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Sunbury Pop Festival

This rock music festival was held on the Australia Day weekends in 1972-75 at a natural amphitheatre at Jacksons Creek outside Sunbury. Planned in imitation of Woodstock, 40 000 young people camped in tents or slept in the open for the three nights of the first event. Popular bands of the time were featured in 1972; jazz and folk were added in 1973, and theatre and dance in 1974. Overall, the festivals received mixed reviews: the site was acoustically poor, the toilets and facilities primitive, and the catering of low quality. The musical performances were often excellent, but few felt the transforming experience of Woodstock.

Warren Bebbington