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Good times at The Malvern Winter Gardens

Ian was a regular at gigs staged at The Malvern Winter Gardens in the '70s and '80s - he now lives in New Zealand, but has never forgotten the bands he saw.

Many thanks for setting up this site, it's long overdue - finally I can explain to others (and remember for myself!) just what damned good times were had at those gigs.

I used to hitch out from Worcester to Malvern on the afternoon of the gigs, always full of anticipation and excitement.

The Stranglers

Sometimes there would be a dozen or so kids hitching at the Worcester roundabout.

Once my mate and I scored a lift in a Rolls Royce, that dropped us off just up the road from the Winter Gardens entrance!

I was fortunate enough to be part of a group of young people who looked after each other, and valued each other's friendship, as well as enjoying living the experience of the music and the times that went with it... golden years.

For the record, I was at: Mott the Hoople 1972, Van Der Graaf 1972, Thin Lizzy, Cockney Rebel 1974, Barclay James Harvest 1975, the Damned 1976 (yuck), The Stranglers 1977 (THAT was a gig), Siouxie and the Banshees 1978, (supported by Lena Lovitch if I remember correctly).

Curved air ticket

I saw other great bands there too, I can't remember which year/sequence, but I remember the sights feel and sound of:

  •  Status Quo (loud, long hair and denim patches - rockin all over the world, great stuff).
  • Argent (a beautiful melodic performance of Nexus, with waxed honey vocals).
  • Emerson Lake and Palmer mooged and rocked us to pieces - Ooh what a lucky man.
  • Hawkwind, who belonged to another planet.
  • King Crimson, who lived on one.
  • Home, who prog rocked into the night and weren't allowed to finish their set.
  • Curved Air, whose singer talked about a Beatles reunion, and wore a lovely split front crushed velvet top.
  • Leo Sayer, who surprised us with his soaring vocals and energy (and who is still gigging and living in Australia).
  • Rory Gallagher, who blew the roof off with Bullfrog Blues (how did he get so much raw power out of such basic equipment? And, oh man, those check shirts!!
  • The Strawbs (eminently forgettable).
  • And last, but not least, the mighty GroundHogs, with TS McPhee.
Cherry Red poster

Poster for the first ever Cherry Red gig

I went to a lot of other concerts and festivals throughout the seventies, but the Winter Gardens always held a special place in my heart.

Great acoustics, friendly staff, decent prices for a reasonable pint of beer,  and we kind of belonged.

Did I really dance around with green cotton loon pants, a white cheesecloth shirt, and white clogs with a black maltese cross on them??  -  All the young dudes!!

If you have a story about gigs you've seen in Herefordshire or Worcester, or about meeting a rock music legend, then we'd love to hear you story.

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