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The first Knebworth Rock festival: 7-20-74
The Doobie Brothers onstage Knebworth 1974 © Bazza
Was held on 20th July 1974 , was advertised as the " Bucolic Frolic " and was the first of the mega one day events held at Knebworth Park during the 1970s. It was unfortunately for me the only one I attended, but it also had one of the better line-ups with Tim Buckley, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band , Mahavishnu Orchestra, Van Morrison, The Doobie Brothers and The Allman Brothers.
© Nigel Barton
These pages are designed to serve as a memorial to the festival and include details of performances, band personnel, set lists, availability of recordings and where possible, photographs of the performers, site, audience and stage .
Thanks to David Paterson for providing a copy of the program and to Joseph Kolmanski , Nigel Barton ,Tony Brigg, Bazza and Henry Cobbold for permission to use their photographs of the event .
Some folks obviously did not want to rough it .... © Tony Brigg
There Must Be A Better Way
The abridged Knebworth commemorative set There Must Be A Better Way is now available at £59:99, plus postage- it contains the following:
The flyers, programmes and tickets from 3 of the following festivals:
1974 Allman Brothers, Tim Buckley, Alex Harvey
1975 Pink Floyd Steve Miller Captain Beefheart
1978 Genesis - Jefferson Airplane
1978 Frank Zappa, The Tubes, Peter Gabriel
1979 Led Zeppelin, New Barbarians
A boxed set of 30 photographs from the festivals.
A video containing Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rolling Stones, Genesis and Led Zeppelin in either PAL or NTSC
A hard backed book with all the behind the scene stories.
and as a SPECIAL FREE GIFT to anyone purchasing the set The Bannisters give 5 live CDs from Knebworth plus a Rolling Stones DVD
You may read an impartial review here
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Knebworth Concerts 1974-86
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