Free Festival 1987
was a weekend festival just north of Norwich towards the end of 1987 and
one of the few I actually took a camera to. This was just before the rave
culture hit and there had been some debate as to whether to allow any
electric music at the fair. In the end, we did have bands.
nighttime though was spent around camp fires, getting trollied in the
time honoured way and the days werem't so very different.
traditional sort of traveller festival, stalls, camp fires and dogs.
Jeannie has contacted me to say the dog and the yellow bender tent
next to the red and white van belonged to her.
powered tea stall. That's a kettle at the focus of the dish. It
worked as well!
was spent getting hammered of course. Here the drug is beer.
was Daves van. I first met this guy in the early 80's and gave him
the nickname "Proto Hippy", because it seemed to me he
was going to grow up to be a real one. When he did of course, he
became known as "Proto". Others called him Womble, because
he collected tat in huge quantities.
spent many an evening visiting Dave in his van, and I have many
happy memories of sitting around his wood burner stove on cold winter
nights. These days he's known as Dave again.
the prices ...
always enjoyed the nighttime at free festivals, it was the time
when strange things happened and nobody minded too much, well you
sort of expected them. Things went in much the same way as they
do in a chill-out room at a good party these days.
over the travellers vehicles.
know the feeling ....
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