The Archive.

Updated Jan 2008

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The Reading Rock Festival.

Richfield Avenue. 
August 22-24th 1980.

The Recordings

Photos of Reading Rock 1980 © Pete

Recordings and Setlists .
   It looks like the BBC recorded a fair number of sets from the festival and these have gredually emerged over the years, mixed with a smattering of audience recordings , we have a pretty good recored documentation of this event .

Krokus 8-22-80

  • Mad Racket
  • Fire
  • Bedside Radio
  • Heatstrokes
  • She’s got Everything
  • Bye Bye Baby

Tommy Vance show FM 40 mins


Gillan 8-22-80

  • Mr. Universe
  • Vengeance
  • Smoke on the Water
  • Lucille

Bonus tracks included on CD - Mr. Universe (Virgin) 1979

Pat Travers Band 8-23-80

  • Rock & Roll Susie
  • Your Love Can't Be Right
  • Life in London
  • Born Under a Bad Sign
  • Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights)
  • Snortin' Whiskey
  • Hooked on Music
  • Hammerhead
  • It Makes No Difference

    BBC FM Live In Concert

Iron Maiden 8-23-80

  • Prowler
  • Remember Tomorrow
  • Killers
  • Running Free
  • Transylvania
  • Iron Maiden

    Aud recording

UFO 8-23-80

  • Alpha Centauri
  • Lettin´ Go.
  • No Place To Run
  • Cherry
  • Only You Can Rock Me
  • Love To Love
  • Electric Phase
  • Hot -N- Ready
  • Mystery Train
  • Too Hot To Handle
  • Doctor, Doctor
  • Lights Out
  • Rock Bottom
  • Shoot Shoot.

Angel Witch 8-24-80


  • Intro
  • Angel Of Death
  • Sweet Danger
  • Flight 19
  • Sorcerers
  • Guillotine
  • Guitar Solo
  • Angel Witch
  • Extermination Day

    Aud 35 mins B+ grade

Budgie 8-24-80


  • Breaking All The House Rules
  • Crime Against The World
  • Napoleon Bona - Part 1 & 2
  • Forearm Smash
  • Panzer Division Destroyed
  • Wildfire

    FM broadcast BBC Radio 1

Magnum 8-24-80

  • Reborn
  • Changes
  • Sacred Hour
  • All of My Life
  • Invasion
  • Kingdom of Madness

    FM broadcast BBC Radio 1

Def Leppard 8-24-80

  • It Could Be You
  • It Don't Matter,
  • Long Way From Home
  • Answer To The Master
  • Rock Brigade
  • Me and My Wine
  • Satellite
  • When The Walls Came Tumblin' Down
  • Medicine Man
  • Overture
  • Lady Strange
  • Rocks Off
  • Ride Into The Sun
  • Wasted

    Mix of aud and FM broadcast BBC Radio 1

Slade 8-24-80

  • When I'm Dancin' I Ain't Fightin'
  • Born to Be Wild
  • Something Else/Pistol Packin' Mama/Keep a Rillin'
  • Get Down and Get With It
  • Okey Cokey
  • Merry Christmas Everybody.

(released as a single and EP by Cheapskate records, probably long deleted , but the tracks now may be available on other compilations or boxed sets )

Slade at Reading 1980 © Phil Ryan

    Whitesnake 8-24-80


  • Sweet Talker
  • Walking In The Shadow of the Blues
  • Ain't Gonna Cry No More
  • Love Hunter
  • Mistreated >Soldier Of Fortune
  • Ain't No Love
  • Fool For Your Loving
    ( setlist may be incomplete, refers to broadcast tracks )

Whitesnake at Reading 1980 © Phil Ryan

Whitesnake at Reading 1980 © Phil Ryan

recordings also circulate of

Tygers Of Pan Tang 45 mins aud


We don't have copies of ANY of these shows nor do we know where they can be obtained.

Thanks to photographer Alan Perry for allowing us to use his excellent photos of Reading 1980, you can purchase copies of these pix at his website where he has oodles of top photos of metal bands from the 70s to date.

We need more info on this and the other Reading festivals, we are now in the curious situation of having better documentation of some of the earlier festivals, so c'mon headbangers, get yer photos out and fire up whats left of the aging braincells .Send your recollections and scans to us NOW ! !! Contact us

Reading 1980 pages

The early festivals.

You can find out the complete line ups of the first festivals if you follow the links below .

Festivals 1965-1990

Most of these have fairly complete documentation .But new contributions of any sort are always welcome regarding any of the festivals.
Richmond 1965
Windsor 1966
 Windsor 1967
Sunbury 1968
Plumpton 1969
Plumpton 1970
Reading 1971
Reading 1972
Reading 1973
Reading 1974


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