Good times at The Malvern Winter Gardens
by Ian Ryder
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.
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).
I saw other great bands there too, I can't remember which year/sequence, but I remember the sights feel and sound of:
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!!
last updated: 29/09/2009 at 12:25