flyer supplied by Stephen Kolimbarides and ticket from Mick O’Dowd .Hastings Observer reports from Andre Palfrey-martin collection
Alan Esdaile….Another great find, Andre. Did you go to this gig? I’m sure I remember lots of people complaining in the following weeks Observer about fans walking over their plants and pissing in their gardens?
Andre Martin….Yes you are right – I think that Pilot Road Residents petitioned the council to try and get this stopped, or something to prevent any further similar activities, I not sure if I have that copy, but will try and find. I don’t think I was at this because I have no memories, stories to tell.
Mick Knights….Was also there, felt sorry for the people who came from london and had to find out the hard way how far it was from the station to the Pilot Field, only then to find out there was no bar and of course no idea where the nearest pub was, seem to remember the Beaconsfield had on of their best bank holidays!!! Arthur Brown really did steal the show, it was the first time I heard the story of the kind woman and the snake
John Wilde…. I was there, with flowers in my hair! it was a great day for us locals. I was one of those that added “a mystic flavour” to the event.
Bob Cockburn….yeh..I went as well…DDBM&T weren’t good but Geno & Arthur were……..isn’t 10/- worth about £25,000 these days !!
Chris Sambrook….remember the Pilot Field open air gig. Brilliant timing right in the middle of the Summer of Love 1967, the demise of Pirate Radio and the release of Sgt Pepper, although only 14 at the time of this gig, for me, was unique. The highlights for me where Crazy World of Arthur Brown pre that hit single and already making a reputation and Winston’s Fumbs who were quite ‘heavy’ before the term was used really. This is where i become confused. Jimmy Winston was the original keyboard player with the Small Faces, but i seem to remember that Tony Kaye who later went on to join Yes had played keyboards. Or perhaps not. Geno Washington and the Ram Jam band had made their reputation as a live band, Soul music wasn’t my thing at the time but had to admit they were great. Not mentioned on the poster, i thought had Orange Bicycle played? There you go the old memory playing tricks again.
Andre Martin….Robb Storm became Orange Bicycle about this time, so it was quite on the cards they were booked as advertised, but appeared on the day as Orange Bicycle.
Bernard Jeffery….yes they were orange bicycle, played some beach boys songs I think.
Mick Mepham…..Doh! Another gig I was too young to go to …….
Pete Fairless…. I was talking with my brother about this gig. It was one of the first he went to – he would have been 14. He said, Arthur Brown was the highlight (literally!)…
Classic recordings of Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band from Beat Club
Andre Martin….Great Raw live action Geno & the Ram Jam Band were good at this.
Mick Knights…..The only thing advertised that didn’t appear was the bar, the first and only dry festival I’ve ever been to. It was a long hike to The Beaconsfield to get a pint!!! As I remember it, the Pilot Field advertised the bar before applying for it, so the when they did the bench refused. The only way you could get a beer was to be a member of Hastings United Football club, I recall the few that were, were rather smug about it!!!!
Andre Martin…..The effective combination of the Licencing Committee, The Council & The Police, same Chief Constable as in 1964 and I think the Chair of the Magistrates Bench was the same – so nothing surprising there !!
Yvonne Cleland… What a line-up! In old money, so I would have been too young!
Mick O’Dowd… Yes I was there with the rest of Deep Purple (Hastings) and it was the first time I saw Arthur Brown. Geno Washington & Ram Jam Band was my man of the match!
Peter Gladwish… I was there! If I remember correctly, The Kinks were rather late arriving. I stood next to Dave Davies whilst The Kinks were playing and had a chat about his ‘Flying V’ guitar, which I had not seen before. He said it was really a ‘rubbish’ guitar to play but looked good on stage! There’s an admission. Gino Washington & The Ram Jam Band were brilliant. What a fantastic line-up for just ten bob ……. and in Hastings!!! A once in a lifetime experience.
Linda Day… yes i was there
Sylvia Sinden… i was there too
Peter Millington… Yep I was there in short trousers (liar)
Chris Giles… I was too young …would have been brilliant to have been there.
Peter Horton… Yes I was there with Mick O’Dowd and my brother Mike Horton. Mike and I came over on my trusty Royal Enfield Bullet motor bike from Bexhill. I had decorated my bike with flowers and although I had my leather jacket on I was wearing a Kaftan and flowers and bells underneath. We got some strange looks on the way over from Bexhill. Mixed up but great fun. What a day. My wife Irene was also there with a group of friends from Maidstone. I didn’t know her then, but they all had to go early as they were on a coach and The Kinks were very late. They may have seen part of the act. I remember that it became very misty and cold in the evening although it been a very hot sunny day. Unfortunately this was the one and only festival as the local residents blocks any chance of a repeat concert at The Pilot Field, although this had been a Speedway track at one time.
Jenny Tyler… I was there too, Lin. I had my bell around my neck, flower power and all that. X
Jo Turner… Looks fun
Alan Mitchell… Geno Washington was great !
Pete Fisher… We lived in Fairlight Road back then, and you could hear the music pretty well even from there…remember hanging out of my bedroom window listening, as I was too young to go…someone missed the spelling mistake on the poster – should be Elphinstone Road!! Magic times…
Mick O’Dowd… Our first and last festival in Hastings! Only because someone peed in a neighbours garden and of course the “attrocious” noise and “unclean” people.
Jo Turner… You forget the Ore pop festival 70s
Andre Martin… Remember the date well not because of the Pilot Field,was working at The Continental in Eastbourne that weekend with some soul and Motown sounds.
Brian Lowe… Yes was there it made a big impression on me i went and bought a drum kit and played in local groups Thunder road. loved the kinks and the atmosphere i can still smell the incense
Sandie Carlyon… Thanks so much. Happy memories. There was a Beach Boys tribute band there called Orange Bicycle.