All Star Charity Show – Dora Bryan and others. De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill 27th August 1967

Martin Richter… interesting line-up

Roy Penfold… Many household names, still known even today!

Martin Richter… a surprising running order ?

Roy Penfold… True, but it could be in order that the celebrities were ranked in 1967. With Vera Lynn 5th in the line-up it is impossible to say whether best-to-least known or vice-versa…. Unless David Jacobs being after Vera Lynn was a late substitution (and should have been before her), or a typo, then it would be in alphabetical order of surname….

Mick O’Dowd… “All I Want For Christmas is a Beatle”

José Feliciano – (Rye International Jazz Festival) De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill 8th May 2020

José Feliciano is a true music legend, nine-time GRAMMY award-winning artist including lifetime achievement honours, plus multiple other nominations with over seventy million record sales worldwide.

José Feliciano has released more than sixty albums in both English and Spanish, on a variety of labels, collaborating with an extraordinary array of artists. José became a household name with his cover of The Doors’ Light My Fire but he’s also a classical composer and has been called “the greatest living guitarist” by critics worldwide.

More information & tickets… https://www.dlwp.com/event/jose-feliciano/

Paul Crimin… I met him once. Very nice man.

Booker T Jones – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill 9th May 2020


Rye International Jazz Festival presents… Booker T, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, winner of four GRAMMY Awards and recipient of a GRAMMY Award for Lifetime Achievement, Hammond B3 organ.

Join us at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Saturday 9th May to see one of the most acclaimed, respected and legendary American multi-instrumentalist, songwriters, record producers, and arrangers.

For tickets and information https://www.dlwp.com/event/booker-t-jones/

Osibisa – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill – 1975

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supplied by Mick Mepham

Mick O’Dowd…….Brilliant band! Anybody got any pics/info on The Famous Rondini Brothers. They were so famous I can’t remember them!

Peter Pursglove……Did security for Osibisa at the De la warr ,excellent night but a sitting down concert just did’nt seem to work for me. We also did a gig for Paul Casson and Joe Devito up in Sussex or Kent with Curved Air they were really good.

Alan Esdaile…..That was Chatham Town Hall, Peter and you probably also did Baker Gurvitz Army at the same venue?

Peter Pursglove……One of the bands was either German or Dutch and they were good too.

Alan Esdaile….The dutch band your thinking of Pete, might have been Thijs van Leer, the guy that was in the band Focus? I remember seeing someone playing a hammond organ literally throwing it around the stage as he played it and panic set in a couple of times when it looked like it was going to roll into the audience.

Julie Morris… Even mentions Supertramp – one of my favourite shops. Talk about blast from the past! Think it was in Robertson Street.

Alan Esdaile… Well remember Julie. Yes it was in Robertson Street, a few doors along from what was Hall’s the shoe shop

The Clockwork Oranges and The Maze – Beat Rave – De La Warr Pavilion 8th November 1967

Andy Qunta… Beat Rave! What a great phrase that is!

Alan Esdaile.. from Wikipedia… Origin of ‘rave’ (1950s–1970s) In the late 1950s in London, England the term “rave” was used to describe the “wild bohemian parties” of the Soho beatnik set.[2] In 1958, Buddy Holly recorded the hit “Rave On,” citing the madness and frenzy of a feeling and the desire for it never to end.[3] The word “rave” was later used in the burgeoning mod youth culture of the early 1960s as the way to describe any wild party in general. People who were gregarious party animals were described as “ravers”. Pop musicians such as Steve Marriott of The Small Faces and Keith Moon of The Who were self-described “ravers”.

Andy Qunta… Thanks for that, Alan! All hail to the ravers!

Dave Nattress… As I’ve remarked before “Raves” – (Beat Raves) and Bexhill never seemed to make sense. Can you imagine much in Bexhill raving? But that’s what the concerts were called for years and I don’t think any of the bands that appeared there were exactly ravers either back then. I don’t mean this disrespectfully I promise as I started creeping in to raves at about 15 in 1968. There were certainly a few biggish names appearing for sure – mainly pop. I saw The Consortium – “All the love in the world” and I think Chickory Tip – “Son of my father” and others. Probably managed half a pint of Watney’s Red Barrel as well on occasions before getting sussed. For me, and I’ve said this before, undoubtedly the best band I saw there was T2 supported by Bexhill’s own Kult. Mesmerising stuff – I’m back there right now!!

The Average White Band – Person To Person Tour – De La Warr Pavilion rescheduled 17th May 2020

The Average White Band are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music.  Best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit Pick Up the Pieces the band’s strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi- grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records.

For tickets and more information… https://www.dlwp.com/event/the-average-white-band-2020/