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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 .....

R.IP. Phil Shaksby, aka Phil The Beer ,who passed away April 2010 .

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Harlow Free Concerts 1991.
Spurriers Park- Harlow.


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Thanks to Steve Goldsmith , David Devine of Harlow Council and Steve Baker for their invaluable help in providing data on these concerts.


The Pogues. Color Factory .The Tender Trap .

Harlow Music Festival, Harlow, England
63 min.
AKA "Live At Harlow Town 1991"
Streams Of Whiskey / If I Should Fall From Grace With God / Young Ned Of The Hill (Terry Woods vocals) / Rain Street / Sayonara / Repeal Of The Licensing Laws / The Body Of An American / Summer In Siam / Thousands Are Sailing (Philip Chevron vocals) / Medley / The Sunnyside Of A Street Dirty Old Town / The Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn / Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah / Star Of The County Down (Andrew Ranken vocals) / Sally MacLennane / Waxie's Dargle
Also circulates on video

Harlow Music Festival, Harlow, England, UK
17 tracks, 63 min.
Video CD, asf-Format
This is an audience recording not far away from the stage from the left side. Most time it is stable and shows all members of the Pogues.
Shane introduces "If I Should Fall From Grace With God" with "This called God" and Spider adds "If I Should Fall From Grace With". After "Young Ned Of The Hill" Spider gives Shane a flower (maybe he got it from somebody in the audience) which Shane puts into his shirt pocket. After "The Body Of An American" Spider ask the crowd to step back from stage because the first rows will be crushed. And Philip ask again one song later.

00:00:00 - Streams Of Whiskey (beginning missing)
00:01:39 - If I Should Fall From Grace With God
00:04:15 - Young Ned Of The Hill
00:09:57 - Rain Street
00:14:00 - Sayonara
00:17:28 - Repeal Of The Licensing Laws
00:19:43 - The Body Of An American
00:25:10 - Summer In Siam
00:28:30 - Thousands Are Sailing (Philip Chevron vocals)
00:33:24 - Medley
00:37:32 - The Sunnyside Of The Street
00:41:15 - Dirty Old Town
00:45:29 - The Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn
00:49:20 - Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
00:54:28 - The Star Of The County Down
00:57:40 - Sally MacLennane
01:00:16 - Waxie's Dargle

Free Festivals List

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




  • 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



We are proud of the contribution we have made to Andy Worthington's sociological history of Stonehenge and the free festival scene in the UK .This new book gives a fascinating insight into the various counter cultural obsessions with the Stones and provides a variety of new perspectives to many of the key events surrounding the Henge such as the Battle Of The Beanfield and the more recent attempts hold a celebration at the Stones during the Solstice.


Find out more about this great book by clicking on the image on the left and visit the Heart of Albion Press web site .

Sending details of a small book I've just self-published which might be of interest to some readers of your admirable site.

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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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