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Avon Free Festival

Wick Quarry Nr Bristol

May 1988.

Chaos UK, Hawkdog,

Twinkies on Meathooks


May 27-31st ?

    Establishing exact details regarding free festivals is always something of a a fraught business as, by their very nature , free festies are impromptu and secretive gatherings, so things don't always work out exactly to plan . Avon Free festival is a good example. In 1988 it was held in Wick Quarry and featured Hawkdog and possibly Nick Turner. The above poster,( which has had to be worked on heavily to make it even partly readable ) isn't a great help as the dates don't tie in with any of the published dates on the net and there's no site details either. However its more likely than not that is the 88 event as Hawkwind did not play at the 89 show. . In 89 the festival moved to Inglestone Common which muddies the waters even further. The 1988 show was attended by 10000 people and went off well apparently with little of the police harassment that went on in 1989 and in subsequent years.

Campsite at the 1988 festival © John Finch

Very interesting and well presented & researched website you have there. I keep coming back to dip into it as there is far too much to take in in one visit.

I noticed that you are seeking further information regarding the 1988 Avon Free Festival. I attended (and in fact played in a band who performed there). Memories are a bit vague unfortunately, but I did take a few grainy photos, which you are welcome to use if you want to. I have 11 photos in total, although most won’t be of interest as they are of individuals, with no background context. The best are attached.

Twinkies on Meathooks © John Finch

Band-wise, I can confirm that in addition to Hawkwind, Chaos UK played, as did my (awful!) band ‘Twinkies On Meathooks’ (who are onstage in the photo). I think that was on the Saturday night, but I have no idea of the actual date.

Hope this is of interest to you.

All the best,

John (Finch)

Eat the rich? If only...........© John Finch

Somebody sent me these clips and the photo above , but no idea who...can anyone help ?


So ,can anyone provide some new info and even better , MORE pics of this festival ?

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