Was the age of the pop festival over already, in summer 1973?

Some felt they were now too organised and lacked soul, others lamented the sanitary facilities

‘Many people have been saying the days of the pop festival are over,’ starts an Observer Magazine access-all-areas investigation from 15 July 1973. With only two proper festivals in prospect for the year, was the Woodstock moment over?

Money, venue and weather hassles would be familiar to today’s promoters, as would accusations of selling out. ‘The amateurs say my festivals are “too well-organised man; not enough soul,”’ complained Harold Pemberton, organiser of a new one in Reading (would it catch on?) ‘I say where’s the soul in shitting in the mud?’

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