Festival Friday: The Glastonbury Fayre 1971

While the Glastonbury Festival is certainly not an overlooked event by any means, its origins have become somewhat obscured over the years. After the success of the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival in 1970, promoters Andrew Kerr and Michael Eavis and their team decided to hold a free festival in 1971, then called theContinue reading “Festival Friday: The Glastonbury Fayre 1971”

Festival Fridays: The Mar Y Sol Festival

The Mar Y Sol Festival 1972 The Mar Y Sol Festival, which took place about thirty miles outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico, seemed cursed right from the beginning. Set up to be the first rock festival to take place in Puerto Rico, five promoters attempted to start the planning stages in 1971, but productionContinue reading “Festival Fridays: The Mar Y Sol Festival”

Festival Friday: The 1968 Newport Folk Festival

The 1968 Newport Folk Festival The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, isn’t obscure by any means; in fact, it’s a rather historic and culturally relevant event that still continues (very successfully) today. In terms of the individual yearly events, the ones you mainly hear most about include the 1965 festival where Dylan notoriouslyContinue reading “Festival Friday: The 1968 Newport Folk Festival”

Festival Friday: The 1970 Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music

The 1970 Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music, held at the Royal Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England from June 27th-29th, was a truly progressive event indeed. A lineup that included a diverse assortment of heavy hitters from the likes of Pink Floyd, Hot Tuna and Dr. John drew a crowdContinue reading “Festival Friday: The 1970 Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music”

Festival Friday: The Texas International Pop Festival

On the Labor Day Weekend of 1969, just two weeks after Woodstock, many of the same artists showed up to the Dallas International Motor Speedway to play the Texas International Pop Festival to over 100,000-120,000 people. Much like Woodstock, the festival is remembered for beating the odds and remaining peaceful despite the worries of theContinue reading “Festival Friday: The Texas International Pop Festival”