Bob Marley & Johnny Nash – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill – were you there?

The De La Warr Pavilion… In 1972 Bob Marley played at the De La Warr Pavilion – were you there? As the De La Warr Pavilion prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of Bob Marley supporting Johnny Nash in Bexhill, we are keen to hear from anyone who may have been there, or knows anyone who was. Do you have an original ticket or poster? If so, we want to hear from you. Get in touch: & find out more on our blog:

Diane Patricia… Perhaps someone on here has some memorabilia from this gig?

Clive Garrard… Also the great Johnny Nash as well, i loved his music

Catherine Ireland… (Stephen Colyer) this is interesting. I know you arranged all the bands , and what a brilliant line up. But I believe the De la warr charged us so many extras we didn’t make much money for the Lions 😢 I think my step father Charles Brookes was President of the Lions at that time bless him , hope you are well xxx

Stephen Colyer… I arranged this whole show. As Head of Promotion at CBS Records UK my team and I were working with Johnny Nash and having successfully charted Johnny with the Bob Marley song ‘Stir It Up’ we then achieved the Number One spot in the Charts with ‘ I Can See Clearly’. When we visited your Mum and Charles he mentioned hoping to raise some funds for a swimming pool for children with special needs and physical challenges, so I offered to do whatever I could to help. Johnny who was No.1 at that time agreed to be the headline act and he also had his band join us who included John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick and yes, Bob Marley (Johnny & Bob were both Managed by Danny Sims). Another very successful act The Equals (that included Eddie Grant) also agreed to appear on the show. I then arranged for the high profile Radio One DJ The Emperor Rosko (Mike Pasternak) to be the Compere (Dave Most – the brother of Micky Most accompanied Rosko to the show). There were many complications and hurdles to overcome that day / evening and the bands were all brilliant, but the Management at the venue on this day created a dramatic behind the scenes conclusion to what otherwise was an amazing event, obviously long remembered on this anniversary of 50 years!!! 1972 – 2022. Wow, that brought back some memories.


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