But what happened at the Birdcage?
On this very day, 50 years ago, all the adverts, lists and diaries suggest that the In Crowd played. They were one of the most regular Birdcage bands, playing soul and R&B and at various points including guitarist Steve Howe, singer Keith West and drummer ‘Twink’.
But in first few months of 1967 they transformed themselves into the band Tomorrow one of the earliest UK psychedelic bands, They were the first band to record a live session for John Peel’s Radio One show “Top Gear”.
The thing is that also on this night in 1967, Alexandra Palace held one of the first great UK Hippie events, the 14-Hour Technicolour Dream – a fund-raiser for International Times (IT). The Beatles turned up and might have seen, among others, Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, Alex Harvey Band, Crazy World of Arthur Brown, the Move, the Social Deviants, Denny Laine, the Purple Gang, Graham Bond and on-and-on – including Tomorrow.
So, did the In Crowd come to Eastney? And if they did, did they then change into hippy gear and drive up the A3 to appear later that night (morning?) under a different name at Ally Pally? Perhaps we have another mystery, like the Cream at Kimbells and Bo Diddley? The website Marmalade Skies suggests that night was the first gig that Family played at the Birdcage, although I suspect they did not come to Eastney until the days of the Brave New World.
Incidentally the Sunday Mirror described the Technicolour Dream as resembling “the last struggle of a doomed tribe trying to save itself from extinction”.