Keith asks below about the Weeley Festival (Essex), observing he’s never read about it here. I’ll confess I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it before – or if I did, I’d forgotten! However, there is a site:
Apparently (unlike Altamont) when the Hell’s Angels misbehaved the stall holders took them on! The bill was very British – the Faces, Rory Gallagher, Arthur Brown, Edgar Broughton, Mungo Jerry but I spotted a couple of local ‘connections’ – other then Rod Stewart who it seems has forgotten all about his days in Pompey.
In recent years links have grown between Country Joe & the Fish and Pompey and one of the Weeley bands, Formerly Fat Harry included the Fish bass player Bruce Barthol who played the RMA a couple of months ago. Then there was Principal Edwards Magic Theatre one of whom, Jerry, was the College of Tech student who with ‘Guff’ put on the Dance of Words (Guildhall) in 1968, and there was also the Third Ear Band – i had a teaching colleague at the University, Dylan Pank, whose mum was in the Third Ear Band. The bill mentioned Jerry Lockran but that must be acoustic blues player Gerry Lockran who appeared regularly at the Railway Folk Club in the 1960s.
I reckon that’s a bunch of pretty impressively obscure local links huh? If that’s not enough I once promoted Hackensack in my days at Milton’s College of Knowledge