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The Ninth National Jazz and Blues Festival.
8th-10th August 1969.
Plumpton Race Track.
East Sussex.

The Who.

This show was The Who's first open air show in the Uk since their performance at the 6th Nat jazz and Blues fest in 1966. One of the music papers reported it thus.

The Who topped the bill on Saturday  and quickly established the fact that they are still one of the world's loudest groups. It's quite possible, that the people in the villages around Plumpton Racecourse could have sat in their living rooms and listened to the group. But the loudness did not disguise the quality of the playing which has increased tremendously. The best part of the act consisted of a good deal of Tommy and this was the first time most people had had a chance to hear it 'live'.

All the guitar smashing and mike throwing was included and The Who looked pleased with the way things were going - both musically and visually. The visual bit got even better when a girl in a revealing dress came on stage during Summertime Blues and began cavorting about.

The whole thing tore the audience up. An unqualified hit.

   There appears to be at least 40 minutes of this show in existence on tape. Not having heard the tape as yet I can't say if all these songs are present or whether this is the entire set. The quality appears to be excellent , so its one to look out for.

Heaven And Hell
I Can't Explain
Fortune Teller
It's A Boy
Amazing Journey
Pinball Wizard
Summertime Blues
Shakin' All Over.


To view a huge number of top quality photos of almost all the bands at the 1969 festival ,( including The Who ) visit Repfoto ( note : you can't and shouldn't copy Roberts photos -support his efforts to give us a record of the festival by buying his prints)

1969 Festival Menu
Known recordings of the 1969 Plumpton festival.
With set lists and recording details if available.
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The early festivals.

You can find out the complete line ups of the first festivals if you follow the links below.

Festivals 65-83

Most of these have fairly complete documentation .

Richmond 1965
Windsor 1966
 Windsor 1967
Sunbury 1968
Plumpton 1969
Plumpton 1970
Reading 1971
Reading 1972
Reading 1973
Reading 1974

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