Organisers of Windsor's On Track for Summer hoping to recreate the magic of 1966

Hannah Crouch

Hannah Crouch

Organisers of Windsor's On Track for Summer hoping to recreate the magic of 1966

Fifty years after the very first ‘rock concert’ was held at Royal Windsor Racecourse the founder of the event is hoping to recreate the magic once again.

On July 29-31 1966, the sixth annual National Jazz and Blues Festival was held at the racecourse in Maidenhead Road.

It was the first year the line up moved from blues and jazz music to bands such as The Who and Small Faces.

The lesser known artists at the time were Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce who went on to become the band Cream.

"It is known as the first rock festival in Britain," said Robin Bextor, who founded the event.

"In the Sixties there was an explosion of music and suddenly these jazz and blues groups who used to perform at the racecourse suddenly became rock bands.

"It was a really rare festival experience."

On Saturday, July 23, to celebrate 50 years, Robin is hoping to turn back the clock with the On Track For Summer concert.

He has managed to secure a number of the same artists who performed, such as Chris Farlowe, Donovan and The Manfreds.

The daughter of Small Faces’ Steve Marriott, Mollie Marriott is due to perform in memory of her dad.

Though he did not perform at the original concert, there is also due to be a tribute to David Bowie who died this year.

Money raised from the event will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Research.

Robin said: "The cancer charity was appropriate mainly because first of all it is a really great charity but mainly because so many of the musicians would still be alive if it was not for cancer."

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