Hawkwind Live DVD eBay Auction Fails
In what many might describe as an innovative move – while others would regard as rather daft – Hawkwind decided to auction off via eBay the rights to film and distribute the band’s 40th anniversary celebration shows.
Up for grabs were the DVD rights for the two dates – held on August 28/29 at the Porchester Hall in London. The winning bidder would have had total access to film and record the gigs, and a three-year deal which would give them complete distribution control.
But while there were 11 bids in all, with a top one of £8,775, the reserve price put on this by Hawkwind wasn’t reached. As a result, the two landmark gigs weren’t professionally documented, although Classic Rock was present at the gigs and the band did film them with two cameras, one at either side of stage. However, this is almost certainly more for their own interest than official release.
While both nights drew large crowds, the absence of any significant guest appearances might suggest that anyone who had won the rights would have struggled to make it work on a commercial level. But will Hawkwind have set a precedent for others to follow? We shall see…
Meanwhile, in a further bout of cosmically inclined innovation, Hawkwind want to take fans on holiday with them – and it’s no joke.
The band are setting up Hawkwind Holidays, with the idea of offering people the chance of going away with Dave Brock and the boys. According to manager Kris Tait, the aim is to offer different packages, ranging from around £300 to over £1,000.
“How many times have you been away and ended up with 60 people you’ve got nothing in common with?” explained Tait to BBC Entertainment. “We’d take over a hotel or a boat, and everyone there would be like-minded. There would be music, storytelling. Just a jolly old time.” The initial aim is to have up to four of these per year.
Hawkwind Holidays have already asked fans, via an online survey, to name their preferred destinations. Out in front so far are a week’s camping at France’s Grand Dune du Pilat, a five-day stay at a convent in Bordeaux, and a cruise along a fjord to witness the aurora borealis. No mention of Margate or Clacton – or indeed the planet Zebuth in the constellation of Okeikskoiko (just turn left at Neptune) – as yet.
Hawkwind don’t see this as a moneyspinner, at least not yet: “We just want to break even.” Will they be selling psychedelic buckets and spades? Is space rock, with the name ‘Hawkwind’ running through the middle, going to be available? And are Silver Machine dodgems on order? These are the question that must be asked.