Beat Rave with The Suspects, The Springbeats and Mud Mulligans Big Boss Band – Hastings Pier 15th April 1967

Dave Nattress… As well as these gigs at Hastings Pier, as remarked before, these events called Beat Raves, were often also presented (and billed as such), at the De La Warr, Bexhill. I started attending them in about 1968 when I was 15, but there wasn’t a lot of raving back then, and of course “Rave” much, much later, actually did become pretty much just that aided for some by funny little tablets. But the raving in Bexhill was assisted by gallons of weak beer and that was about it back in the 60’s in Bexhill. I didn’t get to Hastings Pier for gigs until about 1970 and certainly the beer on offer there was well watered down – a lot was needed before any raving went on!

Dakka Dakka Dakka featuring Andy Gunton on drums – Dreamworld single 1986.

Andy Gunton…Today we bring you the freshly digitised version of ‘Dreamworld’, the A Side of the single released in mid 1986. The B Side ‘Leather Jeans’ will be coming in due course.


supplied by Andy Gunton… Tonbridge local press cutting from 1985.


supplied by Andy Gunton… Rehearsal photo from c1982. Taken in the oast house that we used to rehearse in. It was also used at that time by The Anti Nowhere League. Boy, did that place get cold in the winter!

Peter Russell…. Hey. Just stumbled across this. I was looking for some pics of my best friend who was your bassist for a short while and died in a bike crash. Mark Brown. He left a group Tuesday Town to join you.

Andy Gunton… We never has a bass player called Mark Brown. The bass player throughout the history of the band was called Keith Edwards. We did try out several singers before finally getting Phil Alamo. who is in this video & who sadly died a few years ago. I’m sure I remember the name Tuesday Town though 🙂

Peter Russell… Hmmm strange. I saw Mark playing with Dakka at the rock garden I think it was? Maybe dingwalls. Phil went to marks funeral on that old moto guzzi he used to ride. I’ll dig out some pics if you like. I used to do all the promo stuff and handouts for Tuesday town.

Andrew… Hi Peter, I was the guitarist in Dakka Mk 2 – I’ve got a few photos of Mark. I probably met you at the funeral with Phil.

Peter Russell… Wow, unexpected email… I remember Alamo turning up on his Moto Guzzi at the funeral and Let it be being played as if it were yesterday. Must be 30 years ago.

Andrew… I’d not googled Dakka for a few years, so hadn’t seen this site before, hence unexpected email! I was a bit surprised with the response from Andy as I thought it was common knowledge that Phil had put a ‘new’ Dakka together with Mark? Yes, I think it was 1987 – it was incredibly tragic as we’d played a gig the night before the accident and Mark was excited about picking up his new Kawasaki the following day…… I’ve got a few band photos in the loft somewhere – i can dig them out and scan/email them to you if you want?

The Temperance Seven performing on Hastings Pier on 14th April 1962


Photo by Anthony Morland. Supplied by Pete Millington.

Colin Fox… Saw them in a club in Sunderland when we were touring the north east in early 1970’s. Unfortunately not many people in the club, but they were brilliant and very funny.

Iain Cobby… Does that mean that the great Peter Grant who was their road manager later to be Led Zeppelin’s guru walked the boards of the Pier?

Mike O’Dowd… Skiddy-iddy-iddy……… For the uninformed who think i’ve finally lost it. the lyrics from the b-side of Pasadena single entitled Sugar.

Pauline Richards… Temperance 7 that’s a blast from the past!!

Bob Dylan Blackbushe Aerodrome 1978

photo: Wymer UK

Wymer UK… in 1978 esteemed concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith put on the single biggest, paid one day concert in UK history at the Blackbushe Aerodrome in Surrey with some estimates putting the audience figure at around 250,000. Goldsmith still considers it the high point of his career: “The best event I’ve been involved in was a performance from Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton at Blackbushe Aerodrome. Crammed full of glorious, largely, previously unpublished colour photos of Dylan, Clapton, Armatrading and Parker, the book also covers each performance with memorabilia, stories, reviews, anecdotes and memories from the artists and audience alike.Order your copy here and use CODE: BOB1 AND GET 25% 0FF and GET YOUR NAME ON A DEDICATED FAN PAGE TOO…

Paul Morfey… I was there!!

Pauline Sims… I lived nearby and heard most of the concert!

Tim Moose Bruce… What a gig! Took 5 hours to get there 2 up on a moped from Bexhill. I remember seeing tv cameras on the stage filming it so there must be some footage of this somewhere. Graham Parker opened the show. Then Eric Clapton. Joan Armatrading next and finally Bob Dylan. All acts were brilliant. To get a feel of Dylans set, listen to his Live at the Budokan album. From the same tour which was just after Street Legal was released.

Tim Moose Bruce… Did anyone go to the 1984 Wembley Stadium gig? Also on the bill were UB40 and Santana. When Dylan came on , a load of “gatecrasher” celebs joined in on various songs, including Eric Clapton, Chrissie Hynde and Van Morrison.

