYING the music's for free" — that's the line from a recent rock album by singer David Crosby. But there have been signs that ...

Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar: George Harrison et al: Concert for Bangla Desh, Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, August 1971

Raga and Rock Link 2 Cultures ...

Badfinger, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar, Ringo Starr: George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar et al: Concert for Bangla Desh, Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Nancy Lewis, New Musical Express, August 1971

GEORGE CREATES GREATEST ROCK SPECTACLE OF DECADE ...

The First Great Rock Festival Of The Seventies

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Ink, October 1971

Isle of Wight/Atlanta — a CBS 3 record set ...

Frank Zappa, Hawkwind: The Foulk Brothers: Pop Promoting Blues

Report by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 1972

"RONNIE..." RONALD Foulk's secretary broke into the conference. "Will you accept a transfer call from America?" ...

George Harrison: The Concert For Bangla Desh

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1972

If you buy only one LP in 1972, make it this one ...

Commander Cody, John Lennon, Joy of Cooking, Stevie Wonder, Yoko Ono: John Sinclair: Free John & Yoko

Report by uncredited writer, Dave Marsh, Creem, March 1972

The new Plastic Ono Band comes to Ann Arbor to Free John Sinclair – Starring David Peel, Archie Shepp, Ed Sanders, Stevie Wonder, Commander Cody, ...

Universal Exhibition: The Bickershaw Festival

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, Oz, May 1972

"FESTIVALS," SAID Tommy Chong, leaning up against the RCA caravan at Bickershaw, "are just camping out with a light show." ...

The Flamin' Groovies, Grateful Dead: Grateful Dead et al: Bickershaw Festival, Lancashire

Report by Nick Kent, Frendz, June 1972

BICKERSHAW, A SLEEPY little Northern town, had certainly never seen anything like it before. Coronation St had been invaded by the day glow kids and ...

Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar: The Concert for Bangla Desh (Apple/Twentieth Century-Fox)

Film/DVD/TV Review by John Pidgeon, New Musical Express, July 1972

A SPECIAL PREVIEW BY JOHN PIDGEON ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice, Steeleye Span: Great Caledonian Express Festival, Grangemouth, Scotland

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, September 1972

Mr. Beck we salute you ...

Hawkwind, The Pink Fairies, The Pretty Things: Hawkwind, Pink Fairies, The Pretty Things: Windsor Free Festival, Berkshire

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, September 1972

THE SIGNS were there once again at what was in effect just another one-day festival that a bummer was to be had by one and ...

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, Jesse Colin Young, Quicksilver Messenger Service: Woodstock Remembered: KGB stages a rock festival

Report by Steven Rosen, Los Angeles Free Press, November 1972

SUNDAY’S KGB "Charity Ball" was important for one reason: the concert proved that people in large numbers can still come together for an event and ...

Festivals: Whither The Million-Dollar Bash?

Report by Chris Rowley, International Times, June 1973

'During Saturday evening the weather deteriorated with the wind increasing and bringing heavy rain. By this time it was not possible to carry patients by ...

Festivals: Whither The Million-Dollar Bash?

Report by Chris Rowley, International Times, June 1973

'During Saturday evening the weather deteriorated with the wind increasing and bringing heavy rain. By this time it was not possible to carry patients by ...

Edgar Winter, The Kinks, Lindisfarne, Sly & The Family Stone: Wet City: Sly and Company Live in London

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

LIKE THE WEATHER, the music at London’s White City on Sunday was a mixture of fair and foul. ...

Mardi Gras: The Complete Mardi Gras Primer

Guide by Jim Esposito, Creem, March 1974

NEW ORLEANS – a party town without peer – annually hosts one solid week of rampant, unadulterated Bachanalia. It's called Mardi Gras. Sort of an ...

Captain Beefheart, Linda Lewis, Pink Floyd, Roy Harper, Steve Miller: Pink Floyd, Steve Miller, Captain Beefheart, Roy Harper, Linda Lewis: Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire

Live Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, July 1975

Floyd fly high with support ...

Caravan, Climax Blues Band, Ike & Tina Turner, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Soft Machine: Ike and Tina Turner, Caravan, John McLaughlin et al: Startruckin' 75

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, August 1975

WHERE THE HELL is Lou Reed?Good question, if a trifle academic, but eminently suited for whiling away times in the coach by discussing. ...

