Bardney Pop Festivals

1972 Pop Festival Promotion

1972 Pop Festival Promotion


  • On a bright and sunny Saturday, 24th July 1971, Frederick Bannister Productions Ltd, staged a very successful concert of ‘Contemporary and Traditional Folk Music’, at Tupholme Manor Park.
  • Trains and coaches were overwhelmed with travellers attending this one-day festival. Hudson’s Bus Company and Pilgrim Tours were operating a shuttle service from Lincoln station.
  • The crowd was estimated at 60,000, by Bill Hardy, the local farmer on whose land the event was held, with visitors from as far as Australia and New Zealand.
  • Tickets for the day were £2-00p.
  • The list of UK and American artists included:
  • Buffy Sainte Marie
  • Dave Swarbrick and Martin Carthy
  • Dion
  • Incredible String Band
  • James Taylor
  • Pentangle
  • Ralph McTell
  • Sandy Denny
  • Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
  • Steeleye Span
  • The Byrds
  • Tim Hardin
  • Tom Paxton (did not attend)
  • The Byrds, who arrived late, by surprise, were going to play an acoustic set, but because of the fantastic way they went down playing electric at the previous year's Bath Festival, they again stole the show by being the only band to play an electric set, on the day.
  • It was described as a very successful, trouble-free event.



  • Up to 40,000 pop pilgrims descended on Bardney (Tupholme) over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend of 26th – 29th May 1972 to pay homage to their pop idols. As the pop event momentum gained, so did the freezing wind and rain, which lashed the site relentlessly. By Saturday the site was a quagmire, knee deep in mud.
  • The festival was organised by the Great Western Festival Company and backed by Lord Harlech and Stanley Baker. Worried villagers, landowners and councillors sought a High Court Injunction, to stop the event, without success. However, the Vicar, Peter Clarke, agreed to hold a bond of £10,000 pounds to pay for any damages caused by " hooligans."
  • Admission charges were:
  • Fri-Mon/£5.00p; Sat-Mon/£4.50p; Sun-Mon/£3.50p; Mon/£2.00p
  • Security arrangements for the festival included a 7,000-yard, 12ft-high corrugated metal fence with searchlights on top and a 300-strong security force, which consisted of members of the CID disguised as hippies.
  • The local Salvation Army and the Y.M.C.A. had stands to supply emergency food for anyone with no money.
  • Sleeping bags were available at 50 pence each and polythene sheeting was free.

1972 Itinerary Poster

  • The itinerary was as follows:
  • Friday May 26th: D J Bob Harris
  • Alexis Korner; Doctor Ross; Buddy Miles; Rory Gallagher;
  • Saturday May 27th: D J John Peel
  • Nazareth; Locomotive GT; Roxy Music; Heads, Hands and Feet; Wishbone Ash; Helen Reddy; The Strawbs; Stone the Crows; The Faces;
  • Sunday May 28th: D J John Peel
  • Natural Acoustic Band; Focus; Brewers Droop; Spencer Davis; Incredible String Band; Lindisfarne; Average White Band; Persuasions; Slade; Monty Python's Flying Circus; The Beach Boys;
  • Monday May 29th: D J John Peel
  • Jackson Heights; Atomic Rooster; Vinegar Joe; Sutherland Brothers; Genesis; Status Quo; Don McLean; Humble Pie; Sha Na Na; Joe Cocker;
  • Some travelled from as far away as Australia and New Zealand for the event, but not everyone stayed the course. It is reported that due to the weather, the weekend made a loss for the sponsors.



  • Held on Sunday 29th August 1999.
  • This festival, held once again on the Abbey field at Tupholme, was, in total contrast to the wet and windy 1972 affair. The day was sun-scorched and very hot. Thousands of revellers basked in, not only the weather, but a plethora of music from some of the best tribute bands around, including:

  • Abba Magic
  • The Bootleg Beatles
  • Me and my Shadows (Cliff Richard)
  • The Royal Family (Queen)
  • The Roy Orbison Experience
  • The Spice-e-girls
  • Jointly sponsored by Lincs FM, some of their radio presenters introduced the acts.
  • The show was organised by the Heritage Trust in partnership with the ArtSound and Leisure of Grantham, and Lincs FM.
  • As well as the main stage, a smaller acoustic marquee was be used by local bands. Accompanying the musical extravaganza were fairground rides, stall, exhibitions, food and drinks tents and a firework display to end the evening. The festival ran from noon until 10-30p.m.
  • Tickets fore the event cost £16-50p (adults); £6-50 (children) and £40 for a family.