Spectrum live at Sunbury 1972 Australia

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Various Artists Live Australia Sunbury 1972

Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, Max Merrit and the Meteors, Lobby Loyde and the Wild Cherries, SCRA – Chain & many more… PLUS: Rare footage of Aztec’s live at Melbourne Town Hall.The 70’s was a period in Australian Rock Music when the industry’s top acts could also be seen at the annual Sunbury Music Festival. On each Australia Day Weekend from 1972-1975, crowds of 35,000 or more would camp at the picturesque site 30 minutes from Melbourne, anticipating a full rocking of their socks from Australia’s own rock’n’roll icons. But the very first Sunbury – an all Australian affair showcasing the talents of the day – is the most fondly remembered by those that made the pilgrimage. Where else could you see Chain, Lobby Loyde and Max Merrit on the same bill? And where else but Sunbury would Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs debut ‘Most People I Know Think That I’m Crazy’? In 1972 – post Woodstock but years before The Big Day Out, Sunbury was an event not to be missed. This film serves as a reminder of that first festival in 1972, and captures the spirit of Sunbury’s ethos – “to have a good time”. So join your host Molly Meldrum – dressed in the style of the times – and sit back, relax, crank up the volume, and stroll down memory lane to Sunbury.

Sunbury 72
David Hill (a youthful ABC journalist) reported the pioneer festival culture at Sunbury ’72 as a mix of hippies, yobbos, organic food stalls and makeshift tents and swags. The first Sunbury concert was held over the Long Weekend period from 29th to 31st January, 1972.
Tickets cost $6 for the 3 days and there was an estimated 35-40,000 in attendance. Gerry Humphreys (of the The Loves Ones) was the MC and the festival sported the largest number of bands of all the Sunbury concerts. Bands playing at the festival were:

The Bushwackers and Bullockys Bush Band
Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band
Glenn Cardier
Company Caine
Healing Force
The La De Das
Mackenzie Theory
Phil Manning
Max Merritt and the Meteors
Wendy Saddington
Tamam Shud
Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs
Total Fire Band
The Wild Cherries
Greg Quill & Country Radio
Indelible Murtceps
The La De Das
Mulga Bill’s Bicycle Band
Barry McCaskill & The Levi Smith Clefs


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