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Updated Dec 2011

The Reading Rock Festival.
Richfield Avenue. 
August 1977.

The 1977 Reading Festival.

Recordings/Setlists .

    Quite a few recordings exist of this festival. As usual they are audience sources and they vary in quality depending on where the taper was and how noisy the audience was in the arena .

    One guy told us how he recorded Thin Lizzy but it was almost unlistenable due to audience noise created by arguments ,general chatting and the inevitable epidemics of can throwing .

    So remember youngsters , next time you make a racket when you are watching a band,consider , it could be you who is f**king up the recording you will be so desperate to hear so you can relive the experience when you are old .

You have been warned !

BTW we don't have copies of any of these so pleas to trade or buy will fall on deaf ears and will not be answered.

Sea of mud conditions in the campsite

© Baz Harrison

Wayne County

and The Electric Chairs .


  • Cream In My Jeans
  • Rad In Red
  • If You Don't Want To Fuck Me Baby , Fuck Off
  • The Last Time

Band retires hurt after being pelted with mud

Thin Lizzy . 8-27-77.

55 Mins

  • Soldier Of Fortune
  • Jailbreak
  • Warrior
  • Dancing In The Moon Light,
  • Massacre,
  • Still In Love With You.
  • Cowboy Song
  • Boys Are Back In Town
  • Dont Believe A Wor
  • Emerald
  • Bad Reputation

    Hawkwind . 8-28-77.

  • Reefer Madness
  • Hassan-i-Sahba
  • Forge Of Vulcan
  • Brainstorm
  • Quark Strangeness And Charm
  • Steppenwolf
  • High Rise
  • Robot
  • Spirit Of The Age
  • Damnation Alley
  • Uncle Sam's On Mars
  • Iron Dream

Aerosmith. 8-28-77.

  • Mama Kin
  • Write Me A Letter
  • S.O.S. (Too Bad)
  • Big Ten Inch Record
  • Lord of the Thighs
  • Lick and a Promise
  • Dream On
  • Walkin' the Dog
  • Sweet Emotion
  • Walk this Way
  • Draw the Line
  • Same Old Song and Dance
  • Train Kept A Rollin
  • Toys in the Attic

Uriah Heep. 8-?-77. Audience recording 40 mins

  • Do You Know
  • Stealin'
  • Look At Yourself
  • Lady In Black *
  • The Wizard
  • July Morning
  • Sympathy
  • Who Needs Me
  • Easy Livin'


27th August 1977

Audience recording

  • Rockwork
  • Slip Away
  • The Frozen Ones
  • Distant Smile
  • Young Savage
  • My Sex
  • Wide Boys
  • Saturday Night in the City of the Dead
  • Artificial Life
  • The Wild, the Beautiful and the Damned
  • Fear in the Western World

1977 festival pages and links.

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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