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The Midwest Rock Festival 1969

The Midwest Rock Festival 1969

Authored By Dawn Rossiter
The Midwest Rock Festival was staged at the racetrack at State Fair Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 25-27, 1969 with a total attendance of about 45,000. It costs $15.000 for the 3 days. The show had a flatbed trailer as a stage, set on the field in front of the racetrack grandstand. It looks wonderfull amateurish. [...]
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Laurel Pop Festival 1969

Laurel Pop Festival 1969

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Laurel Pop Festival 1969 The summer of 69 was dominated in festival history by Woodstock. It casts a long shadow and virtually defines that period of time in rock history. However, while Woodstock became a global event of cultural importance, lots of other festivals happened in USA that summer which, while never registering on the [...]
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Aquarian Family Festival 1969

Aquarian Family Festival 1969

Authored By Jim Witts
The Aquarian Family Festival was a free three-day music festival, which was held in San Jose, California on May 23, 24, and 25, 1969. This was pretty much at the epicentre of the counter-culture movement at the time, so it was inevitable a big crowd would show up. It was an almost spontaneous protest against [...]
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Palm Springs Pop Festival 1969

Palm Springs Pop Festival 1969

Authored By Johnny Blogger
These days Coachella is a big deal, but for 10 years after this 1969 festival, there were no permits issued for anyone wanting to hold out door music events in the Palm Springs area because of the trouble it caused. Back then, the SoCal desert town was small place of some 20,000 people. The Palm [...]
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The Human Be In San Francisco 1967

The Human Be In San Francisco 1967

Authored By Johnny Blogger
San Francisco 1967 - Festivals had been held for many years in the jazz world but the rock festival as we would come to know it had its seeds in the Trips Festivals put on by Fillmore impresario Bill Graham in January 1966 at the Longshoreman's Hall in San Francisco. The house band for these [...]
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Donington Monsters Of Rock 1980

Donington Monsters Of Rock 1980

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Donington Monsters Of Rock 1980 - A motor-racing track in Leicestershire might not be the most inspiring venue in the world, but it played host to anyone who is anyone in hard rock and metal for a decade and a half. It is, of course, Castle Donington Raceway and the event is the Monsters Of [...]
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The Fantasy Fair And Magic Mountain Festival 1967

The Fantasy Fair And Magic Mountain Festival 1967

Authored By Johnny Blogger
This was a momentous moment in the history of rock music. Held at the Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, on the south side of Mount Tamalpais, Marin County, California on June 10 and June 11 1967, it wasthe first authentic rock festival, held six months after the Human Be-In in Golden Gate Park. In historical [...]
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Glastonbury Festival 1971

Glastonbury Festival 1971

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Glastonbury Festival 1971 - When Noel Gallagher called the decision to book Jay-Z for Glasto "wrong" he was right, but for the wrong reasons, if you see what we mean. Noel reckoned the festival should be about guitar bands, not hip-hop, which is a point of view - albeit one contrary to the eclectic origins [...]
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Knebworth Festival 1985

Knebworth Festival 1985

Authored By Johnny Blogger
1985. Deep Purple are back - and so is rock at Knebworth. 1980 had seen Santana and the Beach Boys play at the Hertfordshire pile, then came two years of jazz / blues - including Ella, BB and Dizzy - before a couple of years of the Christian Greenbelt Festival including, erm, Cliff Richard. Fortunately, [...]
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The Denver Pop Festival 1969

The Denver Pop Festival 1969

Authored By Dawn Rossiter
The Denver Pop Festival 1969 This festival went down in history as one of the most violent of the era with cops and long-hairs fighting pitched battles. It seems that the violence was partly the result of radical activists. The American Liberation Front, a collective of young Socialist, radical clergy, students for a democratic society [...]
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Knebworth Festival 1976

Knebworth Festival 1976

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Rolling Stones were booked to play at Knebworth and entered right into the spirit of the 'Knebworth Fair' vibe. Earlier in the summer of 1976, they hired two brave souls to dress up in Harlequin outfits - the symbol of the event - and run onto centre court at Wimbledon on finals day with [...]
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WATKINS GLEN 1973

WATKINS GLEN 1973

Authored By Johnny Blogger
This was, by any standards, a massive festival. For a while it held the world record for the 'largest audience at a pop festival', though who at the Guiness Book Of Records decided that the Allman Brothers, The Band and the Grateful Dead were pop music had clearly had never heard them. 600,000 turned up [...]
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CALIFORNIA JAM II 1978

CALIFORNIA JAM II 1978

Authored By Johnny Blogger
In 1974, the first California Jam attracted a quarter of a million people and was broadcast on network TV. You still see a lot of footage from that gig - especially of Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. Less well-known is the Cal II in 1978. It was also filmed and broadcast on ABC. Like its [...]
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Atlanta Pop Festival 1970

Atlanta Pop Festival 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
2015 is the 45th anniversary of 1970's legendary Atlanta Pop Festival. The 1969 festival held at Atlanta Speedway track had been a huge success but this time 200,000 people flocked to Middle Georgia Raceway, Byron, Georgia for a huge line-up of top rock bands. Why was it called a pop festival? There was nothing pop [...]
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Newport Jazz Festival July 1969

Newport Jazz Festival July 1969

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Newport Jazz Festival July 1969 - The long running jazz fest opened its doors to hip n groovy rock acts in 1969. It became an experiment in fusing jazz, soul and rock music. Its lineup included, besides jazz, Friday evening appearances by rock groups Jeff Beck, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Ten Years After and Jethro [...]
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Atlantic City Pop Festival 1969

Atlantic City Pop Festival 1969

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Held from 1st to 3rd August 1969 in Atlantic City. 110,000 people turned up to the Atlantic City racetrack to see a fine line-up of bands. It was the first rock fest in the New York/New Jersey/Philly area. The first day featured Joni, Aum (anyone remember Aum?), the Chambers Brothers, Iron Butterfly, Dr John, Mother [...]
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Isle Of Wight Festival 1970

Isle Of Wight Festival 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
600,000 people on an island with a population of just 100,000. Political protesters taking the stage. Jimi, Jim, Joan, Joni and even Mungo Jerry (almost). The last weekend of August in 1970. It was, of course, the Isle of Wight Festival. It would be the third year in a row that the organisers, Fiery Creations, [...]
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The Fantasy Fair And Magic Mountain Festival  June 10 and June 11 1967

The Fantasy Fair And Magic Mountain Festival June 10 and June 11 1967

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Magic Mountain Festival - Mount Tamalpais, Marin Count, California. This is the first authentic rock festival, and was held six months after the Be-In. In historical terms it's overshadowed by the Monterey Pop Festival which happened a week afterwards but it was nonetheless an historic event held on top of Mount Tamalpais just over the [...]
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Lost Great Records: Badger: One Live Badger  1973

Lost Great Records: Badger: One Live Badger 1973

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Badger looked to have all the credentials to be a big progressive rock band. They had an ex-member of Yes in Tony Kaye; a gatefold album by album art maestro Roger Dean for their debut (naturally, it came with a pop-up badger); profound song titles such as 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'Wind Of Change' and [...]
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Atlanta Pop Festival 1969

Atlanta Pop Festival 1969

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Atlanta Pop Festival was held on the 4th and 5th of July 1969 and pulled in 140,000 people to the Atlanta International Speedway in Georgia. Despite riots at recent festivals in Denver and Northridge, California the local authorities gave the event their blessing. Local newspaper The Atlanta Journal ran an editorial praising the variety [...]
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