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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 .....

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1967-1992.


The Beltane Free Festival

Nr Swindon & Uffington April 30th 1989.

Der polis (as is their mission ) make life difficult for attendees at the first site © Dick Short

     Well, this appears to have been a pretty low key event , which was held over a few years - at a few different sites .

The 1989 event was forced to move sites by the dear boyz in bloo , moving from the flat to a more hilly site at Dragon Hill near the famous White Horse. A festival was held in the area in 1985 .

     The photos we have are from both sites, but we may have got some wrongly identified . Can anyone confirm or add more details, such as who played ? When was it held exactly and how did the plod behave ? The photos indicate they were as usual , not helpful to say the least........

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Feisty traveller lass points out to plod just where they are going wrong ...© Dick Short
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Nukli at Uffingham 1989 © Heather Wooton

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Eviction time . © Dick Short

" Read this and then Eff Off "© Dick Short

Dragon Hill .

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Road block ahead.... :-( © Dick Short

 

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This list of festivals is in no way definitive and is being added to whenever new information turns up , therefore the site is constantly being updated . Information has often been gleaned from net scouring and therefore is almost definitely NOT completely accurate . If you can help with ANY information please do not hesitate to Contact us


 

Free Festivals List

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

1967-69.

 1970-79  
1980-92

 

  • 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

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The aroma of a free festival -by Roger Hutchinson

Dome construction instruction sheet (download-140k)-by Roger Hutchinson

Travellers Tales Convoy Steve's tale of how the freaks outsmarted the fuzz at Greenham common.

Zorch -House band for the free festival set ? A fanzine page on the UK's first electronic band .

Tibetan Ukranian Mountain Troupe-surreal pranksters of the Traveller community .

Acidia Lightshow Lightshow for Windsor festival and Stonehenge in the 1970s.

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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