This article is published in partnership with FOTO.
So many rock festivals of the 1960s have been so endlessly photographed, documented, and filmed that it’s hard to imagine they weren’t preordained in some way -- Woodstock, Monterey Pop Festival, the doomed Altamont. Thus, it’s a thrill to exhume these fascinating images of Barbeque '67, considered by some to be the first rock festival ever, courtesy of FOTO.
For such an obscure event in rock history with a slightly awkward name, the pioneering Barbeque '67 contained the best of the best -- Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd -- alongside some now-esoteric choices like Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band. By most accounts of attendees at the time, the Barbeque was a hot, sticky affair with bad acoustics. The venue was a metal cattle auction shed for the ticket price of £1, with less-than acoustics and a packed-to-the-gill audience.
It wasn’t the most flattering backdrop for a smattering of artists widely considered to be among the greatest of all time, but these recently unearthed photos are fascinating for their intimacy -- no one had any idea what was in store for these boys out to jam in Lincolnshire. Here are some intimate stage shots from that evening at Barbeque '67.
Above: Cream performing live on stage at the Barbeque '67 music festival at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, Lincolnshire on May 29,1967. From left, bass guitarist and singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker (obscured) and guitarist Eric Clapton