UK Free Festivals of the 1970s and after January 4, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture.
Here’s an interesting site that looks at a very particular cultural strand, that of the Free Festivals. As it notes, there were however crossovers with much more contemporary events.
When most people think of Festivals they think of the big ones, Bath, IOW , Knebworth , Glastonbury, Donington . The festivals that have gone down in rock history as being THE significant events of the age . But, throughout the 70s and 80s – and almost unnoticed by the rock mainstream press and punters, there maintained the fragile stream of free festivals. Organised by die-hards determined to keep some of the spirit of the counterculture alive ,( the organisers often facing harassment from authorities , even imprisonment) -these (mostly ) small scale events persisted throughout the decade. They were later to mutate into the raves and travellers gatherings that took place during the latter part of the century and which persist today.
Thanks to Joe Mooney for sending on the link.