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The Squadronairs, Clifford Greenwood And His Orchestra, The Ken Johnson Orchestra (led by Carl Barriteau), The Eric Winstone Quartette, George Shearing, The R.A.F. Fighter Command Band, Roland Peachey and The Bissett Brothers (Peachey used a triple-necked guitar) and Peggy McCormack play in The Dance Band Festival at The Coliseum, London, UK.
Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ruth Brown, The Drifters and bill-topper Roy Hamilton play the second of two nights at Herndon Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The Third Annual UCLA Folk Festival, a three day event, begins at Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA. Artists appearing over the course of the event include Son House, Jimmy Driftwood, Sam Hinton, Ollie Gilbert, Bess Hawes, Ruth Rubin, Hedy West, Vern And Ray and Bookmiller Shannon.
The 8th Annual Berkeley Folk Festival begins at U.C. Berkeley, California, USA. Over the next five days, artists featured will include Mississippi Fred Mc Dowell, Tom Paxton, Sam Hinton, Mike Seeger and The Hackberry Ramblers.
Eric Burdon releases a new single, Monterey/Anything, on MGM Records in the UK, Europe.
When The Doors headline the first night of the New York Rock Festival, Singer Bowl, Queens, New York City, USA, The Who are on the same bill. Watching Jim Morrison perform inspires The Who's Pete Townshend to write his song Sally Simpson, which appears in The Who's rock opera, Tommy.
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British rock fans begin pouring into the Isle Of Wight in preparation for the first Isle Of Wight Festival which begins the following day, headlined by Bob Dylan and The Who.
Redbone, Kris Kristofferson, Tony Joe White, Mighty Baby, David Bromberg, Judas Jump, Kathy Smith and Rosalie Sorrels play on the first day of The Isle Of Wight Festival, at East Afton Farm, on the Isle Of Wight, England, UK, Europe. Officially, this is a three-day event, but in fact music takes place over a period of five days.
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Bob Dylan performs triumphantly to 200,000 fans at Blackbushe airport in Hampshire, England, UK, Europe. Also on the bill are Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading, Graham Parker And The Rumour and others.
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Sunnyland Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Louisiana Red, Bowling Green John And Harmonica Phil Wiggins, Lurrie Bell, Carey Bell and Margie Evans play in the American Folk Blues Festival '81 at the Konzertaula, Kamen, Germany, Europe.
The 21st Cambridge Folk Festival, a three-day event, has its second day at Cherry Hinton Hall Grounds, Cambridge, England, UK, Europe. Artists appearing over the course of the event include The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, John Martyn, The Chieftains, Loudon Wainwright III, Paul Brady, Lonnie Donegan, Vin Garbutt, Tom Rush, The Pogues, The Battlefield Band, Adrian Legg, Sheb Wooley, Spencer Davis, Brain Auger, Pyewacket, Diz Disley And Bireli Lagrene
The first Milano Blues Festival, a four-day event, begins in Arco della Pace, Milan, Italy, Europe, with The Robert Cray Band.
The Watersons play during the South Bank Music World Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
Richard Thompson plays at The Strawberry Music Festival, Camp Mather, Yosemite, California, USA.
A new house-music-oriented night, Cream, opens in Nation, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, with special guest Fabi Paras joining Paul Myers and Paul Bleasdale on the decks. Cream will become hugely influential and will spawn the Creamfields Festival in 1998.
The Texas Hawaiian Music Festival is held in the Austin Airport Hilton, Austin, Texas, USA.
Roxy Music and The Hives play at The Norwegian Wood Festival, Frognerbadet, Oslo, Norway, Europe.
The Vans Warped Tour, plays at Cal State, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA, with a bill including My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Fall Out Boy, The Transplants, MxPx, All-American Rejects, Dropkick Murphys, Thrice, Atreyu and Senses Fail.
The 32nd Winnipeg Folk Festival continues in Birds Hill Park, Winnipeg, Canada. The four day long event features such acts as Bill Frisell, Camper Van Beethoven and Daniel Lanois.
The four-day-long guitar-orientated Wall To Wall Festival continues in the Krannert Centre, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA. Artists performing today include Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny and Daniel Lanois.
