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Joined 01-01-2003
Posted on Thursday, 22 February, 2007 - 12:02 pm:   

News of this event received today:

Bowl Festival returns to Crystal Palace Park

After a well earned break, event organisers Sounds of the Suburbs Promotions are in the process of organising a repeat of 2005’s hugely successful Bowl Music Festival.

The free festival is planned for Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July 2007 at the Crystal Palace Park Bowl.

Anybody who wants to be a part of the festival - as a performer or just helping out, should get in touch.

The Bowl is a free festival relying on volunteers and the goodwill of the local community.

Volunteering involves selling programmes, putting up banners, painting signs, driving vans, humping gear on stages, doing office admin type stuff, litter picking, distributing flyers, etc.

All posts are unpaid but the benefits include (but are not limited to): being fed, meeting new friends, and getting a feeling of self satisfaction at having contributed to a fantastic festival (face paint not compulsory!) It’s also a great project to add to your portfolio.

The group can be contacted at or write to them at 27a Dartmouth Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3HN.

The festival is also looking for sponsors.
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Sunday, 25 February, 2007 - 01:52 pm:   

Try Harvey Goldsmith as he used to promote shows there in the 70's. As it might bring back fond memories of The Beach Boys singing along to a horse racing commentary breaking through on the PA.
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Sunday, 25 February, 2007 - 10:11 pm:   

I went to one of those events in the 70's - the headlining act was Rick Wakeman performing Journey to the Centre of the Earth with David Hemmings in a big wicker chair as the narrator. Lots of dry ice I seem to remember (and Leo Sayer / Procul Harum as support acts).
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Sunday, 25 February, 2007 - 10:15 pm:   

And there was a band called Wally. Do you remember when people used to shout out "WALLY" at rock concerts? Wally is a word that has gone out of fashion.
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 28 February, 2007 - 02:23 pm:   

No it hasn't you silly wally.
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 28 February, 2007 - 02:25 pm:   

I had a neighbour in the 70's called Wally. I guess it was short for Wallace.
Joined 23-02-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 28 February, 2007 - 03:13 pm:   

Walter perhaps. On the subject of free live music, there is a gig on sunday, perhaps 3.30-4.00 start which promises to be really good. It's at a football club near the now deceased Rutland Arms. To get there, if you were walking up from Catford on Perry Hill, you would take the left immediately after the ex Rutland and carry on to the end of the road. With a car you have to carry on and turn left nearly opposite the 2 brewers.
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 28 February, 2007 - 11:17 pm:   

Ah Rick Wakeman and the inflatable dinasour that was supposed to rise from the bottom of the lake, but the backside inflated first leaving the head underwater. Rick played a melody of TV commercials that day. Leo Sayer performed in a clowns costume, the gimmick being he was to shy to speak. The silence to be repeated 30 years later as a dumb waiter on Celebrity Big Brother.

Other acts to appear at the venue,Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart and the Faces, Melanie, Elton John, The Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, Sha Na Na, Roxy Music, Eric Clapton, Yes and Bob Marley and local boy Steve Harley with Cockney Rebel.
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 28 February, 2007 - 11:29 pm:   

Or in the 1990's you could see Level 42 and Squeeze. Which reminds me a concert on Tooting Bec Common held in circus tent. Police headed the bill with support from Tommy Cooper bizarre you don't get shows like that nowadays.
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 28 February, 2007 - 11:35 pm:   

Here's details of the first one day festival at the Crystal Palace Bowl on a cold May Saturday in 1971... l
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 28 February, 2007 - 11:53 pm:   

This one's for Big Julie...relive Wally and The Winkies.

At the bottom of the page are links to all the series of 70's Garden Parties.
Joined 09-04-2005
Posted on Thursday, 01 March, 2007 - 09:42 am:   

Fantastic Loneranger. My first ever gig...great to read about it again. It did make me chuckle. I do remember quite enjoying Wally.
Joined 04-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 19 March, 2007 - 11:43 am:   

Message on Sydenham Town Forum about volunteers needed for the Bowl Music Festival: id=dcf7744a9bcb9eadf586bbc4424b5f95
They are based in Forest Hill, on Dartmouth Road, so it should be relatively easy for local people to get involved if you wish.
Joined 01-01-2003
Posted on Saturday, 26 May, 2007 - 05:45 pm:   

Received from the organisers:


Wanted … healers and craft people for Bowl festival

There is still time to gather your crystals and book a stall at the Bowl 2007 festival.

SOS Promotions festival organisers are searching for New Age healers, arts and crafts people to take up stalls at the Bowl festival, which takes place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July, at the outdoor Concert Bowl area, Crystal Palace Park.

The market area offers an exciting array of crafts and alternative healing.

There is still time for people who would like to take part to apply and anyone interested in setting up a stall should email Anneliese Rose at for further information.

Carol Walters, from SOS Promotions, said: “This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to reach a new market for their arts and crafts products to reach a whole load of new people.

“We are still on the look out for art, craft, new age and healing stalls. Anyone interested in taking part in this exciting event should drop us an email to find out more.”

Application forms can also be downloaded from the website

Running between 12pm and 7pm, the 2-day festival will include a variety of activities such as local bands, DJs, percussionists, walk about entertainers, market stall area, holistic and healing area, local information stands, food stalls, bar and a children’s area.

For further press information, images and/or to arrange an interview please contact: Carol Ann Walters on: 020 8289 0460 E-mail

More info from the website:
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Sunday, 16 September, 2007 - 10:11 pm:   

Apparently it was after going to Crystal Palace Marc Bolan got together with Gloria Jones - think she was a backing singer with Joe Cocker playing the bowl, and she met up later with Bolan in the Speakeasy, where Elton John, rumoured to be the next big thing, was also present.

(with thanks to the Gary Crowley show, even though he can't speak proper like)