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Sonic Fields: British Music Festival podcast

SARAH GREGORY hears about a new exciting podcast from SAM TYLER

After the success of There Are No Greater Heroes, the podcast series that told the little-known story of musical trio Tony, Caro & John and earned a British Podcast Award’s Rising Star nomination in the process, its creator Sam Tyler returns with brand new podcast series, Sonic Fields. This time Tyler has widened his lens to take a deep look into the history of the British Music Festival starting from 1968 through the ’80s free party movement, right up to the present day and newer festivals like End Of The Road and Houghton.
Over seven episodes, Tyler will discover how the British festival has evolved, what has been lost and what has been gained. The first two episodes mark the beginning of Sam’s journey as he uncovers a box of photos on his mum’s houseboat – some of a festivalling Sam in the early 2000s, others of his parents at free festivals 30 years previously. And so it is fitting that his mum provides the starting point for the series, chatting with him about the influence the hippy movement had on her and her generation. In episode two, we meet one of the major pioneers of the British festival, Ray Foulk, co-founder of the Isle of Wight festival.

With the first two instalments available from today, the rest will be released weekly and available on your usual podcast platform. Tune in here.


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