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This site is dedicated to the memory of Roger Hutchinson, who inspired me to delve deep into the magic of the free festival and who passed away Sept 3rd 2010.

R.I.P. Roger .....

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Ogwen Valley Fair

3rd Sptember 1977


 

Image courtesy of Roy Barlow

    Not strictly a free festival, but you got in free to see acts in the Marquees abd it was only 50p to enter, a pittance , even in 1977 .....

   Ogwen Valley is situated in the Snowdon National Park, lovely country , nice place to hold a small fair.

   We don't as yet have many eye witness reports of the festival itself, so if you were there, let us know !

  The people on the photo below which was contained within the program, are sitting on the famous roche moutonee in the middle of the Ogwen Valley, on the edge of the festival site. (Kids on geography field trips come from all over Britain to see this roche moutonee.)

   The only clear memory I have of the day is sitting on that rock and looking at the detail of the surrounding mountains, which were pin-sharp: it was one of those sunny, stunning September days. I also remember my mother turning up at night with my winter coat "because the evening had got chilly" and hoping she wouldn't spot how intoxicated I was.

   When I next bump into any of the old school that were involved with or performed at OVF, or produced 'Sometimes' (the community magazine that was on the OVF page of your site), I'll ask for other memories and if they know who the mystery photographer was.

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Program courtesy Sue Walton

Program courtesy Sue Walton

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Free Festivals List

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Free festivals and small fayres held in the United Kingdom between 1967-90.

1967-69.

 1970-79  
1980-92

 

  • Windsor Peoples Free Festival 1972-74
 
 Free festival related articles
Pay Festivals- Benefits for Travellers aid.
 

Main list of Free festivals 1970-1985

Free rock festivals of the 70s and 80s

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The aroma of a free festival -by Roger Hutchinson

Dome construction instruction sheet (download-140k)-by Roger Hutchinson

Travellers Tales Convoy Steve's tale of how the freaks outsmarted the fuzz at Greenham common.

Zorch -House band for the free festival set ? A fanzine page on the UK's first electronic band .

Tibetan Ukranian Mountain Troupe-surreal pranksters of the Traveller community .

Acidia Lightshow Lightshow for Windsor festival and Stonehenge in the 1970s.

Traveller Daves Website - Chock full of of free festival photos !

Many, many thanks go to Roger Hutchinson , Big Steve , Roger Duncan, Celia, Will , Chazz, Jeza ,Chris Hewitt ,The Fabulous Time Tortoise , Peter Piwowarski - ( 70s music site/photos ) Martin S, Steve Austin ,Traveller Dave, Herb, Tim Brighton, Vin Miles, Haze Evans , Noddy Guevara, Chris Brown, Janet Thompson, David Stooke, Gary Gibbons , Nigel Ayers, Rich Deakin ,Glenda Pescardo,Justin Warman,Brian F, Steve Bayfield, Kev Ellis, Paul Seaton and many other minor contributors for their help in providing the archival material related to these free festivals which has at enabled us to construct the site .

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