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The Reading Rock Festival.

Richfield Avenue. 
August 24-26th 1979.


1979 Reading Rock Festival.

Aug 24-26th 1979.



Friday 24th August 1979

The crowd on Friday , Reading Rock 1979 © Augusto Croce

Augustos story.

I used to be a DJ in a medium-sized radio station in my home town Perugia, called "Radio Perugia 1", and we were particularly interested in the punk and new wave latest releases coming from the UK. In the summer of 1979 I came to London with some fellow DJ's from the radio, there were five of us, and we came in touch with as many record companies as we could find, asking for records and promotional material for our transmissions.

Along with hundreds of LP's and singles, we managed to receive backstage passes for the Reading Festival, which seemed very interesting that year for the presence of new acts like The Cure and The Police, and old punk rockers like The Ramones.

Punishment Of Luxury Reading Rock 1979 © Augusto Croce

It was an incredible emotion to be in the backstage along with many artists, I can remember going to the toilet and meeting John Peel coming out of it, or running into Sting or Annie Lennox while walking. We were allowed to take pictures and interviews, though our bad english didn't help very much. With a mono tape recorder we also recorded some of the concerts along with the interviews but at the end of the first day we had already ran out of camera films and cassette tapes!

Motorhead backstage . Reading Rock 1979 © Augusto Croce

Motorhead entered the backstage on a military vehicle (see one of the pictures attached), but despite the appearance they were very nice guys (though Lemmy, with a bottle of whisky always in hand, promised us an interview three or four times, always disappearing soon after).

The Jags Reading Rock 1979 © Augusto Croce

The Cure onstage . Reading Rock 1979 © Augusto Croce

The Cure had a strong support from John Peel, and one of my photos depicts Robert Smith with Peel after their concert.
Motorhead and The Police were the best acts of the first day. I can remember a fight between Motorhead and other groups' supporters, with beer cans flying everywhere. The Police were very successful, playing an yet-unreleased "Message in a bottle", introduced as their next single.

The Cure backstage .Reading Rock 1979 © Augusto Croce

The Cure backstage with the late John Peel .Reading Rock 1979 © Augusto Croce

Doll By Doll .Reading Rock 1979 © Augusto Croce

Doll By Doll again .Reading Rock 1979 © Augusto Croce

Bite The Pillow . Reading Rock 1979 © Augusto Croce

Saturday 25th August 1979

Cheap Trick

Can we get a witness ?

We need more info on this and the other late 70s Reading festivals, we are now in the curious situation of having better documentation on the earlier festivals, so c'mon headbangers, get yer photos out and fire up whats left of the aging braincells .Send your recollections and scans to us NOW ! !! Contact us


Gillan at reading 79 photo

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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