Stonehenge Free Festival 1985 England

 
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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The festival never happened and was violently suppressed in 1985 in the Battle of the Beanfield.
The Battle took place over several hours on the afternoon of Saturday 1 June 1985 when Wiltshire Police prevented a vehicle convoy of several hundred new age travellers, known as "The Convoy" and referred to in the media as the "Peace Convoy" from setting up at the 11th Stonehenge Free Festival at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England "Basically the police were extremely violent and beat up men and women with children." The whole reason that the government was so eager to stop the festival was the law which stated that "after 12 years of gathering in the same place of celebration a national event automatically came into being" and as a national event they would have been unable to prevent it from occurring again in the future".
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"Summer Solstice"
Date
Sat Jun 01, 1985 - Sun Jun 30, 1985
Map
Stonehenge
Stonehenge Rd
Amesbury SP4
England
Years active
1974-1984
Founded by
Phil Russell aka Wally Hope
Operation Solstice, Battle of the Beanfield

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The festival was a celebration of various alternative cultures.

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Singer/Songwriter/Performance Artist Bridget Wishart (Hawkwind, Hippy Slags, Demented Stoats, Spirits Burning) and Music Journalist Ian Abrahams (Hawkwind – Sonic Assassins, Strange Boat – Mike Scott & The Waterboys, Record Collector, R2, Vive Le Rock) present their ‘talking heads’ book on the British free festival scene of the 70s, 80s and early 90s, Festivalized. Festivalized surveys the history of the free festivals through the stories and viewpoints of those who were there. Musicians, Stage Organisers, Writers, Band Managers, Attendees, Travellers, and Landowners all bring their eye-witness accounts and first-hand experiences to this vivid document of the alternative culture at play.
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