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I have been to 13 Glastonbury Festivals over the years starting
in 1981. My mate went to the one previously in 1979 & has kindly
sent me scans of the programme - some performers included
Peter Gabriel, Steve Hillage, Mother Gong, Tim Blake, John Martyn, Tom Robinson, UK Subs, Sphynx, Sky, Nona Hendryx, Alex Harvey, Leighton Buzzards, The Pop Group/The Slits and The Only Ones. There was no Pyramid Stage at this point!
This was my first Glastonbury experience and still one of my fondest. I got a lift down on the back of a mate's moped, which took all day to get there from Milton Keynes, especially as it broke down twice. I had been to festivals before most notably Reading '79 but this was by far my most eye-opening experience.
Around 16,000 folks, mostly bloody hippies, ticket was £8 (I think) the programme was only 20p. In brief, the sun shone and the vibes were good, some highlights for me were seeing Barney from New Order falling over totally pissed as they came on stage and Ginger Baker & Roy Harper fighting and arguing over who should be on the stage next, happy memories.
In 1982 there was not even a proper programme, only the local listings magazine with a few pages dedicated to who was on at the back with Fridays headliner unknown, I still can't remember who it was. Van was big then of course but was dropped into the middle of the afternoon. Judie Tzuke was on again like the year before and like 1981 they still couldn't spell her name right.
U2 were on the poster and were supposed to play, but thankfully never turned up.
Hawkwind's lead singer goes walkabout
I could even see the main stage from the car
- This is awesome!!!oey_oey
- thank you! more tomorrowGardener
- Nice, G. Julian Temple's film is on TV tonight.Fax_Benson
- Darth Vader stageKrassy
- looked at the poster...
you had me at "marillion"
:) fucking LOVED that band back in the day...exador1
- 'clutching at straws' is such a fantastic album...exador1
- I remember Neil's song Hole in My Shoe and went to look it up and I had no idea it was originally a Traffic song.fooler
This is superb Gardener, thanks!