Pink Floyd Posters - January-June 1968

Pink Floyd
January-June 1968
Posters & Handbills

by Vernon Fitch

© copyright Vernon Fitch / The Pink Floyd Archives


This section of the Pink Floyd Poster Gallery documents Pink Floyd posters and handbills from January through June 1968.
Ads from magazines and newspapers are not included.

Any comments, corrections or additions to this listing would be appreciated.
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January-June 1968
Posters & Handbills

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  1. January 1968

    1. Lewes Town Hall poster, January 19, 1968
    2. Hastings Pier poster, January 20, 1968

  2. February 1968

    1. tSmurf, Holland poster, February 25, 1968 (cancelled Pink Floyd show)

  3. March 1968

    1. Middle Earth, March 16, 1968
      1. Poster
      2. Poster artwork
      3. Alternate blue poster
    2. Liverpool poster, March 20, 1968

  4. April 1968

    1. Piper Club poster, April 18-19, 1968
    2. Raven Club poster, April 20, 1968

  5. May 1968

    1. Westfield College poster, May 3, 1968
    2. First International Pop Festival, Rome 1968, May 4-10, 1968
      1. Poster
      2. Handbill
    3. Brighton Arts Festival poster, May 11, 1968
    4. Hotel Billard Palace handbill, May 2, 1968

  6. June 1968

    1. tSmurf, Holland poster, June 1, 1968
      1. Banner
      2. Poster with banner attached
      3. Poster #2
    2. Commemoration Ball, Oxford poster, June 21, 1968
    3. The First Holiness Kitschgarden for the Liberation of Love & Peace in Colours Festival, June 22, 1968
    4. Sheffiled Arts Festival poster, June 26, 1968
    5. Middle Earth, Torquay, June 29, 1968
      1. Poster
      2. Handbill


January 1968


Lewes Town Hall poster
January 19, 1968

1a) Lewes Town Hall poster, January 19, 1968
Date & Venue: Town Hall, Lewes, Sussex, England, January 19, 1968
Bands: Pink Floyd, Grannys Intentions, Johnny Fine and the Ramblers
Poster Size: 20" x 15"
Notes: A poster for the Pink Floyd show at Town Hall in Lewes, Sussex, England on January 19, 1968.
This was likely a show by the five man Pink Floyd, with both Syd Barrett and David Gilmour.



Hastings Pier poster
January 20, 1968

1b) Hastings Pier poster, January 20, 1968
Date & Venue: Hastings Pier, Hastings, Sussex, England, January 20, 1968
Bands: Pink Floyd, Beaufords Image
Poster Size: 16 1/2" x 11 1/2"
Notes: A poster for the Pink Floyd show at the Hastings Pier in Hastings, Sussex, England on January 20, 1968. Many believe that this was the last Pink Floyd concert with Syd Barrett.
This was likely a show by the five man Pink Floyd, with both Syd Barrett and David Gilmour. However, Barrett must have been pretty bad at this show (did he even play?) as the other members of Pink Floyd decided not to pick up Barrett for the next gig, and to continue as a four piece group with just David Gilmour. A low point in Pink Floyd history.


February 1968


tSmurf, Holland poster
February 25, 1968
(cancelled Pink Floyd show)

2a) tSmurf, Holland poster (cancelled Pink Floyd show)
Date & Venue: t Smurf, De Engh, Bussum, Netherlands, February 25, 1968
Bands: Pink Floyd
Poster Size: 37" x 24"
Notes: A concert poster for t Smurf in the Netherlands. The Pink Floyd concert listed on this poster was cancelled.


March 1968


Middle Earth poster
March 16, 1968

3a1) Middle Earth poster, March 16, 1968
Date & Venue: Middle Earth Club, London, England, March 16, 1968
Bands: Family, Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, the Nice, Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Arlo Guthrie, Soft Machine, Brian Auger Trinity and Julie Driscoll, Fairport Convention.
Poster Artists: Hapshash & the Colored Coat
Poster Size: 30" x 20"
Printing Information: Printed in England by David Joel Ltd., London.
Printing Method: offset lithography (not silkscreen)
Reference Number: no OA number
Notes: A poster for dates at the Middle Earth Club in March and April 1968. Pink Floyd is listed for March 16, 1968.
The poster art depicts two lovers lying amongst the ferns. Above the lovers are two alternate realities, one of darkness, one of light, a representation of the symmetry of space-time.
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3a2) Original artwork.