The Selling Of Reading Festival

Report by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, August 1975

THE SUN was westering in a haze of towering cumulus, fire-orange against midnight black, filling the still air with speckled light, as we came over ...

Wild In The Streets

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, August 1975

MICK FARREN visits the Notting Hill Carnival ...

Windsor/Watchfield Festival: The Smallest Story Ever Told

Report by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, August 1975

Meanwhile...out west on Windsor's High Chaparral, a wandering hippie couple in search of the Ultimate Alternative Festival are waylaid by a pack of journalists hungering ...

Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Live Review by Todd Everett, Phonograph Record, November 1975

Reunion in the Park: The Dead & The Starship Back To Basics ...

Little Feat, The Outlaws, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The Who: The Who: Who-ray!

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1976

"Will the people on the lighting tower please get-off because it's very dangerous and we are afraid that tower might go" – Nicky Horne, Capital ...

Curved Air, Hawkwind, Status Quo, The Strawbs: Status Quo: Quo Storm The Castle

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1976

Rock festivals in Wales always tempt providence, as many a Marley or 10cc fan can attest. But at Cardiff Castle last Saturday, the sun shone ...

The Clash, The Damned, The Sex Pistols: The Sex Pistols, The Clash et al: Punk Rock Festival, 100 Club, London

Live Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, October 1976

High dummy count flunks punks ...

The Band, Bob Dylan, Bobby Charles, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, Neil Young, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Ronnie Hawkins, Van Morrison: The Band's "Last Waltz": Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Stephen M H Braitman, Phonograph Record, December 1976

WHEN THE announcement came, 5,000 tickets at $25 each were sold out almost immediately. This was the final show, "The Last Waltz." The Band — ...

The Clash, The Damned: Clash In Euro-Rock Horror

Report by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, August 1977

'Bilzen? more like Belsen' Clash, Damned: Bilzen Festival, Belgium ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Final Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

Memoir by Al Aronowitz, Circus, September 1977

I HAD TO talk Miles into going to Jimi's funeral with me. ...

Tamiko Jones: John Abbey and Tamiko Jones: A Soulful Wedding In Atlanta

Report by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1977

CERTAINLY one of the most exciting events of this year (might even qualify for the decade!) was the soulful wedding of our esteemed editor, Mr. John Abbey to the ...

Dave Edmunds, Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Nick Lowe: The Stiff Tour: Stiffs Drugs And Rock 'N' Roll

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1977

"SEX AND drugs and rock and roll...sex and drugs and rock and roll...sex and drugs and rock and roll..." Hot damn, m'man, Leicester University is ...

Aerosmith, Bob Welch, Dave Mason, Foreigner, Heart, Santana, Ted Nugent: The California Jam Festival

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, April 1978

THERE WEREN'T even traffic jams. ...

The Cramps, The Mutants: The Cramps/The Mutants: Napa State Hospital, Napa CA

Live Review by Howie Klein, New York Rocker, July 1978

"LET'S DRIVE UP to the funny farm. The Cramps and Mutants are doin' a concert for the nuts; should be lotsa yuks." I wanna take ...

Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Graham Parker, Joan Armatrading: Blackbushe Festival - Nice To See Ya, Bob

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1978

...OR RATHER, IT would have been, but at least we heard him and that made the hassles worthwhile, reports our survivor of the million dollar ...

Grateful Dead: Dead on the Nile

Report by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, September 1978

Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Keith & Donna Godchaux, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Hamza El-Din, Bill Graham, Ken Kesey & The Merry Pranksters, the Sphinx, the ...

The Clash, Doll By Doll, John Otway, Merger, Siouxsie & The Banshees: ZigZag: The Party (The Pain)

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, July 1979

IT WAS OUR party... the day ZigZag came OUT. An erratic monthly "fanzine" (not owned by IPC or any other gardening clubs) celebrated ten years ...

Commander Cody, Led Zeppelin, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Todd Rundgren: Ghosts Of Progressive Rock Past: Led Zeppelin et al at Knebworth

Report by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, August 1979

EVENTS LIKE KNEBWORTH, the promoter Freddy Bannister had wanly predicted in Saturday's Guardian, cannot continue for much longer. The reasons for the inevitable decline and ...

