Updated September 2009- New photos of the Dead , the site and Family
For best results view at 1280 x 1020 or higher
Big thanks to our sponsor Neil !
For information on today's festivals see eFestivals.co.uk
|THE HOLLYWOOD FESTIVAL.
May 23rd and 24th 1970.
Hollywood - The Way We Were:
"Three lads in the front of the van told us we could have a lift to the site. We opened the back door of the van to find it was full of more lads. We didn't think of any danger then . We sat together in a corner of the van until we got to the site. We only went to the festival on the Sunday . I took packed lunches everywhere so we would have taken sandwiches with us. We were back home in Cheadle by 8;30 that night .I remember knocking on somebody's door at Madeley because I wanted to use the toilet. I wouldn't use the toilets on the site as they were so awful. We walked from the Festival site to Newcastle and got a PMT bus back home ."Jacqui still lives in Cheadle and keeps in regular contact with her festival pals. Elaine Thornhill and Glenys Corkery , Barbara Wilson and Jane Preston .
" I remember Free singing All Right Now , we all thought it was a great record "says JacquiBarbara chips in
"We all wanted to see Free. We thought they were so different from other groups . The festival was something we had never experienced before, It was overwhelming to see so many people and to think it was so near our homes.Glenys remembers,
I remember tie dying my T-shirt at Gleny's house when we knew we were going to the festival. We thought we were really "it" . We never thought about drugs or anything like that then."
"We sat round and listened to the groups . We had to get back to Newcastle in time to catch the bus to Cheadle. We weren't hippies , but we dressed for the event . The atmosphere was calm and happy, there was no violence, it was quite peaceful. We'd led a sheltered life here in Cheadle, after the festival we thought we had been out and seen everything .Jane sums up the festival with the word
The nearest thing we'd seen to it was groups like Slade and Love Affair at Alton Towers. We enjoyed the festival so much that we decided to go to the Bath Blues Festival the next following month . We camped out and stayed for the week there."
"Brilliant . We were very, very young, but we felt completely safe. The whole experience was brilliant the atmosphere was tremendous. It was like an adventure, we'd never done anything like that before. My parents were so protective but they'd let me go as there were five of us together and we were sensible. The drugs aspect never entered out minds- we were very naive in those days. We just wanted to listen to the bands and have fun. "
Hollywood 1970 The girls today.
L to r
Barbara Wilson, Elaine Thornhill,
Glenys Corkery and Jacqui Goodwin. photo Jane Preston.
Hollywood festival menu
Many thanks go to Garry Marsh for his fantastic archival material which has enabled us to construct most of the site. Also to Martin Williams for his oral history and colour photo of the stage and site ,Simon Phillips for all the Grateful Dead archival material and Bob Colover for the film footage .
We have been endeavoring to collect audience or sbd tapes of the performances at this festival , so we can effectively review the performances, provide set lists and band line-ups. The intention is to also display as many personal histories of the festival as possible.
If you can contribute in any way, with tapes, reviews from the music press, photos or personal histories, please Contact us.