Robert Searle… I was there,great day,still got my programme and ticket. At Blackbushe that is.

Tim Moose Bruce… The next time I saw Dylan was 1987 at Wembley arena. The day after the Hurricane. Support act was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The Heartbreakers were the backing band for Bob Dylan. My brother went the following night and there was a.guest appearance by George Harrison.

Neil Partrick… I was at Wembley in 84, Tim. Being quite young 🙂 that was my first Dylan outing. I remember Morrison joining in on It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (ala his Them cover). Best parts for me were Dylan rockin’ out on stuff like Highway 61, with Mick Taylor to the fore. Lucky brother, Tim!

Glenn Piper… I, along with lots of other people, was there 😀 Took 2 hours to find the van after

Dave Burbridge… This was the day after my birthday so if you remember a hungover guy standing up and thanking everyone for coming to his party and then having things thrown at him….

Michael Park… I went up to Blackbushe in a hired red transit van from Hastings, started out with 6 of us, summat like 26 by the time i picked up hitchers along the way, security wanted to check in the back for cameras and stuff, opened the door and people spilled out ! we all kipped in ,on and under and around the van that night, i dropped loads of random people off all over the place after the concert. I still feel moved remembering when Dylan came back on acoustic, and 200,000 people all leapt to their feet, there were some hells angels gang beside us who had been sharing their spliffs with us and such, I looked at em , some had tears streaming down their faces. I did wembley 84 , gotta ringside view by climbing on the scaffolding/gantry on recording hut in front of stage. A scots guy was loudly shouting “how does it feel,bob”, all the time, i gotta bootleg later and you could hear him on it ! but was also a great concert

Jim Breeds… I went to a big do at Blackbushe once (70s, I guess), but it wasn’t this one. I can’t for the life of me think who I saw there ..

Yvonne Cleland… Blackbushe was an incredible day! I was there and the line-up was truly wonderful

Peter Woods… (In reply to Michael Park) I hitch-hiked from Witney in Oxfordshire there and back got back at about 3.00. Great day! While hitching the final leg from Oxford to Witney I managed to leave the mirror I bought on a park bench at the Woodstock road roundabout. I borrowed a mates car as soon as I got home and drove back to Oxford to retrieve the mirror. All these years later and the mirror is still hanging on my wall.

Sue Singleton… Great story Peter !  I too was there  and I too have a mirror, and a programme and a badge.  Should be worth quite a bit these days as I can’t find anyone selling a mirror anywhere!  Have told my daughter it’s worth some money.  She was there too, aged 6 months !

Glenn Piper… I remember it, well mostly 😁 early evening with large balloons floating off into the glorious sunset oh the memories

Peter Howard… I was there 🙂 well, some of the time, Red Star LSD I seem to remember, and I kept getting stopped by people who thought I was Graham Parker as I wandered round the site with my pal (who looked like a bodyguard) in my shades, leather jeans and big nose. Happy days.

Mike Waghorne… I was also one of the 250000 people there !

Robert Searle… I know Mike, it was a great day and night. As soon as Bob started singing, that was it, fantastic.

Martin Stringer… I was there.

Richie Gudgeon… I was there see Eric Clapton though binoculars

Diane Knight… So was I !!!

Samantha’s Club – New Burlington Street. What clubs and venues do you remember in London? Tiffanys Club and Gullivers People chat.


All images supplied by Colin Bell

Colin Bell… I was looking for something in my archives (I must organise them one day!) and came across this. I was struck by the artwork and how creative it was then. Samantha’s was in a basement off Regent Street and I was introduced to it on a night out with Clem (from the Foundations) and Jimmy James, from memory  it was around late 1969 early 1970. A great place with soul bands appearing and the D.J. ‘booth’ was the body of an E Type Jag (very swinging sixties). Drinks 2/6d! You could get well pissed for a coupla quid! I was lucky enough at that time to have the use of a mate’s flat in Berwick Street Soho, ideally placed to go to all the great clubs. Many hours spent at the Marquee, Whisky-a-go-go, the Flamingo, Middle Earth and Hatchetts in Piccadilly, a great club over 3 floors with a chill out bar level, a restaurant with a glass wall overlooking the ‘disco’ floor. I’d be interested to hear any memories of this period from other Smart members? Great times and great memories…………..

Alan Esdaile… Happy days in Wardour Street at The Marquee. Also the Speakeasy. Also remember auditioning bands at Tiffanys nightclub in Shaftesbury Avenue and a club in Piccadilly with the disco on the top floor, mirrored lift and the club had records stuck to the wall. 100 club, Roxy, Ronnie Scotts etc.

Peter Fairless… Went to some dodgy, some good clubs in London. Some were very dodgy but very good! Can’t remember all the names but most of those listed above.

Steve Gage… My mate Ray was a bouncer at Samanthas where are you now mate??? 🙂

Mick O’Dowd… Went to The Q Club in Paddington after seeing James Brown at The Rainbow in the 70’s I think. JB turned up after we got there and jammed with the band. Awesome!

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