Led Zeppelin, New Barbarians, Todd Rundgren: Led Zeppelin/New Barbarians/Todd Rundgren: Knebworth, Hertfordshire

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, August 1979

WELL, THAT'S OVER. No more Led Zeppelin front covers for a good while; no more wondering whether Mick would appear with the New Barbarians; no ...

A Certain Ratio, Cabaret Voltaire, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Fall, Hawkwind, Joy Division, The Monochrome Set, The Only Ones, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, pragVEC, Public Image Ltd, Punishment Of Luxury, Scritti Politti, Spizz, The Teardrop Explodes, Tymon Dogg: Joy Division, Pil et al: Futurama '79 Festival — Set The Controls For The Squalor Of Leeds

Live Review by Andy Gill, Ian Penman, New Musical Express, September 1979

The World's First Science Fiction Music FestivalWords: Ian Penman and Andy Gill. Pix: Kevin Cummins ...

Led Zeppelin: The Songs Remain The Same: Led Zeppelin at Knebworth Park

Live Review by Mick Brown, Rolling Stone, October 1979

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The Beat, Fleetwood Mac: The US Festival: Us & Them

Report by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1982

That Woz the Fest that Woz! Barney Hoskyns takes a bite of the rotten Apple and hangs his head in despair ...

Genesis, Peter Gabriel: Rhythm Of The Pete

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, October 1982

After the ambitious WOMAD Festival, the bailiffs cometh and PETER GABRIEL has decided to get himself out of hock – even if it means a ...

Led Zeppelin: Bath 1970: Confessions Of A Festival-Goer

Memoir by Tom Hibbert, History of Rock, The, 1983

The 1970 Bath Festival: a personal view ...

Big Country, Eurythmics, Simple Minds, Steel Pulse, U2: U2, Simple Minds, Eurythmics, Big Country, Steel Pulse: A Day At The Racecourse

Report by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, September 1983

A long, hot, emotional day it was too. Dublin's Phoenix Park throws open its gates to U2, Simple Minds, Eurythmics, Big Country and about 20,000 ...

The Clash, Van Halen: US Festival ’83: No More In ‘84

Report by John Mendelsohn, Record, Summer 1983

AFTER PUNK, audiences weren’t supposed to pay large amounts of money anymore for the privilege of watching superstars from the length of a football field ...

KACE's High: Funky Music In The Park

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1984

'And the winner is band number....Number...." ...

Bob Geldof: The Rat And The Band Aid "Saint"

Report and Interview by Mick Brown, Sunday Times, December 1984

BOB GELDOF has been transformed from fading Boomtown Rat to charity superstar behind Christmas’s biggest pop hit, helping Ethiopian famine victims. Mick Brown reports. ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Jesus And Mary Chain! A Riot

Report by Neil Taylor, New Musical Express, March 1985

Neil Taylor witnesses yet more violence at a Jesus And Mary Chain concert. ...

Asher Senator, The Cool Notes, Five Star, Pato Banton, Smiley Culture: The Cool Notes, Smiley Culture, Asher Senator, Pato Banton, Five Star: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by William Shaw, Smash Hits, May 1985

"All Dayers" have been going for years. They're marathon sessions of dancing to reggae and soul records with live appearances from the singers who made ...

Blackfoot, Deep Purple, The Mama's Boys, Meat Loaf, Mountain, The Scorpions, UFO: Deep Purple, The Scorpions, Meat Loaf et al: Knebworth Fayre, Knebworth, Hertfordshire

Live Review by Steffan Chirazi, Sounds, June 1985

THIS IS the second Dark Age. It's gotta be. Either that or it's a farmyard. Either that or it's a British festival. Oh oh, it's ...

Billy Bragg, Ian Dury, Echo & The Bunnymen, Green On Red, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Poison Girls, The Style Council: Echo & The Bunnymen, Ian Dury et al: Glastonbury CND Festival, Pilton, Somerset

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1985

"JESUS WEPT," from St Mark's Gospel is, I'm assured, the shortest verse in The Bible. That his Divinity did so over this event when 40,000 people decamped ...

Billy Bragg, The Faith Brothers, R.E.M., The Ramones, Spear Of Destiny, U2: R.E.M., U2, The Ramones etal: Milton Keynes Bowl, Buckinghamshire

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1985

THE LONGEST DAY ...

