Hendrix in Ilkley!

Published On 20 February, 2017 | By Kevin McDougall | Journalism, Television

To mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most unlikely gigs in rock & roll history, AK tracked down the promoter and a number of veterans of the Jimi Hendrix Experience concert at the Troutbeck Hotel, Ilkley, on 12th March 1967. They revisited the Troutbeck, now a residential care home, to recall the chaos and farce which followed the arrival of the police, who stopped the gig during Hendrix’s second number on the grounds of safety. Around 900 people were cramming a functions room licenced for only 250. Promoter, Stuart Frais, had booked the band for Ilkley in late 1966 when Hendrix was still unknown, and had yet to release a record in the UK. But by the time of the Ilkley gig, however, Hendrix had just hit the Top Ten with his first single, Hey Joe. So, the world and his wife descended on the Troutbeck. For the Ilkley gig and two others, in Leeds and Newcastle, Stuart paid The Jimi Hendrix Experience a total of £60. (Shown on The One Show, BBC1, 15 February 2017).

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