The Roundhouse "Psychedelicamania" December 31, 1966, The Who, The Move with Pink Floyd and Opening Up.
A large and interesting advert was placed in Melody Maker on the 24th and the 31st to promote the event, which was scheduled from "10.00 pm till dawn". The Daily Mail newspaper attended both gigs, and published an article warning of "pop above the danger level".
Teenagers celebrating the New Year at two psychedelic pop music sessions in London were risking permanent damage to the ears. The music and light were arranged to create the psychedelic sensations similar to those experienced by taking the drug LSD. The lowest sound level in both clubs was 90 decibels on the edge of the dance floor. The highest was a steady 110 near the loudspeaker, where 20 to 30 young people were clustered in dazed immobility. The Pink Floyd group occasionally reached 120 at the "Freak-out". Nick Jones reviewed the gig in detail for Melody Maker on 7 January of the following year. Of the Floyd he wrote how 'on stage the Pink Floyd, The Who, and The Move each attempted to excite the audience into some positive action. The Pink Floyd have a promising sound, and some very groovy picture slides which attract far more attention than the group, as they merge, blossom, burst, grow, divide and die.
BTW, this poster is an artist's creation of what such a poster might have looked like.
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