Midnight Oil, The Style Council, The Untouchables, Working Week: Working Week/The Untouchables/Midnight Oil/The Style Council: Glastonbury CND Festival, Somerset

Live Review by William Shaw, Smash Hits, July 1985

MUD: IT'S what you get if 40,000 people tramp around a small farm for 48 hours in almost constant rain. A lot of mud. By ...

Pictures That Rocked the World: Live Aid

Report by Steve Turner, Radio Times, July 1985

Fresh from co-writing the world’s fastest selling single, Bob Geldof is up to his eyes in organising the world’s biggest and most ambitious rock concert. ...

Live Aid, Saturday 13th July 1985: The Greatest Show On Earth

Report by Various Writers, Smash Hits, July 1985

LAST DECEMBER when Bob Geldof and Midge Ure assembled a choir of extremely famous pop stars to record a song in aid of starving Ethiopians, ...

Billy Bragg, Junior Giscombe, Spandau Ballet, The Style Council: Red Wedge

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, February 1986

"It's no good just complaining in your beer about things — you've got to come out and say it..." So says Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp. ...

The B.P.I. Awards

Report by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, February 1986

While you were watching the awards ceremony on TV the other week, a select few music biz "nobs" were there in person at a big ...

A Conspiracy of Hope: Amnesty International

Report by Charles Bermant, Globe and Mail, The, June 1986

A CONSPIRACY OF Hope, a package tour benefiting the human rights organization Amnesty International, kicked off at the Cow Palace Wednesday night with more than ...

Anthrax, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Ronnie James Dio, WASP: Bon Jovi/Dio/Metallica/Anthrax/Wasp: Monsters Of Rock, Castle Donington

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, August 1987

MATALLIC KO ...

Alice Cooper, Status Quo, The Stranglers: Alice Cooper, The Stranglers, Status Quo: Reading Festival

Live Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, September 1987

WELCOME TO my nightmare. "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! It's been five years but it's good to be back. . . Awwwwwwright! . . . We f—kin' ...

Acid Crackdown: Sunrise III, Greenwich

Report by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, November 1988

2003 note: Sunrise III, which took place in November 1988 on an industrial wasteland that would later house the Dome, was a pivotal event in ...

John Lennon: Dead Aid/Instant Bad Karma By The Mersey: The John Lennon Memorial Concert, Pier Head, Liverpool

Report by Michael Gray, Times, The, May 1990

IT HAS TAKEN the music industry five years to transform the rock-stars-for-charity mega-event from Bob Geldof's coherent effort to ameliorate a real tragedy to this ...

Cliff Richard, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant, Status Quo, Tears For Fears: Knebworth 90: The Billion Dollar Buskers

Live Review by Mat Snow, Q, August 1990

IN DAYS OF yore, the elders tell, the grassy slopes of Knebworth would resound to the pagan strains of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers and ...

By the Time I Got Back to Woodstock

Essay by Steve Turner, Independent, The, August 1990

TO SALLY GROSSMAN, the living room of her Bearsville home near Woodstock in New York State is nothing extraordinary. It has an old fireplace, some ...

Jane's Addiction: Jane’s Addiction and Lollapalooza: A Woodstock For The Lost Generation

Interview by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, August 1991

There’s no contest: this summer's biggest tour is the aptly titled Lollapalooza, a mobile rock festival featuring a bill of premier alternative bands – Siouxsie ...

Jane's Addiction: Lollapalooza

Report by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, August 1991

LOLLAPALOOZA means a bizarre happening. ...

Babes in Toyland, Chapterhouse, Dinosaur Jr, Iggy Pop, Nirvana, Pop Will Eat Itself, Sonic Youth: Reading '91: Reading, Writhing And Riffmatic

Live Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, September 1991

FRIDAY: IT WAS obvious, really – he had to say it. Who better than His Supreme Iggyness Of Pop, the Godfather of (s)punk rock, to ...

The Who: Woodstock

Review and Interview by Chris Salewicz, MOJO, July 1994

WOOSTOCK BEGAN ON A GOLF course. Three years before they were to be responsible for Governor John Rockefeller declaring the Woodstock Festival area "a state ...

Glastonbury: Three-Day Passout

Report by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, July 1994

Glasters — a total experience for mind and body… and awesome fun besides. JOHNNY CIGARETTES folds his tent and steals away to the outer extremities ...

