13. Apr, 2020

Mal Foster - Life Stories No.10

Pink Floyd - Two Suns in the Sunset

The Stonehenge Free Music Festival of June 1983 provided a pivotal moment in my life. it's the weekend when I realised my actual status on this earth was just a tiny insignificant mark in the sand. I had hitch-liked down to Wiltshire early on the Saturday morning, managing it in just two lifts. I remember having drinks with large groups of very friendly bikers and hippies in one of the local pubs in Salisbury before moving on to the festival site.

Watching the summer solstice against a backdrop of rock music, bonfires and the waft of other stuff made it a truly amazing weekend, indeed, very spiritual!

Acts appearing at the festival included Hawkwind, The Enid, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Roy Harper with scores of others, some on the bill and others like Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts, who just turned up. 

The weekend inspired my poem ‘The Girl Addict’ which I penned a year later. In 1985, for reasons I’ve never really understood, it attracted the attention of The Daily Star. SELECTED POEMS

On leaving the site on the Sunday morning, someone had rigged up two large speakers on top of a Land Rover. Booming out was Pink Floyd’s ‘Two Suns in the Sunset’ from their recently released ‘The Final Cut’ album. Hear it on YOUTUBE