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The advanced party of musicians and travellers who were planning to set up for the Stonehenge Free Festival 1985. The police set up a roadblock and started violently arresting members of the convoy. Escaping into a neighbouring field, they unsuccessfully try to negotiate safe passage. A scene from the musical 'Battle of the Beanfield' by Chris James  www.schoolmusicals.com.au

The advanced party of musicians and travellers who were planning to set up for the Stonehenge Free Festival 1985. The police set up a roadblock and started violently arresting members of the convoy. Escaping into a neighbouring field, they unsuccessfully try to negotiate safe passage. A scene from the musical 'Battle of the Beanfield' by Chris James www.schoolmusicals.com.au

The song '3 good gears' from Battle of the Beanfield - the musical by Chris James www.schoolmusicals.com.au A convoy sets off in attempt to set up the site for the 1985 Stonehenge Free Festival. Performers include Harry Williamson, Mal Webb and Steve McGinley

The song '3 good gears' from Battle of the Beanfield - the musical by Chris James www.schoolmusicals.com.au A convoy sets off in attempt to set up the site for the 1985 Stonehenge Free Festival. Performers include Harry Williamson, Mal Webb and Steve McGinley

Battle of the Beanfield Stop the festival...whatever it takes! Musical available for school performance from schoolmusicals.com.au . The Stonehenge Free Festival, held at and around the summer solstice had grown into one of the biggest music festivals in Britain from it's beginnings in 1974. It became a celebration of music and various alternative cultures.  But 1985 was to be different...

Battle of the Beanfield Stop the festival...whatever it takes! Musical available for school performance from schoolmusicals.com.au . The Stonehenge Free Festival, held at and around the summer solstice had grown into one of the biggest music festivals in Britain from it's beginnings in 1974. It became a celebration of music and various alternative cultures. But 1985 was to be different...

The Battle of the Beanfield took place over several hours on the afternoon of Saturday 1 June 1985 when Wiltshire Police prevented a vehicle convoy of severa...

The Battle of the Beanfield took place over several hours on the afternoon of Saturday 1 June 1985 when Wiltshire Police prevented a vehicle convoy of severa...

Stonehenge Summer Solstice, England Date: June 20 The event, which marks mid-summer in the northern hemisphere, is celebrated with gusto at Stonehenge. The Stonehenge Free Festival (1972-1984) used to be a big draw for alternative communities and cult bands such as Hawkwind and Gong. Following the Battle of the Beanfield in 1985, the monument was closed to the public until 1998. Today, the summer solstice event at Stonehenge attracts more than 20,000 participants every year.

Stonehenge Summer Solstice, England Date: June 20 The event, which marks mid-summer in the northern hemisphere, is celebrated with gusto at Stonehenge. The Stonehenge Free Festival (1972-1984) used to be a big draw for alternative communities and cult bands such as Hawkwind and Gong. Following the Battle of the Beanfield in 1985, the monument was closed to the public until 1998. Today, the summer solstice event at Stonehenge attracts more than 20,000 participants every year.

The copper looks as if he’s helping, leading me to safety, but he was only doing it for the sake of the cameras

Rose Brash, 20, is led away by police at the Battle of the Beanfield, June 1985

The copper looks as if he’s helping, leading me to safety, but he was only doing it for the sake of the cameras

UK Free festivals of the 1970s and 80s

UK Free festivals of the 1970s and 80s

Stonehenge 1985: The Battle of the Beanfield

Stonehenge 1985: The Battle of the Beanfield

In Thatcher's Britain, riot police were unleashed on festival goers near Stonehenge. Six years later, the battered Peace Convoy won damages against police brutality.

UK Free festivals of the 1970s and 80s from the brilliant site ukrockfestivals.com

UK Free festivals of the 1970s and 80s from the brilliant site ukrockfestivals.com

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A history of the free festivals in the uk free rock festivals ,free festivals, setlists, reviews. photos , links here and now,gong, steve hillage, zorch, hawkwind, traffic, arthur brown.