Bickershawe Festival

Bickershawe Festival

In 1972 The Grateful Dead at the height of their fame, helped to create a unique event in a tiny village in the North of England. Organised by none other than future TV practical joker Jeremy Beadle, The Bickershaw Festival, which ran from the 5th to the 7th of May goes down as one of the most extraordinary happenings in the long history of live music in the UK. 

  • The festival is celebrated in a newly expanded and updated book, Bickershaw Festival – 50th Anniversary which is accompanied by a 6 CD boxed set.

Chris Hewitt, collector of vintage sound systems through his company, CH Vintage Audio, helped Beadle stage the event. The young Beadle contacted Hewitt who was promoting gigs at Rochdale college, to help sell tickets, put up posters and give away flyers.

Bickershaw Festival – 50 Year Anniversary – Book & 6 CD Set

The event also included Captain Beefheart, The Incredible String band, Country Joe, Captain Beyond, The Kinks, Cheech & Chong, Family and The Flamin’ Groovies!

Chris will be live in my Incoming radio Show in Wednesday night at 9 pm to discus the festival and the book & CD set. You can listen live here: or on the free Apple & Android Apps.

The book, which is packed with interviews, photographs and newspaper reviews from the festival is available from Hewitt’s Deeply Vale website – see below.

Chris Hewitt’s own website CH Vintage Audio Website

Chris is on Facebook

CH Vintage Audio is on Twitter

The book is published by Dandelion Records and is available to buy here:

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  1. Hi. Can you tell me/us what tracks are on the 6 CD boxed set? I’m assuming it was music recorded at the Festival. Is that correct?

    Cheers, Alistair


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