This Festival is commonly referred to as The Lincoln Festival, but it was located quite a distance from Lincoln, UK. It was actually closer to a town called Bardney and was really called The Bardney Festival. It was located near an old medieval monastery called Tupholme Abbey.
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Tony Banks keyboards
The adventurous Genesis make their fist major festival appearance at Lincoln. One hopes ii will go well for them because, as a band that's been going six years (though only three years as professionals), they have much to offer that's impressive.
The band was formed in the South by Michael Rutherford (bass),Tony Banks (mellotron, organ), and vocalist Peter Gabriel after they had all been at school together. Their first album for Decca was rough and ready and now disregarded by the group. They became a 'valid proposition's hall we say, on the release in 1970 of their first album for Charisma, 'Trespass',a low-key seesaw of a record which palled through lack of variety.
Although they were unable to escape from a few cliches, there was promise of the dramatic impact and unflagging potency that was to come ,both on disc and on stage. Also they revealed a sugarcoated cynicism, especially in the climactic back 'The Knife', which they still play sometimes as an encore.
It was interesting that by the time the second album, 'Nursery Cryme', came along a year later, that cynicism had turned into a kind ofwry satire, as in 'Return of the Giant Hogweed'. The high spot of their stage act became 'The Musical Box' from this album.
Also, in that year, Genesis had replaced their drummer andlead guitarist and found excellent recruits in Phil Collins and Steve Hackett, respectively.
'Nursery Cryme' turned the previous album into a pale shadow. The group had become incisive and commanding, and were now far more exciting. Everything was bolder, from Steve's eloquent solos, the stirring and memor use of mellotron, to Peter's unpredictable vocal style.
Planning their next album now, Genesis, who write their material' by committee', will probably get the recording done in segments. Instead of going into the studios and doing the album in one go, Peter suggests the numbers will be recorded individually as they are written over a period, to make for increased coherency.
The band hopes to be touring Europe this summer.