272 page A4 book + 6 CDs (and a pack of incense).
Andy Kershaw “I attended the Deeply Vale Festival in 1978 and went on to work with some success in war zones- thank you Chris Hewitt”
Stuart Maconie “Deeply Vale- the crucible of North Lancashire’s anarchistic counter culture around the mid 70s and beyond”
Mark E Smith “Deeply Vale was great to play, It was just up the road for us. I don’t like festivals but I loved Deeply Vale”
Finally after 18 years of research, The Deeply Vale Box will be released. This beautiful book and box set will be limited to 500 copies. The 272 page A4 book is mainly colour and is housed in a box with 6 CDs and a pack of incense. Put on one of the CDs, open the book, light an incense stick to burn and transport yourself back to the mid 70s Deeply Vale Festivals, as well as the Rivington Pike Festivals and the Manchester Rock Against Racism Concerts. Deeply Vale was important as it was the first of the free festivals to open its stage to Punk & New Wave bands and it was also intertwined with the Manchester Rock Against Racism movement. Long before any other festival it crossed the hippy punk divide; its where Planet Gong/Here and Now met The Fall and hippy soundman Grant Showbiz would strike up a 35 year relationship as producer for The Fall. Here and Now would take The Fall, Danny and the Dressmakers (inc future 808 State man Graham Massey), Wilful Damage and Alternative TV on their anarchic tours after Deeply Vale. The Ruts were formed in a tent at Deeply Vale in 1977 after two members of London Funk band Hit and Run saw the The Drones perform a punk set on stage. The 1978 Festival not only included Steve Hillage, Here and Now and Nik Turner but also The Fall, Durutti Column and The Ruts.
The book features interviews with and/or written contributions from Andy Kershaw, Stuart Maconie, Andy McCluskey of OMD, Martin Coogan and Steve Cowen of the Mock Turtles, Mark E Smith of The Fall, Marc Riley, Spizz Energi, Boff Whalley from Chumbawamba, Graham Massey of 808 State, Vini Reilly, Graham Clark of Gong, Grant Showbiz, Steve Hillage , Jimi Goodwin (Doves),Ian Brown, Andy Rourke, Mark Hodkinson, Mick Middles, Luke Bainbridge and more.
Bands that have biographies/info pages in the book include Steve Hillage,The Fall,Wilful Damage, Mudanzas ,Murmo Schultz,Aspell, No Change, Danny and The Dressmakers Aqua (Inc Graham Clark of Gong), Leviathan,Nik Turner, Visitor 2035, Whitefire, Durutti Column, Body, Physical Wrecks, Cry Tough, The Ruts, Drive By Night, China St, Fast Cars, Victim, The Trend, Picture Chords,Tony Crabtree, Trigger/Childs Play, John Keegan/ Silver Hill String Band, Here and Now, SFW, Crispy Ambulance, Howard The Duck, Movement Bannned , Alchemist, Trevor Hyett, Misty in Roots, Pete Farrow, Alternative TV, Tractor, Elti Fits, Free Ride, Bashful Alley, Drones, Accident on the East Lancs, Roll up Rock, The Tunes, Victor Brox Blues Train, Rivington Spyke, Frogbox, Vibrant Thigh, Emergency / Foreign Press, Spike, The Out, Tiger Tails, Welcome, Snapper, Salford Jets, Bill Pod and The Stocks, Victor Drago, Not Sensibles, Pegasus, Distractions, Stuffed Badgers & Konstipated Poodles.
Audio contributions for the 6 CDs include Steve Hillage, Nik Turner’s Sphynx, The Fall (unreleased tracks live at Deeply Vale), Visitor 2035, Danny and The Dressmakers (full sets from the festival) , Aqua, Here and Now, Wilful Damage, The Ruts, SFW, Salford Jets, Victim, Free Ride, Durutti Column, Brenda and The Hot Dicks, Red Eyes, Aspell, Andy T, Blue Midnight feat Grant Showbiz, George Borowski, Tony Crabtree, Accident on The East Lancs, Victor Brox Blues Train, Howard The Duck, Rockslide (forerunner of the Drones) Movement Banned, Elti Fits, The Tunes, Trevor Hyett , Whitefire, Victor Drago, The Trend, Drive by Night, The Out, Fast Cars, Mudanzas, Vibrant Thigh, NotSensibles, Stuffed Badgers, Rivington Spyke, No Change, No Mystery, Murmo Schultz, Bill Pod and The Stocks, Trevor Hyett, Alchemist, The Joint Rolling Contest, & John Keegan.
Andy McCluskey (OMD) “I performed there with my early band Pegasus in 1977, there was a real all help together hippy vibe which was wonderful”
Luke Bainbridge “Most of of those who were there seem to have slightly hazy memories of events… but others like myself were inquistive 5 year olds taken to this other wordly place on our doorstep”
Boff Whalley- Chumbawamba “Deeply Vale was my first exposure to festivals. Deeply Vale was both a summer escape and an eye opener. A great place for growing up”
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”
Jimi Goodwin (Doves) “My first festival was Deeply Vale, I was eight years old I was bursting with excitement”
Graham Massey (808 State) “I am always harking back to Deeply Vale as a blueprint for festivals”
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