The No shows and
Programme of Events
The programme looked good, but unfortunately
the full line-up did not eventuate. The biggest no show
( and most tragic , IMHO as they never toured the
Uk in my knowledge) was Quicksilver.
Spirit was another significant omission
and the fact that Third Ear band and
Roy Harper did not show must have been
the only time they did NOT play at a major British Rock festival of
the 70's . Still, there were sufficient goodies to make it worth showing
for all three days.
Memphis Slim was another
no -show, so with Harper and the Third
Ears missing as well the talent in the early part of the evening
was pretty thin on the ground. Things got moving when Mr Calvert &
co came on-stage. I have a vivid picture of a nude Stacia
cavorting madly on the left of stage during Hawkwinds
Silver Machine. . Dr Johnwas
amazing and he more than made up for the sparse offerings early on.
SATURDAY: A much stronger day, building gradually to the
Beefheart set, ( which actually took place at 4-00am Sunday).
The morning jazz bash with Mike Westbrookwas
fun and the afternoon sets by The Incredible String
Band and Donovan were predictably
enjoyable and laid back. . I have no memories of Captain
Beyond, Sam Apple Pie or Cheech
and Chong , but a tape exists of Captain Beyond's performance.
The Kinks were drunker than
normal and reportedly threw their piano off stage ( which I strangely
do not remember, but then , it had been a LOOOONG day of drinking and
general carousing. so I must have burnt out the relevant memory cells
on site) .Flaming Groovies were pretty
good. Family were as usual , totally frantic
and the Cap'n and the Magic Band were absolutely
wonderful and made everyone else look ordinary. Poor old Pacific
Gas & Electric had to come on after the Cap'n and predictably
bombed. (Beef Review here)
Just exactly why everything was so late on Sunday is probably due
to the fact that the Saturday show actually finished around 6.00 am
Sunday. Certainly it wasn't due to a surfeit of band changeovers as
there were only six acts over the space of the entire day. This of
course did not prevent the Dead from finishing around 4.am Monday.
Some people have said the Dead played for five hours ,but the
entire show comes in around 245 mins, so there was a considerable
exaggeration factor present.
I have no idea whether there was any break at all in the programme
on Sunday morning, but with the non show of yet another band ,this
time the 'Horse with no Name' one hit wonders- "America"-
and a couple of local acts in the early morning, there was only Country
Joe and Brinsley
Schwarz to entertain the masses before the onset of
the Dead and the New Riders.
I have faint recollections of the Schwarz's set and I'm sure I did
catch Country Joe,
doing a reprise of his Woodstock function. But really, Sunday was
the day the Grateful Dead
embedded themselves into my conscious for good and everything
else paled in comparison.
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intended programme and the artistic dropouts
Express- Bickershaw edition,includes site map New!
photographs from Roger Hutchinson -New!
festival publicity handout
Festival Runs at a Loss
of tickets . New Sept 22nd 2001
stills from BC'S 8mm footage of Bickershaw !
Adverts in the press
of all artists who performed at the festival . Band personnel , known tapes
and setlists . Updated Jan 2011
photos : Wishbone Ash, Kinks, Family, Captain Beyond, New Riders, Country
site photographs updated Nov 2004
Beefheart : Setlist, tapes, reviews, photos
Grateful Dead : Photos, setlist,tapes, transcript, eye witness reviews.
Updated Sept 2010
own Bickershaw saga.
from the mud :More eyewitness accounts from intrepid Bickershaw veterans.
Updated with many new photos Jan 2011
encounter with Captain Beefheart at Bickershaw:
by Charles Gee
of Captain Beyond at Bickershaw
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