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Deeply Vale Free Festival . 1976-1979
Deeply Vale Memories.
In the middle of the 70's there was a free music festival organised in a small valley near Bury in Lancashire that became known as Deeply Vale. The site of the festival was not easy to find but once found it soon became apparent that it was idyllic for the purposes of a multi-day music festival and it gained enough recognition to attract the likes of Steve Hillage and Here & Now to play there.
One had to travel along single lane farm roads to reach Deeply Vale and as one reached the venue one could see that it formed a natural arena for performances. The 'Vale' was triangular with most of the tents being set up at the pointed end and the stage at the opposite end. The valley sides were quite steep and there was a small reservoir behind the stage area where the great unwashed could do their laundry, obtain water for cooking or drinks, or have fun splashing about in it. If my memory serves me well the latrines were simple chemically-treated holes in the ground.
from the mystical quality of the music the main things that stick out in
my mind are the free availability of drugs, the free food tent and their
accursed beanburgers (only a two-man tent) and the sounds of a myriad different
musical tastes being exercised when the stage was 'off air'.
A typical day was;
Cherry Allen and little friend at Deeply Vale 1979 RIP Chezz. photo Andy Hope.
Fun at Eat Alley, looks like Phil the Beer and others sharing some herbs. photo Andy Hope.
I was fortunate enough to be at Deeply Vale two years running back in the late 70's (Can't remember which two though - memory loss for some reason ??) I remember the Mirror Boys playing one year and Steve Hillage another along with the obvious Here & Now. I was camped just off what we termed the high street and shared a fire with someone who claimed to be in Magazine. A few Hells Angels turned up (delivered good gear) and a police road block was set up at the end of the road to prevent access. I drove a beaten up Singer Chamois which was finally impounded by the law for being unroadworthy. People don't believe me when I tell them that this festival actually happened so its great to finally see a website with some pictures. Good work. Who knows why the wind blows ?
|Was absolutely thrilled
to happen upon your site! I was begining to think I magined Deeply Vale. So it's true then eh? it wasnt a figment of my imagination.
I think I was at all the Vale festivals one way or another, I am from the Wirral and there were hundreds of 'heads' here then. Some of my friends had a magazine called third Stone and one year I remember they had a tent at Deeply Vale and controlled the sounds that were being played in between
I also remember a band called Thandoy one year who were something to do with Here and Now, they had a bongo player who looked like lurch from the adams family, a moment before they began to play I walked on stage with a bong and handed it to him and he duly took a good old toke..I sat with my friend Alan Hanley (sadly no longer with us)and also the synth player from Here and Now
and we watched the poor bugger try to play his bongo's while stoned for England!!!..he kept looking over at us and looking to the heavens, it was hilarious... happy days.
I also remember Steve Hillage playing there, that was special.
Anyway, thanks a lot for doing this site, youve made an old, balding hippy very happy.
Probably Deeply Vale candle selling photo Andy Hope.
My name is Martin Greenwood and i was in a band that played in 79 called MUDANZAS. We came from Rochdale.I have been trying to find a listing of bands and any info on MUDANZAS or photo`s etc.can you help please.my e-mail addy is, firstname.lastname@example.org Thanx.
Misty In Roots were
the first roots band I ever saw live. Before mi sight RasTa. I was at a
free festival near Manchester UK in a beautiful valley called Deeply Vale.
We were camped very near the stage and were woken up at dawn by Misty In
Roots. I will neva forget it. Must have been 1978 or 79 cah my youngest
dawter was about 3 years old. Could be they started I on this path mi now
a trod cah a coupla years after mi sight up, seen.
give thanx and praise for these righteous idren
from London, UK
The Vale unknown year © David Evans
Thanks for the memories! We were there 2 years running, looking at he line ups, I am guessing it was 78 and 79. The first year there was just me and my guy, after we got back and told our friends a whole bunch of us went. that was the year the Hells Angels showed upWe had graduated from a bike to a bright yellow ford escort van that we had lined with carpet and curtained with an airbed shoved in for sleeping. I had put the curtains across the bhind the driving part and in the back windows, I had a call of nature, and rather than crawl out into the night we had a receptacle. I used that, started to pull the curtain back to dispose of the contents through the van window, only to see 2 or 3 Hells Angels peering in and trying the handle. I shot back behind the curtain and sat there poised with my ammo thinking “if one of those “gentlemen” opens that door he is getting this straight in his face!” Thankfully they gave up and went looking for easier pickings, because it could have been nasty! Meanwhile my guy was blissfully comatose! When I told him next morning he told me I must have dreamed it!
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