The rock music performances at the Winter Gardens are a significant part of the cultural heritage of Malvern and the West Midlands. The Winter Gardens hosted a wide range of rock bands from the early 1960s through to the 1990s, including some of the biggest names in the genre, such as Pink Floyd, The Who, Cream, Buzzcocks, The Jam, The Specials, The Velvet Underground and Motorhead. Not bad for a sleepy little town in Worcestershire!
These performances were not just entertainment; they also played an important role in shaping the local music scene and inspiring generations of musicians. Many people who attended Winter Gardens gigs went on to form their own bands, and the venue also served as a breeding ground for future stars, such as Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath.
Despite its importance, the history of rock music at the Winter Gardens is at risk of being forgotten. That’s why the Malvern Rock Archive is working to create a comprehensive record of these performances. The archive has compiled a database of over 500 gigs, as well as collecting memories from people who attended the gigs or were involved in them in any way. The archive also has a collection of memorabilia, such as posters, tickets, flyers, fanzines, and photographs.
The Malvern Rock Archive is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of rock music in Malvern and the West Midlands. It is also a reminder of the important role that the Winter Gardens played in the local music scene.
The funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund that has covered the hosting and maintenance of the site since it was created in 2018 will run out at the end of 2023. In order to keep the website running, the Malvern Rock Archive needs to raise £470 for each year.
Please donate to the Malvern Rock Archive GoFundMe fundraiser page to help keep this important musical heritage alive.
Every donation, no matter how small, will help to ensure that the Malvern Rock Archive remains a valuable resource for future generations.
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Please donate to the Malvern Rock Archive GoFundMe fundraiser page today and help to keep this important musical heritage alive.