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The Fourteenth National Jazz ,Blues and Rock Festival.
Richfield Avenue. 
August 23rd-25th 1974.

Photogallery Two : Phil Newson collection.

Just a short note to say how much I enjoyed the site.

My first festival was Reading 1974 I was 18 and came on the train from London on the Friday for a day trip.
I remember sitting on the grass waiting around a lot... a hippy had a cardboard sign saying ‘I want to buy some Acid’ which did not strike me as a good idea.
I also recall seeing that skinny hippy who danced non stop the whole time no matter what the music was ..
I remember a band called Hustler coming on,, don't think the crowd thought much of them. Then Nutz which I took photos of for some reason, I can still remember the guitarists weird blue suit and red guitar.. of their set I can remember nothing.
Camel came on and I recall I was really bored by their music, John Peel put on records between the bands,, don't remember Alex Harvey at all? I do remember they were promoting Sergeant Fury. . I missed 10cc altogether as they were very late on stage and we had to get the train home... I know 10cc were fined by Reading Council for playing too late at night.. I even saw a copy of the letter as there was an exhibition about the festival in Reading library a few years back . .


Attached pics are of Nutz, plus a bored looking security guard.

Best wishes

Phil Newson

All Nutz pix © Phil Newson


Band photogalleries

courtesy Vin Miles, Phil Newson and Lindsay Young.

10cc Barclay James Harvest Camel Esperanto
Heavy Metal Kidz Hustler ? JSD Band John Peel
Nutz Procol Harum Steve Harley Strider
  Thin Lizzy Unknown  

Reading 74 pages.

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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