Reading Tonys' blog about Donnington, brought back some hazy memories of a lost few days at the Watchfield free festival of August 1975. Following trouble caused by heavy handed policing of the 1974 Windsor event by the Mets finest, the peoples free festival was moved to the sleepy Wiltshire village of Watchfield just outside of Swindon. The site was a vast unused airfield and facilities, including sanitation were rudimentary at best. I can't even remember who went with me but I do remember a smallish tent and some rainy periods, true to our English summers. There were at least 3 stages, widely spaced out, like most of the audience, and it had a quaint air of disorganisation about it. I do remember Steve Hillage of Gong, Edgar Broughton band and Hawkwind headlining on the last night, before most people packed up to head off to to Knebworth. Have to say the policing this time around was wonderful and hands off and it made for a magic experience. There was some talk of trouble with Hells angels but I cant say I saw any. Thinking about this prompted me to google the festival and there is a brilliant site at ukrockfestivals.com/watchfi... At least I can see what I missed!!.
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