Thank you for the comments on the previous posts – here’s something new:
I’ve initiated some discussions about Victorious on the Facebook site; despite my disappointment at being turned down twice this year, and understanding the views about doing unpaid gigs I happen to like it. I generally enjoy the atmosphere of Festivals (off to Wickham this weekend)
But it occurred to me that in all the Pompey Pop work there’s been no systematic record of the outdoor seafront events over the years. I think it would make a good story, so without doing any research, a few thoughts off the top of my head.
I’ve always claimed to have been very involved in the organisation and performance of the first rock/pop live event on the Common – September 1969, a free gig (see poster) with a bit of a counter-cultural spirit that was reported in International Times, and (London) Rolling Stone.
I reckon though that was perhaps it until the Heineken Festivals in the (?) mid/late 1980s. I have only two clear memories, seeing the Pogues and seeing John Martyn who later that evening re-appeared on stage during Ron Kavanagh’s set completely pissed. He had to be ‘removed’.
Then there was the big one-off Blues Festival, maybe 1993. The last day was badly affected by a storm and got moved into the Pyramids which could not take all the ticket holders. The council reacted poorly to that event. (There were also some live events in the Guildhall Square, maybe early 1990s?)
That takes us to the Bandstand; when did that start? I reckon I played there around 1997 (Reet Petite & Gone) and again with Country Joe McDonald in 2001. Then finally (?) there’s Victorious. When did that move to the Common – four years ago? Is there a list of all the acts? This might be a big project but I’d love to get a definitive history – maybe add it to the Guildhall PME exhibition?
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