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The Archive

Index of festivals and outdoor music events Summer 1983

March 31-1

CND Easter Festival Greenham Aldermaston-Burghfield.

May 1

GLC Free Festival, Victoria Park, Hackney, London

May 1

Leeds Potter Newton Festival for jobs ( New Model Army )

May 7

Youth CND March, Embankment to Brockwell Park, London

May 22

Free Music Festival, Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow (Radio Clyde)

May 21

Tears For Fears . Marquee, Great Yarmouth Racecourse

May 29

Reading Festival. Reading

May 29

LCC Picnic, Sharpenhoe Clappers, Barton-Le-Clay, Beds.

May 30

Totness Festival, Barns Ness, nr Dunbar

May 30

Multicultural Festival, Roundwood Park, Barnes (noon-6pm)

June 3

Annual Buskers Fair, Meanwhile Gardens, London W10

June 4

GLC Free Festival, Crystal Palace , London.

June 4-5

Yeovil Bikers  Festival, Cricket St Thomas , Somerset.

June 11

Strawberry Fair, Cambridge

June 11

Third Welsh Undergound Festival, Bangor

June 11-12

Leamington Festival, Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa.

June l1-19

Thornham Tree Fayre , Thornham Park nr Eye , Suffolk

June 17-19

Glastonbury CND Festival, Worthy Farm, Shepton Mallet,Somerset

June 17-26

Stonehenge Free Festival .Wiltshire

June 18

Rod Stewart at Ibrox Park, Glasgow.

June 25

Marx with Sparks. Festivai, Alexandra Palace, London.

June 25-26

Druidstone Festival of Performing Arts

June 28

David Bowie at Murryfields , Edinburgh.

July 1-3

Norwich Peaceful Green Festival University Village Norwich, Norfolk

July 1,2  

David Bowie at Milton Keynes Bowl

July 2

Blues In The Bowl GLC Free Festival Crystal Palace,London

July 2-3

Eye Festival, Suffolk

July 2-3

Radlett Free Festival, Herts

July 3

Smokey Bears Picnic, Victoria Park, Southport, Lancs

July 3

St Paul’s. Carnival and Fair The Green, St Paul’s,  Bristol

July 9

Peter Gabriel at Selhurst Park, London (Crystal Palace Football club )

July 9

CND Free Peace Festival Meanwhile Gardens, London W10

July 10

Afro-Caribbean Festival, Angel Park, Brixton London

July 10

Battersea and Wandsworth Festival, Battersea Park ( Free )

July 15

Glasgow Free Festival Kelvin Grove Park Bandstand lOpm-midnight.

July 15-11

Green-Moon Gathering , Nenthead, Alston, Cumbria

July 16

Runcorn Music Festival ( The Enid )

July I7

Free Peace Festival Gloucester Park Basildon Essex .11am –8pm

July 17

Smokey Bears Picnic, Huddersfield East Yorks (Free)  

July 24

Bristol Free Festival!, Ashton Court, Bristol

July 23

Duran Duran at Aston Villa  football Ground ( MENCAP benefit )

July 26-31

Glastonbury Green Gathering, Lamberts Hill Farm Shepton Mallet

July 28-29

St Helens, Free Festival noon-lOpm

July 29-31

Cambridge Folk Festival. Cherry Hinton Hall Grounds.Cambridge

July 29-31

Elephant Fayre, St.Germans Cornwall.

July 30

Saltley Free Festival, Adderley Park, Birmingham. 2-10.30pm.

July 30

Free Festival Tottenham Road Recreation site London

Aug 1

Cantlin Stone Free Festival, Clun Forest, nr Bishop’s Castle and Newton

Aug 2

Swindon, Groundwell Farm Festival. 2-lOpm

Aug 5-7

Fine Farye, Manor Farm, Caldecote, nr Cambridge

Aug 6

Peterborough Free Festival noon-11.30pm.

Au4 6

Free open-air concert, Uxbridge Brunel University

Aug 6

GLC Free Festival, Victoria Park, Hackney.

Aug 6

Vines Cross Festival, nr Heathfield, East Sussex.

Aug 7

Nuneaton Free Community Festival,

Aug 7

Clissold Park Free Festival, Stoke Newington, London.

Aug 12-13 

Fairport Convention Reunion,Cropredy , nr Banbury, Oxon.

Aug 13

Triangle 83 Festival, Ransoms Rec. Hitchin,

Aug 16-31

Cornwall Free Festival. The Old Airfield, Rough Tor,Camelford,Bodmin Moor.

Aug 20

Monsters Of Rock, Castle Donington, Leics.

Aug 20-21

Pear Tree Music Festival, Halstock Leigh , nr Yeovil Somerset

Aug 25-31

Cisbury R1ng Free Festival. Nr Worthing Sussex

Aug 26-28

Nospop 83,- Nostell Priory Wakefield Yorkshire .

Aug 26-28

Reading Rock Festival

Aug 26-2

Summer Dream, Fair, Yew Tree Farm , Lyng Norfolk

Aug 27

Barry Manilow at Blenheim Palace Woodstock, Oxford

Aug 27

Youth Music Festival , Boating Lake , Corby. lOam-11pm .

Aug 28-29

Nottingham Carnival, London

Aug 29

Gary Glitter Roundhay Park , Leeds~ 3pm evening .

Aug 30

Penwith 83, nr St.lves, Cornwall 10am-10pm .(commercial)

Sept 9-11

Otmoor Fair , Moorlands Farm Murcott . nr Oxfor

Sept 9-11

Leeds Folk Festival, Temple Newsam Park, Leeds.

Sept 10

Smokey Bears Picnic Hexthorpe Flats Doncaster


Psilocybin Free Festival, nr Hay-on-Wye


Taken from the FWS report 1983 .

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