It is the first ever Reading Festival, held near the Thames in Richfield Avenue between Friday 25 June and Sunday 27 June 1971. Among the artists in addition to Genesis, Lindisfarne and Wishbone Ash.
The Reading Festival originated from an annual Jazz and Blues festival organized by the National Jazz Federation and the Marquee Club of London in 1961.
The first Reading Festival took place in 1971 when promoter Harold Pendleton staged the event as part of the celebrations for the 850th anniversary of the founding of Reading Abbey.
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Since 1980 the festival has achieved an international reputation, including the biggest names in rock music.
The late 80s and early 90s saw changes in the contemporary music scene with new indie and cross-over dance sounds.
Nearly 90.000 music fans flock to Reading every August Bank Holiday, making the city an internationally recognized name on the music scene.
It has become an important part of Reading life and in late 2004 the Reading Museum organized a large retrospective exhibition called 'Music, Mud and Mayhem', which chronicles the festival's 30-year history.
Genesis have attended the Reading Festival several times. Here are the recordings.
During the Nursery Cryme Tour on 11 August 1972:
On August 26, 1973:
On August 26, 1979, Phil Collins joined Peter Gabriel at the Reading Festival and performs with him The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway:
No Self Control:
Mother of Violence:
And here are Steve Hackett's holdings:
The songs performed by Steve Hackett in Reading in 1981 are contained in the album "Premonitions - The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983".
"Genesis began the Trick Of A Tail tour with several shows in Ontario and Buffalo, New York in March and gained confidence in the new set and new lineup before playing in front of the home crowd."
Read the Horizons Genesis article:
"They played two shows at the Hammersmith Odeon on June 10th and 11th.
Collins greets the audience by saying: 'Good evening London ... The next thing we're going to play for you, if you remember the last time you saw us it was probably at Wembley we played Lamb Lies Down On Broadway for you. And tonight we took three pieces from the story ... and we rather casually renamed it 'Lamb Stew'.
For "White Mountain" Rutherford says: 'And back in the days when the tinkling of beer mugs was heard during the acoustic tunes, we were playing songs from the Trespass album. Acoustic songs from the Trespass album. So tonight we should play one called 'White Mountain'.
Steve Hackett introduces his song "Entangled" by saying: 'It's a waltz, a slow three-beat so take your partners'.
Before "Los Endos" Collins announces that they have recorded the show for an album. 'I suppose, since you are all there, you will buy it.'
The encore is the medley of "It" and "Watcher Of The Skies". The latter is instrumental and has never been sung by Collins live. "