A blast from the past: remembering the Sunbury Rock Festival

A collection of pics recalling the rock festival known as ‘Australia’s Woodstock’.

Did you attend any of these festivals? Which was your favourite band? Can you recount your experience?


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    6th Nov 2017
    WE were cool man. I played in a band in the Hoadleys battle of the sounds.
    6th Nov 2017
    Queen were booed off the Stage,the crowed tried to do the same to J'OK but he defied them and kept going till he won them over.

    6th Nov 2017
    It was just a "boys" club. Women were pretty much excluded from performing (with only a few exceptions).
    6th Nov 2017
    Jim B ,there were VERY few females around in those days.They had to be available at the time,their Management had to be on side and they had to have backing Musos.
    6th Nov 2017
    I was there in ‘75. Waited all day for Deep Purple to come on. When they announced them, I was beside myself with anticipation. 2nd row from stage. They walked onto the stage to tremendous applause and some bloody mongrel slipped in the mud grabbing my arm on his way down. There I was, covered head to toe in mud. My boyfriend was shot with an ‘air pistol’ or something like that which appently hurt, so we left. Big bummer.
    6th Nov 2017
    I was there in 1974 and still remember it fondly. Drank beer and wine non stop. We would throw the grog over the fence to our runners waiting on the inside. It was bloody hard getting back up that hill to our van at the end of the day.
    7th Nov 2017
    Actually as Woodstock was the first, Ourimbah is the first Australian Rock Festival a full 2 years earlier. Max Merrit Slippin Away and Wendy Saddington Wheels on Fire and Doug Parkinson and Jeff St John and the ID . Bloody glorious!
    7th Nov 2017
    There was a small one at Toolern Vale/Rockbank before Sunbury!
    7th Nov 2017
    It was fun freedom and some of the funniest recollections. Here's one....guys used to walk around naked with just the cap off the top of a watermelon with a couple of holes in the top and string threaded through tied around the back. That acted as a cover till a girl walked past and they flicked the sides of the string the cap popped up exposing their wares. They got a lot of laughs but no one locked them up. Try doing that now you would be. I don't think we will ever see that kind of freedom ever again.

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