Grateful Dead

Bickershaw Festival - May 7, 1972

Bickershaw Festival

May 07, 1972

Wigan, UK

Average: 4.6 (14 votes)


Bill Kreutzmann's 26th birthday - also: NRPS

Set List:

Mr. Charlie
Beat it on Down the Line
He's Gone
Chinatown Shuffle
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Black Throated Wind
Next Time You See Me
Playing in the Band
Tennessee Jed
Good Lovin'
Casey Jones

Greatest Story Ever Told
Big Boss Man
Ramble On Rose
Jack Straw
Dark Star
The Other One
Sing Me Back Home
Sugar Magnolia
Turn On Your Lovelight
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away

One More Saturday Night

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Joined: Mar 12 2009
Through the fence

I was in my last year of high school, a few of us drove up from St. Albans. My bud A.B. and I happened by as a few locals opened the fence and we all jumped though...I lost touch with the guys I came with but made good friends with a bunch of good people...

The Festival was great and the Dead were the high-light for me... I met a lovely young lady...She was visiting from the states too...We hitched a ride back south rolling multi-tiered joints as we rolled.. We parted ways...Then i got a ride with a sweet couple of newly-weds and we saw a rain-bow...Happy Trails!

Joined: Jun 6 2009
The festival started on

The festival started on Friday evening and it I can't remember if it ever stopped raining

Joined: Oct 3 2008
what he said... rained solidly through Saturday night and into Sunday. Stopped raining roughly when the New Riders played, but....

.... the sun came out as the Dead came on stage!!!

And that's true - to my memory, at least.

Joined: Nov 23 2008

I'm sure I remember Bob saying "we don't play that stuff anymore" when people were shouting for St Stephen as well as saying later how cold it was despite some kind of fan heaters being there.

Joined: Apr 21 2012
more banter

I also remember Bob saying that about St Stephen. He also looked off the stage and said "I don't know what you're burning down there, but it smells awful". I think there was another comment about "it's colder than Hell up here". Apparently the space heater helped but made it difficult to keep the guitars in tune, so they were almost relieved when it packed up. These problems may be why they did not put any material from Bickershaw on Europe '72.

Joined: Oct 23 2008
Bickershaw Festival 1972

The six CD, two DVD set is for sale at deep It is quite expensive @ $151, but......

Joined: Nov 23 2008
banter at Bickershaw


Yes, I got that impression too, that they wanted to pack it up - unfortunately, my sense of time was completely skewed having taken some acid and I remember saying to a friend "what, they've finished already!!" The three hours or however long it was seemed to flash by in ten minutes so it's wonderful to hear what I missed all those years ago on GDradio this evening. I learned my lesson - the next and last time I saw them was at the Ally Pally where I stuck to tequila and hash:-)

Joined: Nov 23 2008
sun coming out


I think you are right - after a couple of days of rain and cold, the sun appeared just as it was setting as the Dead started - I can't be 100% sure because I was under the influence. The only other time I saw something similar was at a festival at a place called Weeley when, again after a couple of days of rain, the sun came out as the Incredible String Band took the stage:-)

Joined: Nov 23 2008
St Stephen -water under the bridge

Listening to gdradio's broadcast of Bickershaw this evening and Bob says of St Stephen "maybe one day we'll listen to it" and "cop our own licks" - that second phrase brings it all back:-)

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Joined: Feb 9 2008
Sheltering from the rain

I spent quite a lot of the time sitting under one of the sound towers to get out of the rain. I think I was wrapped in a sleeping bag trying to keep warm after a weekend of miserable weather.

Having said that I wouldn't have missed it for the world.


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Bickershaw Festival - May 7, 1972