Roy Harper – Celebrating 50 years of monumental classics including McGoohan’s Blues – De La Warr Pavilion 14th March 2019

Renowned folk singer-songwriter Roy Harper will be gracing the stage of the De La Warr Pavilion next March when he embarks on his major UK tour celebrating 50 years of classic tracks, including famed epic McGoohan’s Blues from his 1968 album Folkjokeopus.

One of the very few surviving singer-songwriters from the counterculture of the 60’s, his career has spanned six decades. He has enjoyed collaborations with and tributes from many of his contemporaries, including Led Zeppelin, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson and many more with Fleet Foxes, Joanna Newsom and Johnny Marr affirmed fans.

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Radio Luxembourg 30th July 1976 Hastings Pier Mark Wesley and Jigsaw & Radio One Road Show 1975

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Peter Pursglove…..,do you remember when the radio one jocks did the Pier ,i was working there for most of them ,peter Powell ,Tony Blackburn ,D.L.T

Alan Esdaile…..Remember it well. They also used to have beach road shows opposite the De Luxe Bingo. Used to book out DLT a lot when Paul was operating from a garden shed in his sisters house. Woodlice and spiders climbing the walls, couldn’t hear anything if it rained due to plastic roof, cockerel sounding off next door but still managed to book some of the top acts of the day.

Perri Anne Haste…..I seem to remember ‘ Diddy ‘ David Hamilton hosting a roadshow down the Crypt in about 1975 if my memory serves me well – The night in question was attended by an extremely intoxicated bloke wandering around completely stark bollock naked! – much to the amusement of all the other revellers! – nobody seemed to mind & just let him get on with it!!


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John Austin…..Peter Powell asked me up on stage to do a spot once, then invited me up to his breakfast show on Radio one.

Ralph Town…..Me and the missus saw Simon Bates down on the pier once

Alan Esdaile….I remember seeing David Hamilton at The Radio One Club in Regents Street. He introduced Slade and they played ‘Get Down & Get With It’.

Nick Prince… Does anyone else remember when the Radio One Road Show used to come to Hastings? The one I saw was about 1976 and was held on the beach where the Pelham Place car park is. David Hamilton was the DJ, I’m sure. Did Our Kid really manage to sing live? or is this my imagination running away with itself?

Mark Randall… Yep, I was there. I had bought Frampton Comes Alive on cassette and had to wait ’til I returned home Tonbridge after the week’s holiday. Mum packed two suitcases: one for clothes for 4 of us, the other filled with tinned food ….. And teabags

Deirdre Sears… Anyone remember if Radio Luxembourg did a Road Show in Bournemouth August 1975?

The Troggs, Unit 4 plus 2, Pinkertons Assorted Colours – Hastings Pier 5th July 1969

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Sarah Harvey…Its hard to imagine such low key advertisements for such bands these days but you can’t deny that Sunday nights were a lot more lively in 1969.

Yvonne Cleland… Wild Thing one of the best!  Hank Wangford did a great live version of this. As of course, did J. H!

Jenny Tyler… I  was there. It was great. X

Linda Day… I was there too

Stuart Moir… That’s when Hastings was one of the the country’s top venues

Mick O’Dowd… Too true Stuart. Also a hotbed of musical talent.

Carol Arnold… ahhhh i was there.

Gavin Martin… “Your pants are low and your hips are showing…” a precog of the Hoxton hipster, 45 years upfront.

Gerry this the Pop dance that the Troggs never made and we ended up with the brilliant Mindbenders instead?

Alan Esdaile… Not sure Gerry as did not go to this one. The other dates I had that they played the pier are 7th August 1966, 16th July 1967. Andre might be able to confirm?

Pete Fairless… Not immediately able to check dates for you, Alan. At least one will have been a no-show, I think.

Mick O’Dowd… We don’t have “Grand Pop Dances” like we used to do we.

Gerry Fortsch… Maybe we should, it would be fab man

Mick O’Dowd… Really groovy and far out man!