14 Hour Technicolor Dream
Last updated Dec 2012
was a bloody nightmare of a venue , acoustics of an aircraft hanger , but it
had a certain charm ......
Ally Pally , as it is affectionately known
to Londoners, has had a bit of a chequered past , having burnt down
twice in its long lifetime , the most recent occurance being in the
1980s, so the building as it was for the tech dream technically no longer
exists . As I've said before, its acoustics were utter crap - mainly
due to its excessive height .
truth , it more resembles a Victorian railway station such as St Pancras
than it does a concert hall.
sort of electronic display unit pictured right was also used at the
Bickershaw festival in 1972. It seems like the operators couldn't bring
themselves to go all the way and spell out the word in its full glory
attractions included a fairground slide , various inflatibles and theatre
in the round stages for dance /drama events. All in all not bad for
the 60s in stodgy old London. Whatever we claim , I do not think that
our scene was anywhere near as innovative and "out there"
as the Bay Area in Frisco had been a few years earlier.The yanks had
the Avalon, Carousel, Filmore and Winterland, whereas we had Middle
Earth and a few on/off venues like the Saville and the Albert Hall.
one can see the dropsheets used to project images and lights which were hung
on either side of the main hall.
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this show as well as photographs of many aspects of the event.
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