Following on from the gig thread I started, what about memories of the festivals we've been to.
Stand out ones for me were the WEELEY festival just outside of Clacton in 1971 I think. 72 hours of non-stop music was the plan if my memory serves me right and it was organised by the local Womens Institute as a fund-raiser and expecting a couple of thousand people to turn up.
How wrong they were.
My memories - WALLY has anyone seen WALLY
Hells Angels & Security Guards fighting outside the arena and the Angels getting their bikes trashed.
Camping Gaz bottles screaming through the air as Straw Bale 'tents' were set alight by those in them.
Going to sleep on night one as Edgar Broughton Band played Out Demons Out. Waking up and hearing Out Demons Out, going to sleep again and then waking up again to the sound of Out Demons Out. Were Edgar Broughton Band on all night?
Marc Bolan being booed as he walked on stage and cheered as he left.
Rod Stewart being cheered as he walked on stage and booed as he left.
The Toilets - A trench dug in the ground with a tree stump suspended above the trench to sit on and some poor b****r falling in.
Then there was BICKERSHAW with the Grateful Dead headlining.
My outstanding memory of that one was watching Brinsley Schwarz on the Sunday morning standing almost knee deep in mud and there was probably only a few hundred of us in the arena at that time.
And finally CROPREDY. Been to a few of these and what a well organised and pleasant place to go.
Outstanding memories of these were the 25th anniversary one with Robert Plant up on stage with the Fairports who did a 4 hour set. And Richard Thompson' s set on the Friday night.
And finally the huge variety of food and drink and general facilities available in contrast to those at the earlier festivals