A new box set celebrates the upcoming fiftieth anniversary of the Bath Festivals

(Rock Music Memorabilia/Barry Plummer)

A new box set has been released by Rock Music Memorabilia to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Bath Festivals, a series of festivals in the UK run by music promoter Freddy Bannister.

Led Zeppelin made their first UK festival appearance in 1969 at the Bath Festival of Blues on June 28, 1969. Led Zeppelin were originally due to be paid £200 for the performance, but their manager Peter Grant increased their fee to £250 a few days before the event.

The band performed again at the Bath Festival the following year, again on June 28. That 1970 performance was filmed and 20-30 minutes of the footage survives.

Now, two box sets have been released to mark the upcoming fiftieth anniversary of the festivals.

The first box set has been produced in a set of 250 and covers the Bath Festivals of 1969 and 1970, which both featured performances by Led Zeppelin, as well as later Knebworth festivals.

The box set also includes a reproduction poster for Led Zeppelin’s December 16, 1968 performance at the Bath Pavilion. The band were a late addition to the event, replacing Jeff Beck.

Check out some photos of the fiftieth anniversary box set and its contents below

Here’s the poster for the band’s December 16, 1968 performance:

The box set can include a T-shirt featuring the poster design for the 1970 Bath Festival:

This photograph, taken by Barry Plummer of Led Zeppelin performing at the Bath Festival in 1970, is included:

(Rock Music Memorabilia/Barry Plummer)

A reproduction poster for the 1970 festival is one option for the set:

This T-shirt featuring the poster for the 1969 festival is available:

This photograph of Jimmy Page performing at the 1970 Bath Festival is included:

(Rock Music Memorabilia/Barry Plummer)

Here’s a list of the box’s contents:

  • 30 CDs
  • Six DVDs
  • 60 8″ by 6″ photographs
  • A choice of two T-shirts featuring poster designs from the festivals
  • A choice of six large reproduction posters
  • Freddy Bannister’s book “There Must Be A Better Way”
  • Eight reproduction flyers
  • Six gold artist passes from The Rolling Stones’ 1976 Knebworth performance
  • Six artist passes from the 1978 Genesis/Starship festival
  • Two metal badges which were sold at the 1976 and 1978 festivals
  • Two fabric artist guest passes from the 1978 Genesis and Frank Zappa shows
  • Three maps from the 1978 Genesis festival
  • Four flyers from the Bath Pavilion

The fiftieth anniversary box set can be purchased from the Rock Music Memorabilia website for £119.95.

A second box set, limited to 100 copies, sold by the site focuses more on Led Zeppelin’s performances.

Here’s a list of the box’s contents:

  • Five CDs
  • One DVD
  • Several photographs of Bath Festival performances
  • A signed reproduction poster for Led Zeppelin’s 1968 Bath Pavilion show
  • A signed reproduction poster for the 1969 Bath Festival
  • A signed reproduction poster for the 1970 Bath Festival
  • Either a 1969 or 1970 Bath Festival T-shirt
  • Freddy Bannister’s book “There Must Be A Better Way”
  • A reproduction flyer, programme and ticket for the 1969 Bath Festival
  • A reproduction flyer, programme and ticket for the 1970 Bath Festival
  • Four flyers

You can buy the second box set from the Rock Music Memorabilia website for £54.95.

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1 Comment on "A new box set celebrates the upcoming fiftieth anniversary of the Bath Festivals"

  1. I am definitely going to be buying both sets!

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