Artwork size: 29 x 19
Notes: This is the original artwork for the poster. The two lovers at the bottom of the artwork had to be censored (removing the boy's genitals) prior to printing the poster.
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3a3) Alternate blue printing:

Printing Information: Printed in England by David Joel Ltd., London.
Notes: An alternate printing of the Middle Earth poster in blue.



Liverpool poster
March 20, 1968

3b) Liverpool poster, March 20, 1968
Date & Venue: Grafton Rooms, Liverpool, England, March 20, 1968
Bands: The Pink Floyd, The Ten Years After, The Almost Blues.
Notes: A poster the Pink Floyd show at the Grafton Rooms in Liverpool, England on March 20, 1968.


April 1968


Piper Club poster
April 18-19, 1968

4a) Piper Club poster, April 18-19, 1968
Date & Venue: Piper Club, Rome, Italy, April 18-19, 1968
Bands: Pink Floyd
Notes: A poster the Pink Floyd shows at the Piper Club in Rome, Italy on April 18-19, 1968.



Raven Club poster
April 20, 1968

4b) Raven Club poster, April 20, 1968
Date & Venue: Raven Club, RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, England, April 20, 1968
Bands: Pink Floyd, The Delroy Williams Show, The Individual Set.
Poster Size: 30" x 20"
Notes: A poster the Pink Floyd show at the Raven Club in RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, England on April 20, 1968.


May 1968


Westfield College poster
May 3, 1968

5a) Westfield College poster, May 3, 1968
Date & Venue: Westfield College, Kidderpore Avenue, Hampstead, London, England, May 3, 1968
Bands: Pink Floyd, Grand Union.
Notes: A poster the Pink Floyd show at Westfield College on Kidderpore Avenue in Hampstead, London, England on May 3, 1968.
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This poster was reprinted in London in 2004 with a white border around the outside.



First International Pop Festival 1968 poster
May 4-10, 1968

5b1) First International Pop Festival 1968 poster
Date & Venue: Palazzo dello Sport EUR, Rome, Italy, May 4-10, 1968
Bands: Pink Floyd, etc.
Poster Artist: Hapshash & the Colored Coat
Poster Size: 29" x 20"
Notes: A poster for the Rome International Pop Festival that took place in May 4-10, 1968. No bands are listed on the poster. Pink Floyd performed on May 6, 1968.



First International Pop Festival 1968 handbill
May 4-10, 1968

5b2) First International Pop Festival 1968 handbill
Date & Venue: Palazzo dello Sport EUR, Rome, Italy, May 4-10, 1968
Bands: Pink Floyd, etc.
Notes: Handbill given out at the Rome International Pop Festival on May 4-10, 1968. Pink Floyd is listed as performing on May 6, 1968.



Brighton Arts Festival poster
May 11, 1968

5c) Brighton Arts Festival poster, May 11, 1968
Date & Venue: Thelme House, Brighton, Sussex, May 11, 1968
Bands: Pink Floyd, Soft Machine
Notes: A poster for the Brighton Arts Festival at Thelme House in Brighton, Sussex, England on May 11, 1968.



Hotel Billard Palace handbill
May 22, 1968

5d) Hotel Billard Palace handbill, May 22, 1968
Date & Venue: Hotel Billard Palace, Antwerp, Belgium, May 22, 1968
Bands: Pink Floyd
Notes: A small poster / handbill for Pink Floyd at the Hotel Billard Palace in, Antwerp, Belgium on May 22, 1968.


June 1968


tSmurf, Holland banner
June 1, 1968

6a1) tSmurf, Holland banner, June 1, 1968
Date & Venue:t Smurf, De Engh, Bussum, Netherlands, June 1, 1968
Bands: Captain Beefheart, Pink Floyd.
Poster Size: 10" x 26"
Notes: A small banner for the Pink Floyd show at tSmurf in Holland on June 1, 1968.
The banner says: "Also Saturday night 1st June 8PM, the English Group, Pink Floyd + Living Kick Formation."
The banner was produced to be attached to posters already printed for the Captain Beefheart tour, to which Pink Floyd were a late addition.
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6a2) tSmurf, Holland poster with banner attached:

Notes: This is the original poster, with the add on Pink Floyd banner taped to the bottom of the poster.



