New exhibit examines great rock bands who played at Lancaster University, including The Who, Queen and Van Morrison


For 15 years, from 1970 to 1985, the university was one of the great centers for live rock music.

Bob Marley, The Who, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Black Sabbath, U2, Dire Straits, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Queen, T. Rex, Blondie, Ramones, The Pretenders and AC DC are just a few of acts who appeared on stage in the Great Hall.

At the time, bands were at the height of their fame and top bands were begging their agents to get them a booking at Lancaster University.

Queen were just one of many great rock bands that played in Lancaster University’s Great Hall.

Over 500 bands played in the Great Hall during this time, earning Lancaster a permanent place in rock history.

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As part of the recent Lancaster University Library Festival, Library Director Andrew Barker was joined on stage by Barry Lucas, co-writer of ‘When Rock Went to College’ and responsible for booking these legendary acts, to learn more about this fascinating period.

Mr Barker said: “For 15 years Lancaster University has been at the epicenter of huge change in popular music, the range of artists who have played here now seems incredible – but it’s all true.

“As passionate about the music of this period, I was delighted to speak with Barry Lucas to hear stories about this era and these artists who played at our university and it’s great that we can share his story with our current community as part of our Library Day.

The exhibition is on display at Lancaster University Library throughout October.

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