Following on the heels of the 2015 limited run, six album and book box set that garnered fantastic reviews in a massive media response to its release from both the music press (Vive le Rock, R2, Record Collector, Uncut, Shindig etc) and national media (The Mirror, Sunday Observer, Big Issue , Independent, etc) comes this release, yet another labour of love for Deeply Vale festival organiser and this collections’ compiler, Chris Hewitt.
What we have now is a Deeply Vale and Gong reunion 12 hour dvd set filmed on the 40th Anniversary of the festival, in September 2016. With the sad departure in the last couple of years of Gong founders Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth, it is a priceless document of a reunion of several former Gong luminaries who got together for a short Sunday night jam at this event captured stunningly on DVD No. 3. The Gong jam features Steve Hillage, Miquette Giraudy, Mike Howlett, Steffe Sharpstrings and special guest Nik Turner.
Steve Hillage “Deeply Vale was slightly ahead of the Southern festivals as it introduced the fusion between the classic psychedelic festival movement and the new New Wave music”
In case you don’t know Deeply Vale was a classic 70s North West England free festival starting in 1976. In 1977 it was the first hippy festival to put punk bands on with hippy bands, growing like mad from 300 to 3000 then 20,000 over the four years it was in the original Deeply Vale valley.
20,000 hippies and punks watched Steve Hillage play on the final night of the 1978 festival
The Ruts were formed there, The Fall met Here and Now and Grant Showbiz there. The Fall played three years of the festival and went on anarchic hippy tours with Here and Now and Graham Massey’s (later of 808 State) Danny and The Dressmakers.
Mark E Smith (The Fall) “Deeply Vale was great to play, It was just up the road for us. I don’t like festivals but I loved Deeply Vale”
In the audience (but too young to perform) through the years of the festival as teenagers or younger, Deeply Vale festivals helped germinate the seeds of wanting to get into rock and roll for a whole raft of music fans, who all went on the make their own mark: Andy Kershaw, Ian Brown, Andy Rourke (Smiths), Dave Gedge (Wedding Present) , Boff Whalley,(Chumbawamba), Jimi Goodwin (Doves) aged 9, The Chameleons, The Mock Turtles and music journalist Luke Bainbridge, aged 5.
Bob Harris – “Deeply Vale definitely has a place in rock history, because here in the late 70s were held the best loved and silliest rock festivals of all time”
Graham Massey (808 State) “I’m always sort of harking back to Deeply Vale as the blue print for a festival -for me it just had that sort of made up for the people vibe- the thing about Deeply Vale is it felt like local action”.
ANY PROFITS FROM THE SALE OF THIS DVD WILL GO TO FUND A FUTURE DEEPLY VALE EVENT
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