A Tribe Called Quest, The Beastie Boys, The Breeders, George Clinton, L7, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Smashing Pumpkins: Various Artists: Lollapalooza '94, Sam Boyd Stadium University of Nevada Las Vegas July 1,1994

Live Review by Eric Weisbard, Spin, September 1994

THE DIFFERENCE between Lollapalooza 1994 and Lollapolooza Past is that this year Perry Farrell and colleagues decided the music being offered couldn't just be loud, ...

Woodstock '94: Dirty Weekend

Report by Andrew Mueller, Vox, October 1994

Only the pissing rain made Woodstock '94 faithful to the original. Mostly, it was a hyped-up, chaotic gathering of middle-class punters and middle-order bands. ...

The Deviants, John Lennon, John's Children, Pink Floyd, Yoko Ono: Eyewitness: The 14-Hour Technicolor Dream, April 29, 1967, Alexandra Palace, North London

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Q, June 1995

Pink Floyd, The Soft Machine, The Move... Some of Swinging London's swingiest played at the legendary International Times benefit at Alexandra Palace. Johnny Black rounds up a ...

Peace, Love, Music: Woodstock Revisited

Retrospective by Tom Graves, American History, February 1996

"IT'S A NEW dawn," Grace Slick, lead singer for the Jefferson Airplane, told a swelling crowd of 400,000 at Woodstock, the most famous music gathering ...

T. Rex: Eyewitness: The First Glastonbury Festival, September 19-20, 1970

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, July 1996

No Glastonbury this year! No matter! Let Q whisk you back to the first festival of Pop, Folk & Blues At Worthy Farm – a ...

Black Sabbath, Coal Chamber, Faith No More, Fear Factory, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, Slo-Burn, Type O Negative, Vision of Disorder: Ozz-Fest: California Screaming!

Report and Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, June 1997

The greatest show on earth has FEAR FACTORY, MANSON, TYPE O, MACHINE HEAD and COAL CHAMBER on one bill — and it's just destroyed America. This ...

Sarah McLachlan: Lilith Fair: If You Want To See a Show, Put On a Festival – Sarah McLachlan Takes the Girls on the Road

Interview by Carla DeSantis, Rockrgrl, July 1997

MOVE OVER, Lollapalooza. This year's summer traveling festival to watch is the Lilith Fair, the brain-child of Canadian artist Sarah McLachlan. ...

Echo & The Bunnymen, The Prodigy, Smashing Pumpkins: Glastonbury: Where Were You While We Were All Getting Dry?

Report by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, July 1997

So, you are back home again, tucked up in bed, bad dose of the snivels. Your shoes are f***ed, your bones a bit soggy. Well, ...

Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, The Who: Monterey International Pop Festival

Review by Max Bell, Uncut, March 1998

Four-CD box set of the 1967 Summer Of Love festival ...

The Guiness Fleadh

Report by Chris Smith, Performing Songwriter, March 1998

IF YOU HAD said to someone twenty years ago that Ireland was hot, they would have assumed you'd never been, because, truthfully, the place is ...

Glastonbury: Pop Feast Kicked Off By Football

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 1998

Caroline Sullivan sorts fab from drab ...

Glastonbury ‘98

Live Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, August 1998

AFTER THE quagmire of 1997 it surely couldn’t be Pop Passchendaele II could it? Oh yes it could. Unlike last year, when the Glasto monsoon ...

R.E.M., Radiohead: Tibetan Freedom Concert: People Have The Power

Report by Paul Lester, Uncut, August 1998

MONDAY, JUNE 15, THE CAPITOL BUILDINGIt is 10 days before Bill Clinton's historic first presidential visit to China since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. An ...

A Day in the Garden: Woodstock Revisited

Live Review by Richard Younger, Midtown Resident, Summer 1998

It took 29 years, but on Saturday, Aug. 15, I finally made it back for "A Day in the Garden". What attracted me to the ...

Eyewitness: March 1952 — The First Rock'n'Roll Concert

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, February 1999

10,000 people smashed down the doors to get in, none of the bands were paid and one man was stabbed in the arse. After the ...

Woodstock

Retrospective by David Dalton, Gadfly, August 1999

Woodstock. August 15, 16, 17, 1969. Three days of peace, love and music. For the past thirty years, it has been touted as a new ...

Newport Notes: How the Jazz and Folk Festivals made history

Retrospective and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, August 1999

"WELL, THIS IS real bullshit!" yelled Eddie Condon.  ...

