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Harlow Free Concerts 1981.
Spurriers Park- Harlow.

 

 

         

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Thanks to Steve Goldsmith , David Devine of Harlow Council and Steve Baker for their invaluable help in providing data on these concerts.



1981

July 25th-26th 1981

August 1st 1981 .

Advert for the 1981 shows , can anyone provide eye witness accounts ?

Just been reminiscing with your site and also http://www.harlowbandsarchive.co.uk/townparkandothergigs.html and thought I would mention seeing the Qtips.

I had been to see The Who at the Rainbow and the Q tips were the supporting band, I just fell in love with Paul Young, and when he was on at the park I just had to and see him. I thought he was great - but I may have been biased.

I used to go to the concerts as a teenager, the Bay City Rollers were apparently booked before they had a hit, but had reached stardom by the time the concert day arrived. I remember them being late, and everyone thought that they weren't coming. They weren't my thing, but you just went to all the concerts as it was somewhere to go. I really don't remember seeing anyone that I really liked apart from the Q tips!

Carolyn

1981 Local Pop Festival / Battle of the Bands
July 25 Q Tips, The Fix, The Fascinators
July 26 Dutch Courage, Silika Rich, Pete the Meat and the Boys , Playground Heroes, Acid Quean, Alexis, with special guests Victims of Pleasure
August 1 Steve Gibbons, Stan Web’s Chicken Shack and the winner of the final on July 26.

I did not attend the Battle of the Bands Night on the 26 July but I did see the Q Tips, Steve Gibbons and Stan Web’s Chicken Shack . Stan was probably playing the same set that he had done in 73 and 75 not strictly true as he had a new album he was promoting . As did Steve Gibbons who also played a fine set.
These were the last concerts I ever attended at the Town Park

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