Book on famous Lancaster University gigs re-launched

October 08, 2019

A hit book about legendary gigs by famous bands at Lancaster University will be relaunched at a special event this Saturday (October 12).

'When Rock Went to College' tells the amazing story of when music icons like The Who, Queen, Bob Marley and Paul McCartney performed in the university's Great Hall.

The book, first released to great acclaim in 2017, is by rock music fan Paul Tomlinson and Barry Lucas.

Barry, from Morecambe, was the university entertainments manager who booked acts between 1969 and 1985.

The relaunched book features some previously undiscovered shows, over 40 new photos some by one of the world's leading photographers, newly discovered posters and several thousand words of newly remembered stories from a few different contributors.

To mark the relaunch, Barry Lucas will be in conversation with Beyond Radio's Greg Lambert this Saturday at Lancaster Library from 1pm.

Barry will tell many amazing tales of when the major stars of rock and pop descended on Lancaster University.

Last month he was awarded an honorary fellowship in recognition of his work at the university.

The new Eden Music record shop in Morecambe town centre, formerly known as Vintage Vinyl, will provide the musical backdrop for the event which is being held at the same time as Lancaster Music Festival.

Admission is free and signed books will be available to buy.

A display of posters and photos from the Lancaster University gigs of the era will be on display in The Storey centre during Lancaster Music Festival which runs from October 10-14.

Barry will also be giving a talk at the Storey on Thursday (October 10) at 8.30pm. Tickets available at

Ahead of the relaunch, Barry Lucas will be Greg Lambert's guest on his weekly show The Resident on Beyond Radio this Tuesday (October 8). The show starts at 6pm.