Myponga: South Australia’s first pop festival


The author, Lindsay Buckland, was only 13 years old at the time of the 1971 Myponga festival. Despite his ears ringing for three days after watching the explosive performance of Black Sabbath, the event was pivotal to him entering the world of professional music several years later. It was Black Sabbath’s first and only Australian gig that year, and they came from the UK for just one week.

After spending more than 30 years travelling and performing his unique instrumental sounds, playing an electric dulcimer, across the globe from Iceland to Singapore and everywhere in between, Lindsay has returned to where it all began. He spent the past three years researching and interviewing some original band members and going behind the scenes, from the promoters to the organisers and the naysayers, but especially, profiling the performers.

The book, which includes memorable black and white photos, will appeal to anyone interested in the history of Australian rock music and the vibrant social and musical era into which it was born.

ISBN: 978-0-6450116-0-9

By Lindsay Buckland

Soft cover – 485 pages

Additional information

Weight1.066 kg
Dimensions23.5 × 15.5 × 2.5 cm


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A former dairy farm at Myponga, on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, was the site of South Australia’s first pop festival which was attended by more than 20,000 enthusiasts over three days, from 30 January to 1 February 1971. The aim of the legendary Myponga music festival, the first of its kind in Australia, was to promote progressive pop music, and came less than 18 months after the famous Woodstock festival in the US.

Himself a professional musician, Lindsay Buckland’s book is an ‘encyclopedia’ of the event and musicians who participated at Myponga and how their contributions made it the success that it was.