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August 4th 1979.

Led Zeppelin, Todd Rundgren's Utopia, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes,The New Commander Cody Band, Fairport Convention ,Chas and Dave.

August 8th 1979.

Led Zeppelin, New Barbarians, Todd Rundgren's Utopia , Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes,The New Commander Cody Band,Chas and Dave.



Civil Aid Report September 1979.

(iii) Loo Servicing Staff - We have made this the subject of a separate, more detailed report. It is sufficient to say that the volunteer teams do not want to repeat the performance. It is, on this scale, a job for highly paid labour receiving supplements for dirty work, danger, and 'unsociable conditions and hours'.
We will only mention here that the provision of toilet rolls tied on to each cubicle, is a great Improvement on previous years when no toilet rolls were supplied.
After the first concert two members of the "Loo Teams" were physically ill as a result and on the Saturday evening of the second weekend, one Civil Aider had to be taken by ambulance to Stevenage Hospital for treatment of an eye splashed with concentrated disinfectant. However, he walked back to the site and carried on with his job.

The earlier concert was more than twice the size of the second one but for Civil Aid there were more problems during the second weekend.

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    The events in this tangled chain can be read in Freddy Bannister's book, " There Must Be A Better Way " , which chronicles his adventures in promoting the giant concerts at Knebworth from 1974-79. More info about these concerts can also be found at the Knebworth House site and at Rip Gooch's site, which contains substantial portions of text from the now defunct book Knebworth Rock Festivals, by Chryssie Lytton Cobbold.

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