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Bickershaw Festival

Mud and music at Wigan's answer to Woodstock.

Amateur film 1972 19 mins Silent

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Notable for the miserable weather and gallons of mud - impressive even by Glastonbury standards - the Bickershaw Festival was also notable for its quality line-up. Acts such as The Grateful Dead, Captain Beefheart, Hawkwind and The Kinks were a great attraction, and filmmaker Frank Rigby records how thousands of music fans turned up in a field in Wigan for an experience it would be hard to forget.