[% META title = 'Knebworth Fayre 1985' %]

Memories of Knebworth

From: Garry Smith 
Date: Wed, 03 Jan 1996 23:03:03 
Message-ID: <792214948wnr@caleyjag.demon.co.uk>
In article: <4c65rt$buc@morse.ukonline.co.uk>
a.langley@ukonline.co.uk (Andrew Langley) writes:
> I would like to hear from people at the knebworth gig or anyone who
> saw purple on part of thier comeback 1984/1985 tour.
> I went to knebworth, It must of been one of the best gigs of my

Gawd, you must have been to some real bummers if that was one of the best!! ;-)


..wearing a lot of heavy clothes including a waterproof suit and still being bloody cold

..the wooden doors being torn off the toilets, and being burnt for warmth

..massive queues for tea and coffee - no queues for cold drinks

..struggling through the mud at the end while the fireworks were going off, thinking that this must have been what the First World War was like

..sleeping in the car for a few hours because the one road out was blocked

..getting up in the middle of the night a week later, because the BBC were broadcasting it all, starting in the evening - which meant Purple were on at about 3 in the morning.

I drive past Knebworth every day - I'm working nearby - so, much as I'd like to, I just can't forget it...

Had it been anything less than the second coming of Purple themselves then *no way* would I have stayed out in the cold and wet for twelve miserable hours. This, ladies and gentlemen, was midsummer - 22 June - in England.

BTW - either U2 or UB40 (I forget which) were playing a big outdoor gig at Milton Keynes that same day - I wonder how they got on?