"Being a history ( of sorts ) of commercial rock festivals of the United
Kingdom , from 1961 to 1975 and of the free festivals and concerts of the
United Kingdom , from 1967-1990."
A gigantic labour of love. Images, photos, reports and memories covering a wide
range of outdoor festivals.
The initial impulse for creating these pages on the fairs came from contact
with Dave (AKA Great White Shark) creator/curator of The Archive. He was
aiming to include the East Anglian Fairs in the Archive but I felt that his
emphasis on music made it the wrong home for a history of the fairs, since
theatre, clowning and other popular arts were of equal importance at those
The Archive is the home of :
Tibetan Ukranian Mountain Troupe Diaries - which include in their itinary several fairs of the early 80s.
Published for the last 21 years Festival Eye contains the definitive listing of
camps, festivals & other outdoor events in the UK together with reviews,
beautiful artwork & photography.
Albion Kids Show
- Mobile Play in Hackney
A fragment that is forever Albion. Ted took over running the kids area of the
fairs in the run up to the 1979 season. Meanwhile someone living in an old
showman's wagon at Rougham left their washing to dry over the woodstove. The
fire that followed left a floor on wheels which Ted turned into the Playship.
Albion Kids Show was born.
In late 1981, after a summer on the road Ted, Dinah and family settled on
Morningside Estate in Hackney, and by 1983 the Kids Show had become Hackney's
official mobile play project. Now more than 20 years later, Ted and Dinah long
moved on, the Kids Show continues to operate for the pleasure of young
The Story of Magic Ox
Fairgoers turned fair performers, their tale from 1981-1982, with pix from many of the 1982 events
The Digger Archives
The San Francisco Diggers 1966-1968 and beyond...
"...an ongoing Web project to preserve and present the history of the anarchist
guerilla street theater group that challenged the emerging Counterculture of
the Sixties and whose actions and ideals inspired (and continue to inspire) a
generation (of all ages) to create models of Free Association." The radical
core of the original hippie movement.
The Albion Clubs
Joint website of the Albion Vehicle Preservation Trust and the Biggar Albion Foundation
The Albion Fairs logo was copied from that of the much admired Albion Motor company.