tSmurf, Holland poster #2
June 1, 1968

6a3) tSmurf, Holland poster #2, June 1, 1968
Date & Venue:t Smurf, De Engh, Bussum, Netherlands, June 1, 1968
Bands: Captain Beefheart, Pink Floyd.
Poster Artist: Martin D. Tonnis
Poster Size: 26 3/8 x 17 3/16
PT: .0042
Notes: A poster the Pink Floyd show at tSmurf in Holland on June 1, 1968.
The Poster says: "Saturday June 1, Starts 2 PM, Recordings for TV Beat Club 't Smurf, Entrance 2.50 Guilders, Also Pink Floyd in the Evening."
I have often wondered why they would make a new poster for the show after they went to the trouble of making a banner to append to the original posters so that they could continue using them.
This poster was obviously made after the original posters since Pink Floyd, who was added to the tour after it had been set up and posters printed, is now listed on this poster.
This poster also does not list all the acts. It only lists the top two acts, Captain Beefheart and Pink Floyd.
So perhaps this was made after the shows for sales purposes?



Commemoration Ball, Oxford poster
June 21, 1968

6b) Commemoration Ball, Oxford poster, June 21, 1968
Date & Venue: Commemoration Ball, Queen's College, Oxford, England, June 21, 1968
Bands: Procol Harum, Pink Floyd
Poster Size: 11 1/2" x 8"
Notes: A poster for the Commemoration Ball at Queen's College in Oxford, England on June 21, 1968.



Sheffield Arts Festival poster
June 26, 1968

6d) Sheffield Arts Festival poster, June 26, 1968
Date & Venue: Students Union, Sheffield University, Yorkshire, England, June 26, 1968
Bands: Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd
Notes: A poster for the Sheffield Arts Festival in the Students Union at Sheffield University, Yorkshire, England on June 26, 1968.



Middle Earth, Torquay poster
June 29, 1968

6e1) Middle Earth, Torquay poster, June 29, 1968
Date & Venue: Town Hall, Torquay, England, June 29, 1968
Bands: Pink Floyd
Notes: A poster for Middle Earth at Torquay on June 29, 1968.
Of questionable authenticity due to the use of the band member's faces on it.



Middle Earth, Torquay handbill
June 29, 1968

6e2) Middle Earth, Torquay handbill, June 29, 1968
Date & Venue: Town Hall, Torquay, England, June 29, 1968
Bands: Pink Floyd
Notes: A handbill for Middle Earth at the Town Hall in Torquay, England on June 29, 1968.


Poster Tales: I purchased my first Pink Floyd concert poster in 1968. Here's how it all started.

I grew up in Birmingham, Michigan, and in 1968 there was a thriving music scene happening in Michigan. We had music ballrooms downtown (the Grande Ballroom, and the Easttown Theater), and in Birmingham there was the Village Pub / Birmingham Palladium. I was fortunate in that Punch Andrews, who booked the Easttown Theater also booked the Village Pub, so many of the top acts that came through played locally in Birmingham as well.

I used to go to shows in Birmingham every weekend. As you entered the hall, there were handbills that you could pick up for upcoming shows. I collected these handbills for the local shows. Not long after the Village Pub opened, a headshop opened right next door. This headshop sold incense, pipes, beads, and, yes, posters for concerts, including ones from the west coast. They had an entire rack of Grande / Fillmore handbills for sale (I think they were 50 cents each) as well as full size posters on the walls. I was constantly adding to my collection of local posters/handbills by buying Grande and Fillmore posters/handbills every week. And one of the posters I bought in 1968 was a 1967 Pink Floyd poster from the Fillmore Auditorium. It was my first Pink Floyd poster.

Back in the 1960s, collecting posters was not anything like it is today. There were only a few places you could find them, namely in headshops and via mail order. I didn't order anything via mail order until the 1970s since I didn't know where to order from. But once I found out, I began ordering posters via mail order, and I started going to record shows where sometimes you would find posters if you were lucky. Little by little, my collection grew.

I continued to attend concerts and collect posters and handbills throughout the years. And posters were a large part in my life. I had my own bands (Invinculis in the 1960s, and Terrain in the 1970s/1980s), and, yes, we had our own posters made for our shows. And my sister was a poster artist in Ann Arbor in the 1980s making posters for local shows. I love collecting posters and Pink Floyd poster are among my favorites.