Spirit of '69 Woodstock Alive At Falcon Ridge

Comment by Chris Smith, Billboard, August 1999

BLAME IT ON the heat. Blame it on poor security. Blame it on the cause/effect relationship between artist persona and audience behavior. Blame it on ...

Live Killers

Comment by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, September 1999

HERE'S A JOKE. Last night, I met an alien outside a pub in north London. We got chatting about hobbies and stuff, and he ended ...

The Rolling Stones: Altamont: An Eyewitness Account

Retrospective by David Dalton, Gadfly, November 1999

The Rosy Apocalypse ALTAMONT, 6th December, 1969. The name itself is fraught with menace – its flinty suggestive syllables (altar-mountain-tumult) reinforcing biblical overtones. ("The ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Experience Music Project Opens in Seattle (Part 1)

Report by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, June 2000

IT WASN'T YOUR typical ribbon cutting. Gazillionaire Paul Allen smashed a Stratocaster made of unflavored green rock candy, designed especially for the occasion by glass ...

Jimi Hendrix: Experience Music Project Opens in Seattle (Part 2)

Report by Charles Bermant, Rolling Stone Online, July 2000

SHORTLY BEFORE BO Diddley began his set at the Experience Music Project celebration, Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding approached him with greetings from a ...

Black Sabbath, Papa Roach, Slipknot, Tool: They Have Come For Your Parents: Ozzfest 2001, National Bowl, Milton Keynes, 26th May

Live Review by The Rev. Al Friston, Rock's Backpages, June 2001

My my, hey hey, hard rock will never die. OK, it doesn’t scan quite as well as ol’ Neil’s line, but you get my drift. ...

Life Support: Michael and Emily Eavis

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, June 2001

Michael Eavis, founder of the Glastonbury Festival – taking a rest this year – and his youngest daughter Emily. ...

The Big Chill Festival

Report by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, August 2001

IT'S A WARM Sunday afternoon, and I'm stretched out on the grass watching white clouds blow across blue sky, while Norman Jay plays some of ...

Nina Simone, Peter Green, Van Morrison: Bishopstock 2001: Nina Simone and Van Morrison

Live Review by The Rev. Al Friston, Rock's Backpages, September 2001

Two cantankerous legends hold court in the Devon sunshine ONE FESTIVAL, THREE DAYS, four major cancellations... and two obstreperous veterans doing their thang on Bank ...

Bob Dylan, George Harrison: George Harrison et al: Concert for Bangla Desh

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, March 2002

The first hi-profile multi-star benefit concert of the post-psychedelic era. Harrison, Dylan and Shankar strut their stuff alongside Clapton, Ringo and Leon Russell. ...

Glastonbury

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 2002

"IF YOU LOOK right through the centre of the Pyramid stage," says Michael Eavis, waving at the steel framework that squats surreally in the middle ...

The Meeting of the ‘Twain: Monterey Pop and the Great California Divide

Special Feature by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 2002

"TRAVELING UP the Coast from the ruins of the Sunset Strip to the Haight is a Dante-esque ascent," New Yorker Richard Goldstein could write of ...

Isaac Hayes: A Black Woodstock: Wattstax

Retrospective and Interview by James Maycock, Guardian, The, July 2002

Intro: This is about 1000 words longer than the version published by The Guardian. There’s much more on the concert, more quotations and more on ...

Jefferson Airplane: The End Of The Beginning: Jefferson Airplane at Altamont

Book Excerpt by Jeff Tamarkin, Helter Skelter Books, Summer 2003

THE VIOLENCE AT Altamont had begun before the Airplane even arrived, when a number of Hell’s Angels, who had been amassing near the stage, wantonly ...

Windsor 1974: The Forgotten Festival – I Was There

Memoir by Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph, June 2004

A world away from today's money-spinning Glastonbury, the Windsor Free Festival of 1974 was illegal, drug-happy and absurdly idealistic, recalls Mark Hudson ...

Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers: Wattstax

Retrospective by Richie Unterberger, MOJO, July 2004

THE BIGGEST soul concert ever was about to end in a riot. ...

The Band, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin: Choo Choo Ch’Boogie: Festival Express 1970

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, September 2004

IT WAS THE Lollapalooza of its day – a week-long, three-date circus of a rock and roll tour featuring The Band, Buddy Guy, Janis Joplin, ...

