July 10th, 2012
The Atomic Sunrise Festival was held 9-15 March 1970 at the Roundhouse in London. A couple of years ago some teaser footage from the event appeared on YouTube and now the owner of that footage, Adrian Everett, is looking to crowdfunding to get the film digitized, released on DVD, and to publish a book about the festival.
The event is notable for appearances by David Bowie before he became Ziggy Stardust, Hawkwind, and Genesis prior to Phil Collins and Steve Hackett joining the band. According to the Genesis fanzine The Waiting Room:
The Roundhouse London 11/3/70. This is the Atomic Sunrise Festival gig which was filmed both privately and professionally as well as being 8-track sound recorded as well. Genesis were first on the bill opening for both Hawkwind and a pre-Glam David Bowie. Despite rumours to the contrary, yours truly does NOT, I repeat NOT possess a copy of this film. Nor indeed do the band. The private footage is – or was – owned by a guy called Adrian Everett who tried to sell it to Hit & Run Music several years ago for an extortionate amount of money allegedly. The whereabouts of the pro-shot film and soundtrack are as yet unknown. An intriguing two minute audio segment of Stagnation which may be from this gig was found on a tape in Anthony Phillips’ tape archive several years ago but a definitive provenance for it is currently unavailable as the tape was not labelled properly.****
You can watch the teaser on YouTube and it appears to be completely overdubbed so I have to wonder if Everett has access to the audio of the shows or whether he just has the private footage which is reputedly silent.
For more info about Everett’s attempt to crowdfund the release of the footage, head over to his IndieGoGo page.
****Mr. Everett himself has made a comment to refute most of this – see below.