Original poster announcing the Phun City free festival held at Ecclesden Common, near Worthing in West Sussex, July 24th-26th (1970). PHUN CITY.
Original poster announcing the Phun City free festival held at Ecclesden Common, near Worthing in West Sussex, July 24th-26th (1970).

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Original poster announcing the Phun City free festival held at Ecclesden Common, near Worthing in West Sussex, July 24th-26th (1970).

Offset litho. 76.3x51cm.

The festival was organised by Mick Farren, along with fellow former Worthing High School pupil, Gez Cox, and Ed Barker, who designed the poster. It featured appearances by the MC5, The Pretty Things, Kevin Ayers, Shagrat, the Edgar Broughton Band, Mungo Jerry, Mighty Baby and the Pink Fairies, among others (Free were billed but didn't play), as well as appearances by Jeff Nuttall, Alexander Trocchi and William Burroughs.

Several pieces of sellotape have been affixed along the edges on the back of the poster, which have bled through and are clearly visible from the front. A central horizontal crease, and tears, nicks and creasing to the edges contribute to its general state of wear.

This is the actual poster from Felix Dennis's collection that appears on p.63 in Farren's book, "Get On Down" (Futura/Dempsey, 1976), though its defects were airbrushed for publication (the page number is written on the verso in red printer's ink). Not the prettiest copy, but good provenance.

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