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Us Festival 1983

Us Festival 1983

Authored By Johnny Blogger
You'd have thought, after losing upwards of $5million the previous year, Steve Wosniak would have had enough being a festival promoter but far from it. Indeed, his thirst to lose even more money was apparently unquenchable. This Us Festival 83 was born. It was to be a similar format to the previous one, with a [...]
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Miami Pop Festival May 1968

Miami Pop Festival May 1968

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The first rock festival held in Miamiwas a small scale event which was marred by bad weather. An estimated 25,000 people attended. It was promoted by Richard O'Barry and Michael Lang, later famous as the hip, curly-haired, motorbike and horse riding promoter of Woodstock. Bands featured at the festival included The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The [...]
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US Festival 1982

US Festival 1982

Authored By Johnny Blogger
In 1982, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak hatched an ambitious and very expensive musical plan and committed a sizeable chunk of his sizeable fortune to a musical event, billed as the biggest thing since Woodstock, Wozniak staged a three-day concert in the mountains of San Bernardino County, in Southern California, that featured some of the day's [...]
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Altamont Free Festival

Altamont Free Festival

Authored By John Nicholson
Whether the events at Altamont marked the death of the hippy dream, as is often claimed, is open to debate, but coming in December 1969, at literally the end of the 60s, the symbolism is irresistible, especially happening four months after the high of Woodstock. But really, it was all far less prosaic than that. [...]
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The Great Western Festival - Lincoln 1972

The Great Western Festival - Lincoln 1972

Authored By Johnny Blogger
In January 1972, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Underwood, a 33 year old colonel, going on 103, formerly of the Queen's own Cameron Highlanders and owner of a 47 and a half acre estate in the Kent village of Bishopsbourne announced it was to be the site for the Great Western Festival, to take place over the [...]
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Texas International Pop Festival 1969

Texas International Pop Festival 1969

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Texas International Pop Festival was held at Lewisville, Texas, on Labour Day weekend, August 30 to September 1, 1969, just a couple of weeks after Woodstock. The site for the event was an open field just south and west of the newly opened Dallas International Motor Speedway. It's a festival that has gone down [...]
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Isle of Wight Festival 1968

Isle of Wight Festival 1968

Authored By Johnny Blogger
There were three Isle of Wight festivals before it was revived in recent years. 1969 was famous for Bob Dylan's appearance, and 1970 for Jimi Hendrix but the first one in 1968 is largely forgotten. It was on a far smaller scale, with only around 15,000 at most, in attendance. Held on 31 August and [...]
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The People's Fair - Wisconsin 1970

The People's Fair - Wisconsin 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Rumours of a festival to be held somewhere in central Wisconsin circulated for weeks before the official announcement on June 17, 1970. Earth Enterprises (hippy company name alert!) and Concert Promoters International purchased a plot of land that straddled the Portage/Waupaca County line near Iola, about 80 miles west of Green Bay and 140 miles [...]
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Sound Storm - Wisconsin's Woodstock

Sound Storm - Wisconsin's Woodstock

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Sound Storm was Wisconsin's first outdoor rock festival. It was held April 24-26, 1970, on the hillside farm of Irene York, outside the village of Poynette in Columbia County. That sounds a long way from anywhere and quite close to nowhere. The dude - and there's always a dude - behind Sound Storm was Pete [...]
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Wadena Festival 1970 - Iowa's Woodstock

Wadena Festival 1970 - Iowa's Woodstock

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Wadena Festival 1970. They called it Iowa's Woodstock. Of course they did. Every state seemed to call its 1970 festival its Woodstock. It wasn't. This festival was initially supposed to be held in Galena, Illinois, but an injunction against Sound Storm Enterprises Inc of Chicago, sponsor of the festival, put a stop to that. The [...]
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Isle of Wight and Atlanta Pop Festival - Triple Live Album

Isle of Wight and Atlanta Pop Festival - Triple Live Album

Authored By Johnny Blogger
This is a great triple live album. released in 1971 it serves as a great sampler for the bands of that era which regularly played on the festival circuit. With4 sides recorded at Isle of Wight and2 at Atlanta, the breadth of music from folk to crushing heavy rock, is amazing. At the time it [...]
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Monterey Pop Festival

Monterey Pop Festival

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Monterey International Pop Music Festival was a three-day concert event held June 16 to June 18, 1967 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. Crowd estimates for the festival ranged from 50,000-90,000 people, who congregated in and around the festival grounds. The fairgrounds' performance arena, where the music took place, normally had a [...]
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Woodstock - A Dream Goes On Forever

Authored By Johnny Blogger
CHAPTER ONE If you've seen the Woodstock movie, you'll have seen Michael Lang, one of the guys who helped put Woodstock on. A forever hipster riding a horse or a motorbike, with wild hair and one of those beatific smiles that suggest he's permanently stoned. In 1969 he seemed like a new type of business [...]
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Palm Beach Pop Festival 1969

Palm Beach Pop Festival 1969

The event was both the first and the last held in Palm Beach. It drew 40,000 people to the 149-acre Palm Beach International Speedway. As was typical, local officials worried about health, sanitation and traffic, and were mortified by images of drugs and sex they'd seen three months earlier at Woodstock. Local opposition was immediate [...]
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Phun City, Ecclesden Common 1970

Phun City, Ecclesden Common 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Phun City was a rock festival held at Ecclesden Common near Worthing, England from July 24 to July 26, 1970. Excluding the one-day free concerts in London's Hyde Park, Phun City became the first large-scale free festival in the UK. An early advert for the festival was typically alternative and typically sexist. Phun City is [...]
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Big Rock Pow-Wow '69

Big Rock Pow-Wow '69

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Big Rock Pow-Wow '69 took place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 23, 24, and 25, 1969, at the Hollywood Seminole Indian Reservation in West Hollywood, Florida. Other artists who performed at the festival included Grateful Dead, Johnny Winter, Sweetwater, Joe South, Aum, NRBQ, Rhinoceros, Muddy Waters, and the Youngbloods. A band called Sun Countryplayed [...]
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Man-Pop Festival - Winnipeg 1970

Man-Pop Festival - Winnipeg 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
On August 29, Man-Pop Festival - Winnipeg 1970, one of Winnipeg's first outdoor rock festivals, took place at the Winnipeg Stadium. ManPop was part of the youth festivities for the Manitoba Centennial celebrations. Concerts had been held across province all summer long and Man-Pop was the grand finale. The Centennial Corporation budgeted $230,000 for the [...]
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Kickapoo Creek Music Festival, Heyworth, Illinois 1970

Kickapoo Creek Music Festival, Heyworth, Illinois 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
This was Illinois's hilariously named version of Woodstock. It angered The Man, it frightened the local townsfolk and it had the local clergy declare it an embodiment of evil. Sounds cool, right? The bands who played included BB King, Canned Heat, Country Joe and the Fish, Delaney and Bonnie, Butterfield Blues Band, Rick Nielsen and [...]
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Vancouver Pop Festival 1969

Vancouver Pop Festival 1969

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Vancouver Pop Festival 1969 was a rain-drenched festival held across three days at the Paradise Valley Resort in Squamish, British Columbia, a 90 minute drive north of Vancouver. Held a week after Woodstock, this was one of those gatherings which began to hammer the nails into the coffin of the counterculture dream. It was [...]
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Los Angeles Pop Festival 1968

Los Angeles Pop Festival 1968

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Los Angeles Pop Festival was held at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in California. The dates of the festival were December 22 and 23, 1968. It was also called a Christmas Happening. Despite extensive research I can't find out much about this gig. It was one of the earliest to be held in a [...]
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