New York Pop Festival T-Shirt


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We have introduced a handling fee of £5 for returns, which will be deducted from your refund. All our shirts are printed to order, so it means we have a lot of wasted stock when we make a size exchange, or if someone orders two sizes in order to return one.
So please choose your correct size.

EU Customers please note: EU-based customers might have to pay local rate VAT on their order before delivery.
Please do not order unless you are prepared to pay the VAT

This is one of the posters used to advertise what became an infamous gig.

In July 1970 on New York's Randall's Island, an event billed as "New York's Pop Festival" was held. It was nothing to do with 'pop' music, of course. This was to be different to a 'normal' festival. For a start it was to be held in Downing Stadium and there'd be no camping. It was billed as a series of concerts rather than a 'traditional' festival.

However, three weeks before the shows, groups representing the Black Panthers, yippies and Free Rangers - styling themselves as the RYP/OFF Collective - presented the promoters with a list of frankly bonkers demands. They wanted 10 hand-picked community bands to play at $5,000 per group plus expenses. 10,000 free tickets for them to hand out, bail funds for anyone arrested at the festival, and a portion of the profits from any film of the gigs.

In return for compliance the RYP/Off Collective would promote the festival in their communities and would provide 'troops to act as security and PR men' ! Yeah, good luck with that buddy. If the promoters didn't agree, there would be violence and they would call it a 'free peoples event' and no one would buy tickets.

The promoters, doubtless feeling a bit sick, said they'd negotiate. This in turn got the local Young Lords - who were to the Puerto Rican community (who were predominant in the Randall's Island area) what the Black Panthers were to the black community - a bit cross to say the least.

Now they also wanted a piece of the action. The RYP/Off people agreed and some of their demands were agreed to by promoters. But it was all getting totally out of hand. The politics was killing the spirit of the festival. Everyone wanted a slice of the pie, the plate the pie was on, the table the plate sat on and for good measure, the house that the table was in. No-one was going to win.

By the time people arrived for the Friday show, 8,000 out of the 25,000 did not pay as so-called security looked the other way. Hendrix, Grand Funk Railroad, John Sebastian, Steppenwolf and Jethro Tull all played on Friday - a really strong line-up. There are recordings of Hendrix's set out there. There's even amateur footage of a sizzling version of "Ezy Rider" and "Foxy Lady".

By Saturday, the bands began realising they'd probably not be getting paid since there was so much gate-crashing, so managers wanted paying up front before bands took the stage. This wasn't so unusal actually. Big bags of cash were a regular thing backstage at this time. 

Ravi Shankar refused to go on, and y'know, Ravi was a peaceful dude, so he must've been a tad vexed. Delaney & Bonnie, Miles Davis, Richie Havens and Tony Williams' Lifetime didn't even bother turning up figuring they'd not get any bread.

Gate-crashing continued with the collective asking people to give them money and get in 'free'. Huh? It was all one big hustle. By Sunday the promoters gave up and called in a free festival, but it had been free since the start in reality. 30,000 had busted in without paying.

Ten Years After and Cactus played without being paid, as did the New York Rock N Roll Ensemble. Dr John, Mountain and Little Richard followed suit but most bands just didn't turn up at all, much to the punters' disgust. A reporter asked promoter Don Friedman what he thought about it all.

"The festival spirit is dead, and it happened quickly," he said. "I don't know the reasons why. Greed on everyone's part, I guess. The love-peace thing of Woodstock is out. Anarchy. Complete and total anarchy. That's what's replaced it."

It's a sad and quietly profound statement. It was a financial disaster; no money was paid to the collective; the bail fund collapsed; most performers were not paid. A move called The Day The Music Died did come out in 1977 and featured some of the performances, as well as highlighting all the problems.

The conflicting demands of all the different groups, the bands, the fans and everybody else just reflected the wider disparities between a disintegrating counter-culture movement in 1970 and a burgeoning rock n roll industry.

But above it all there, was some blisteringly good music played and at the end of the day, the music is really what matters. Then and now. The three day festival had two more years in it, largely due to festivals like this one. It became such a headache and so many people got so uptight about it that it wasn't worth the hassle for promoters. The goose that had been laying the golden eggs was getting fattened for the table.


New York Pop Festival T-Shirt DJTees Originals
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Small 34-36 27 86-92 68
Medium 38-40 28 96-102 71
Large 42-44 29 106-112 73
XL 44-48 31 112-122 78
2XL 50-52 32 127-132 81
3XL 54-56 33 137-142 83
4XL 58-60 34 147-152 86
5XL 62-64 35 157-162 89

Returns & Exchanges

If you need to change size or colour or design, or just fancy a refund, it’s all cool. I can sort all of this out for you. 

But, as of 8th Jan 2024 we have had to introduce a handling fee of £5 for returns, which will be deducted from your refund.
All our shirts are printed to order, so it means we have a lot of wasted stock when we make a size exchange, or if someone orders two sizes in order to return one.
Please note, you will also need to pay your own return shipping. 

So before ordering - please measure your size and choose correctly -  see size chart 

When returning an item it must arrive with us in it’s original condition. Wearing it down the pub on a Friday night out, getting it covered in Guinness and setting light to it via a badly rolled reefer, then returning it on Monday, is understandable, but not allowed by the karma pixies who govern our lives. And we don't want to upset the karma pixies now, do we? 

If your item is in any way faulty then please contact me immediately, send a photo of the issue and I will get a replacement organised. For clarity, the concept of faulty does not include stains from a lamb dhansak you have spilled down yourself after consuming 8 pints of lager.  For faulty items there will be no return fee.

Before making a return, please email me with your order number, and what you want to happen - a refund, or a different size/colour/design. I can then make it happen because I am all powerful, can change my clothes in a phone box and can fire spider webs from places I didn't know I even had. Possibly.

You will always be dealing with me, Johnny, because DJTees is so small and niche that I do all admin. Don't worry, I don't bite, or at least not unless you are a sausage. I do bite sausages.

If you'd love a t-shirt but are totally skint, drop me a line and I'll see what I can do. 


We print everything to order and don't hold any stock of anything. That would be mad. Almost all orders are printed within 2 or 3 working days (this doesn't include weekends and public holidays), occasionally as long as 4 days if we have run out of a size or colour t-shirt and stock is delayed in arriving.  

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 EU CUSTOMERS PLEASE NOTE: EU-based customers might have to pay local rate VAT on their order before delivery.

Please do not order unless you are prepared to pay the VAT


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