down to Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire 5 hours later than planned,
and got as much of the gear set up as we could, sad to say there
was little room on the stage for the lightshow due to the
enormous amount of guitars, 3 drum kits, weird electronic
analog gear and huge number of musicians, this was going
to be quite a show.
up having to lose the overhead projector, op art patterns and
bubbles, but sorted through our lighting effects and chose
the best ones we could use for the show.
was HUGE, an old time cinema which lent itself very well to
the festivities. A huge cross section of the Hebden Bridge
community descended onto the venue for the show, Freaks, families,
old people, young people, hippies and music lovers soon filled
the picture house.
on stage was Richard "Kid" Strange who performed
an acoustic set and also read tales of strange acid trips
and cannibalism, performed like Edgar Allen Poe on mushrooms.
A few people shouted requests and he seemed to think he was
being heckled which was quite amusing, still he went down
Hewitt the organiser and all round good guy from Ozit/Morpheus
records was MC for the evening and he really has a passion
for the music and spirit of the free festivals of the 70s.
He puts on these shows in the tradition of the festivals,
and he is a truly genuine guy.
on between bands and would share his ideas and philosophy
with the audience before introducing the next act.
came on and played their acoustic/chilled out percussion vibe
to a greatly enthusiastic audience, many of whom were obviously
long time fans of the group, and there were loads of people
up dancing to their mellowed out tunes. We fired some oil
projections onto the backdrop to add some visuals to their
up were Dylan Edwards and Gemma Burgoyne who played another
acoustic set, very short, but sang a really lovely version
of Mr Tambourine Man and Dylan played Wonderwall, again the
whole audience joined in and danced, and they got the biggest
cheer of the night so far.
These two were son and daughter of the late Dave Edwards and
the late Andy Burgoyne who were hippies from Rochdale and
were instrumental in the legendary Deeply Dale Free Festivals
of the seventies (that featured Tractor and Nik Turner attended).
Mr Hewitt came back on stage and informed the audience that
aliens were in the building, accompanied by the analog bleeps
and throbs from the synths of Jim Hawkman, Space Ritual were
about to begin.
began to play, 2 drummers, 2 guitarists, bass guitar and synths
began to take shape, then the weird squeaks and toots became
more coherent as Nik Turner took to the stage in his spiky
alien bug costume.
The the band
burst into BORN TO GO, and they were joined by 2 exotic dancers,
and a very strange spaced out individual called Alice Rhubarb,
he was dressed in glitter and drag, and also sang and danced
throughout the show.
played for ages, and were totally brilliant. I've seen Hawkwind
many times, but I was too young to have seen them in the early
70s (my first Hawks gig was actually 89) I have seen footage
of the early days though, and the Space Ritual experience
was pretty much how I would have imagined it.
of the evening for me was ORGONE ACCUMULATOR, it was pure
space, riding on a good groove, and got everyone going big
played far too many good tunes for me to remember them all,
and we had great fun adding the visuals to it, particularly
after Blakey (I 'ate you Butler) the guy in charge of the
Par Cans etc and myself managed to get it together to look
as good as Orgone was SILVER MACHINE, I know it's the one
everyone knows, and has been played a million million times,
but this time we got to do the lightshow along with it so
it was brilliant for us. Also Nik did a kind of "Monster
Mash" type verse at the beginning before bursting into
the first verse which really added to the song and made it
hundreds of times better.
had great fun at the gig, and I hope to get back with the
Greasy Truckers Party again soon for more psychedelic fun.
final note, and I ain't taking sides in this, there is room
for both bands, Nik and Dave's, both are brilliant, and I
personally hope there's a happy ending to all the bad
you go, a great night, top buzz for the Electric Freak Out
boys, and we even got a mention on the T Shirts...YES!!
- BEANO (Electric
Freak Out Lightshow) - October
Deeply Dale info - Courtesy Chris Hewitt - Oz
IT Morpheus Records