Amy Winehouse is booed during her 'comeback' gig at the nine-day long St Lucia Jazz Festival on the Caribbean island of St Lucia. Other artists appearing during the event include Jeffrey Osborne, Michael McDonald, Bebe Winans, George Duke, Chicago, Patti LaBelle, Chaka, Terrence Howard, and Kassav.
Onstage at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain, Europe, Nathan Williams of San Diego-based surf-noise band Wavves suffers what is described as an 'onstage meltdown' and cannot continue the set. Eventually the power is cut and the band is obliged to leave the stage.
When Paul Weller headlines the Hop Farm Festival in Kent, England, UK, Europe, he is joined by Roger Daltrey of The Who during the encore for a performance of Magic Bus.
Patti Smith plays at the Jisan Valley Rock Festival in Icheon, South Korea.
The compilation LP Darwin Song Project is released on Shrewsbury Folk Festival/Proper Records in the UK. The album features songs with a "resonance and relevance to Charles Darwin", specially written for the project by eight songwriters (Chris Wood, Karine Polwart, Jez Lowe, Mark Erelli, Emily Smith, Rachael McShane, Krista Detor and Stu Hanna) over a period of seven days in a Shropshire, England, UK, farmhouse in March 2009.
The Third Annual Hyde Park Jazz Fest, a two-day event, concludes at Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Artists appearing over the two days of the event include Cassandra Wilson, Dee Alexander, Maggie Brown, Corey Wilkes, John Faddis and John Wright.
Rammstein play at Quebec City Summer Festival, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, which attracts an audience of 150,000.
The three-day-long Lollapalooza Festival comes to an end at Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Acts appearing on this day include Soundgarden, MGMT, Arcade Fire, The National, Erykah Badu and Cypress Hill.
Status Quo play at Cropredy Festival, Oxfordshire, UK.
The Paul Simon documentary, Under African Skies, chronicling the creation and lasting influence of Simon's groundbreaking album Graceland, premieres at The Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, USA.
Radiohead play at the Coachella Festival, Empire Polo Grounds, Indio, California, USA.
The Cure headline the Maxidrom Festival, Moscow, Russia, Europe. Also on the bill is Everlast.
The Great British Rock And Blues Festival, a three-day event, comes to an end at various venues in Skegness, UK. Artists appearing over the three days have included The Animals, The Blues Band, Colin Blunstone, Focus, Curved Air, Hawkwind, Eddie And The Hot Rods, John Coughlin's Quo, Stray and The Stumble.
Arcade Fire, Beck, The 1975, Frank Turner, Calvin Harris, Disclosure, Daughter and others play at Coachella Music Festival, Empire Polo Grounds, Indio, California, USA.
Metallica, Alice in Chains, Children of Bodom and Kvelertak play at Krieau Rocks @ Krieau Open Air, Vienna, Austria, Europe.
On the Mayhem Festival 2014, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Trivium, Darkest Hour and others play at The Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA.
Megadeth, Saxon, Aaron Keylock, Aborted, Amon Amarth, Arthemis, Avatar, Biohazard, Collibus, Eradicator, Graveyard, Hærken, King Goat, Leathernecks, Morgue Orgy, Obituary, October File, ReVamp, Satan, Stormzone, Voices and krow play on the fourth and final day of Bloodstock Open Air Festival, Catton Hall Park, Walton upon Trent, England, UK,
The Wands are among the acts appreaing at The Psi Rock Festival, Mannheim, Germany, Europe.
Alabama and D rake White And The Big Fire play at The Patriotic Festival, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.
Duran Duran play at The Killarney Festival, Kerry, Ireland, Europe.
Phil Collins is among the artists playing at The British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park, London, England, UK, Europe.
On their 135-date Wonderful Wonderful tour, The Killers play at Estereo Picnic Festival, Bogota, Colombia, South America.
On their Villains World Tour, Queens Of The Stone Age play at Eurockeenes Festival, Belfort, France, Europe.
On their Decades World Tour Nightwish play at Leyendas Del Rock Festival, Villena, Spain, Europe.
Primordial are among the artists playing at The Alcatraz Metal Festival, Kotrijk, Belgium, Europe.
On their 135-date Wonderful Wonderful tour, The Killers play at Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Asia.
Crazy P are among the artists performing at The Leeds International Festival, Leeds, England, UK, Europe.