1970 was the year of festivals …
Scarce programme & even rarer handbill. The original Bath Festival of Blues in 1969, took place at the Bath Recreation Grounds, then relocated to The Bath & West Show ground Festival 1o mins drive outside Shepton Mallet.
This festival, is thought to have inspired Michael Eavis to open up his Worthy dairy farm 3 month later for what became remembered as the the first ‘Glastonbury’ festival on Saturday 19 September 1970.
While both the show ground and Worthy farm are equidistant from Glastonbury ‘the place’ & and the Tor, the idea of linking a festival to the mythological isle of Avalon had yet to happen and the first Worthy farm event was billed as the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival not ‘Glastonbury’.
Jeff Dexter, who booked the main acts for Pilton Pop, (such as his old his old friend Marc Bolan as Tyrannosaurus Rex) : “Eavis passed off with ‘Pilton Pop, Folk & Blues Festival’ at Shepton Mallet with no mention of Glastonbury as a dairy farmer he had no idea what ‘Glastonbury’ meant to our generation!“.
Apparently Zappa stopped off to look at Stonehenge on route….
So, despite the amazing line up, the Bath Festival of Blues has been somewhat overshadowed by Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight Festivals in the history of such events. This is a 50 page magazine style programme, with a full pages on most of the main artist + adverts more latest LPs.
Programme : VG “used” = complete, a few curled corners, no significant tears or creases.
Handbill : VG : Previously folded, see reverse for every blemish & pin holes. However it has benefited from being professionally flattened in paper press and displays well from the front.