What famous rock bands have Barking and Dagenham played?

17:03 Aug 6, 2021

Next weekend promises to be a feast for the ears with two days of celebrations.

The Becontree 100 Festival kicks off August 14 as part of the Becontree Forever Weekender, followed a day later by the Roundhouse Music Festival.

The Boomtown Rats, Neville Staple from The Specials, Dr Feelgood, and John Coghlan’s Quo are among the performers heading to Parsloes Park.

Here the To post looks back on six legendary bands that rocked Barking and Dagenham over the years (in no particular order).

Led Zeppelin

Left to right: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin pictured in 1970.
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The English rock band that brought you tracks like Whole Lotta Love, Stairway to Heaven and Communication Breakdown appeared at the Village Blues Club in Dagenham in 1969. Today Dagenham Roundhouse, the club was widely regarded as the premier venue for rock music from east London in the late 1960s. to the mid-1970s.

Dark purple

Formed in 1968, Deep Purple is considered one of the pioneers of modern heavy metal and hard rock. In 1975, they entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the loudest group in the world for a concert in 1972. They also appeared at the Village Blues Club in 1969.

T. Rex

Appearing under their original name Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Village Blues Club in 1970, these glam rock pioneers brought us Ride a White Swan, Metal Guru and Telegram Sam. The band was formed in 1967 by the singer-songwriter. and guitarist Marc Bolan, who was killed in a car crash in 1977.

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac rock group at London Airport.

Fleetwood Mac photographed in 1970.
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This Anglo-American rock group has sold over 120 million records worldwide. Hits include Go Your Own Way, Dreams, and Everywhere. Fleetwood Mac first appeared on the Village Blues Club stage in 1970.


Appearing at the Village Blues Club in 1974, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, Brian May and John Deacon wrote hits such as Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions, Radio Gaga and Somebody to Love. In 2014, fans celebrated the 40th anniversary of the performance at Lodge Avenue, considered a milestone night for many local rock fans.


70s glam rock band Sweet was headlining the festival.  Image: J-LEE

70s glam rock band Sweet was headlining at the Roundhouse Music Festival in 2018.
– Credit: Jimmy Lee

These glam rock giants made headlines at the Roundhouse Music Festival in 2018. Selling over 55 million records worldwide, hits include Ballroom Blitz, Love is like Oxygen and Block Buster.

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