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

Photogallery One .

Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy onstage Reading 1974© Vin Miles


The Vin Miles collection

  We are indebted to Vin Miles (right : pictured at Reading 1974) who was a keen amateur photographer, for allowing us to present his excellent collection of photographs from the 1974 Reading festival.

  To our knowledge this is the most extensive collection of photos of the festival apart from those taken by professionals who covered the festival for the rock weeklies .

  The advantage of Vin's collection is that he was not only able to take some excellent shots of the bands, but he also was part of the audience, so he was present when things happened in the arena , whereas the paid hacks were onstage or down the front behind a barrier shielded from the hoi polloi in the crowd .

   Thus Vin was there when the chip van was attacked and when ' Jesus ' was dancing in the crowd.His work at the festival from 1972-74 is a fascinating look at some rare aspects of the festival scene of the early 1970s . Below you will find links to other pages that contain Vin's photos of 1974, crowd shots, the Chip Van debacle and more.

The Archive is honoured to play host to these works . Many thanks VIn !

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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