‘Extravaganza’ will be celebrating its Golden Anniversary. But how should Ashley and John mark it?

On Saturday morning, 2nd October 1971 schoolboy, Ashley Franklin and BBC tea boy, John Holmes walked into BBC Radio Nottingham’s Studio 1 and launched what was to become the legendary weekly rock show, ‘Extravaganza’. To schedule a progressive music show at such an important weekend timeslot should have been doomed to failure, yet it struck a chord for the youth of Nottingham and became a success that is still talked about today.  

Every edition had an Album of The Week. On the first show it was Emerson, Lake, & Palmer’s ‘Tarkus’.

As the show grew in stature it didn’t just feature the national bands, but also showcased local groups such as Gaffa, Plummet Airlines, Cisco, Wheels and Matarka. This led the team to launch live concerts at The Playhouse, Old Market Square and along the Victoria Embankment. 

And when the progressive rock machine began to wane, Extravaganza was there featuring local punk bands like Some Chicken and The Drains.

On Saturday 2nd October 2021 ‘On Saturday 2nd October 2021 ‘Extravaganza’ will be celebrating its Golden Anniversary. But how should Ashley and John mark it?

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