Bob Geldof: Live Aid: The View From The Pitch

Memoir by Pete Paphides, Observer, The, October 2004

Nothing was going to stop a schoolboy fan of the Boomtown Rats making it to Wembley on that fateful day. Peter Paphides recalls every high ...

Live8: Just Another Gig – With Added Feelgood Factor

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 2005

NEARLY EVERY A-lister worth the name is doing their bit, making Live8 the first truly all-star charity show since Live Aid. Madonna! U2! Coldplay! You ...

Terrastock Festival: Providence, Rhode Island

Report and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, March 2006

THE SIXTH Terrastock Festival--that bastion of psychedelia, nu-folk and experimental music that grew out of Britain's revered Ptolemaic Terrascope magazine--will take place April 21-23 in ...

The Beastie Boys, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave: Utah Saints: Sundance Music Festival

Interview by Steven R Rosen, Harp, May 2006

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The Human Be-In

Retrospective by Joel Selvin, MOJO, Summer 2007

ALL THROUGH the previous year, word filtered out of San Francisco about remarkable happenings and a strange new community of youths gathering around the city's ...

Amy Winehouse, My Bloody Valentine: Bestival, Isle of Wight ***

Report by Rick Pearson, Evening Standard, The, September 2008

Still bloody loud and clear at Bestival ...

Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music

Film/DVD/TV Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2009

4-DVD, 2-Blue-Ray set comprising the original 1970 documentary of the ultimate rock festival, with two hours of new footage plus a new 50-minute documentary about ...

Various Artists: Woodstock 40 (Rhino)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer Music Monthly, July 2009

WE ARE ALL so inured these days to the business of rock festivals – sponsored, multi-generational, beamed into our living rooms – that it's difficult ...

Led Zeppelin: I Was There: Nostalgic Recollections From Led Zeppelin's 1979 Shows at Knebworth

Book Excerpt by Dave Lewis, Then As It Was (Tight But Loose Publishing), August 2009

FOR THE THOUSANDS of fans who converged on Hertfordshire over the first two weekends of August 1979, Led Zeppelin at Knebworth was more than a ...

Arctic Monkeys, Glasvegas, Ian Brown, Radiohead, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Radiohead, Ian Brown, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs et al: Reading Festival, Berkshire ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2009

Radiohead's modern jazz wrong-foots the crowd ...

Country Joe & The Fish, Crosby Stills and Nash, Jimi Hendrix, The Who: Woodstock: Back To The Garden

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, Record Collector, September 2009

40 years on, Woodstock's epochal celebration of music, peace and unleashed hedonism is being marked with an unprecedented deluge of audio and visual releases. KRIS ...

BRIT Awards

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Music Week, March 2010

THE BRIT Awards, about to celebrate its 30th anniversary, has become a cherished national institution, a must-see annual celebration of the most successful, enduring and ...

Guns N' Roses: Reading Festival, Berkshire

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2010

Axl flounders as Reading made to wait for its rock fix ...

Hip-Hop and Festivals: An Awkward Relationship

Comment by Ben Myers, Guardian, The, June 2011

When they get it right, rappers can rival stadium rock acts. But a mere gust of wind can expose how few MCs can hack festivals ...

George Harrison, Ravi Shankar: With a Little Help from His Friends: George Harrison and the Concert for Bangla Desh

Retrospective by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, July 2011

STEVE VAN ZANDT, May 2011, Lillehammer, Norway: "The anti-apartheid Sun City project (single, album, video, documentary, book, teaching guide) was a high point and a ...

Chic, Friendly Fires, Grace Jones, Kelis, Lana Del Rey: Kelis, Grace Jones, Lana Del Rey, Chic, Friendly Fires et al: Lovebox Festival, Victoria Park, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, June 2012

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Duran Duran, Paolo Nutini, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics: Duran Duran, Stereophonics, Paolo Nutini, Snow Patrol: Olympic Concert, Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, July 2012

Snow Patrol, Simon Le Bon and Ricky Gervais's beard strike a chord ...

Fairport Convention: Fairport's Cropredy Convention

Live Review by Mike Atherton, Record Collector, November 2012

IN MIDDLE ENGLAND, an Oxfordshire field came back to life to celebrate the 45th anniversary of folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention, whose acoustic set launched this ...

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