Bowers & Wilkins and Abbey Road Studios help celebrate five decades of British cool – and you can be there!

Bowers & Wilkins is attending Vintage at Goodwood, and would love for you to join us. Together with the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, we are representing the very best that Britain has to offer in terms of sound recording and reproduction.

This innovative festival of music, design and fashion celebrates all that is great about British popular culture. The festival takes place in the wonderful surroundings of the Goodwood Estate on the 13, 14, 15th of August.

To mark the event, we are extremely happy to be able to offer you the chance to win tickets to the festival. First prize is a glamorous Hotel Bell Tent for four people for the festival weekend, while five runners up can win a pair of tickets for a day of their choice.

To enter, simply post a comment below telling us your favourite decade for British music and why. And we will pick the winners from our favourite answers.

This competition is now closed, and the winners have been notified by email. Thank you to everyone who entered.


  • Carl says:

    The 60s – Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Kenny Burrell etc – brilliant jazz guitarists!

  • Adrian Stone says:

    Oh come on it has to be the 70’s as they formed the modern pop and rock music styles…..
    All that Glam – Bowie, T Rex, Slade etc as well and the end of the Beatles and the subsequent solo’s of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison. We had The Stones in their pomp and prime plus of course Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and the infancy of the other heavy metal bands. And of course there was all that disco fever and lest we forget the emergence of punk and the birth of modern rock and pop music. (The 80’s were but a shadow in comparison!)

  • pete shaw says:

    You can’t disconnect the music from your life – what you were doing at the time is inextricably linked to the music you played and loved. For me, the 70s were the best – I was at university, freed from being at home home, and able to listen to the music that I liked, but my parents didn’t understand. Roll on Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Pink Floyd, David Bowie… Need I say more?

  • sarah Lazenby says:

    As a music lover of all decades, and as I also own the incredible Zeppelin I-pod Dock which produces such a massive sound from such a tiny little thing. (I nicknamed mine Dusty after Dusty Springfield – tiny person — massive voice!) I have chosen the world-changing British dominated decade of the 1960s, as this was an era of groundbreaking new heights in music, fashion, inventions, inspirations and innovations. Even though I wasn’t even born, It’s a decade I would love to Take a trip on the Time machine in “Back To The Future” and experience . A decade of change, Free love, hippies and leaders. A decade that culminated in 1969 at one of the largest outdoor rock concerts ever performed – Woodstock. A festival I can only dream of having attended. Featuring incredible British artists,such as Joe Cocker, The Who, Graham Nash,and Mitch Mitchell,(Drummer in Jimi Hendrix’s band .)The Beatles couldn’t perform as John Lennon’s entry to the US was blocked by Nixon – Oh well! When I have friends drop by for dinner or just to listen to some tunes we make our flat into a mini Woodstock with the Zeppelin centre-stage. While we float around to Pink Floyd,The Beatles etc we get all the nuances, ebbs and flows and dynamics even when we turn it down the sound is crystal clear. Much like a Dusty Springfield performance.
    My Fave band of the 60’s were the Beatles – who were far out not only for their incredible songwriting, music and image but for the atmospheric sound of their records, most still sounding relevant now and a gazillion times better than some of the over-manufactured pop of today,”Come Together” is in my top ten songs taken from the album “Abbey Road.” The sound of this album has a real magical quality to it and many bands record in Abbey Road today to try and recreate and capture the sound the Beatles had. When the Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show,this marked the start of The British Invasion into the US and was named “Beatlemania” after the incredible band. Groovy Man! Hugely talented British acts that went and broke America during the 60’s included The Animals, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and Dusty Springfield,the first non-beatle act to have a major US Hit. Artists from this decade still sell more records today from back catalogue than any other, and inspire many new artists. Which brings me to the Zeppelin, a classic in more ways than one and just like The Abbey Road album will stand the test of time and be an influence to other speaker dock designs. Innovative and imaginative like Joni Mitchell said — “We are Stardust, We are Golden” — anything is possible.
    If I won the tickets and the Bell Tent ,Man Would I would turn the experience into my own summer of love, “Make Love Not War” would be my motto, whilst the music plays loud and with flowers in my hair I would dance around the campfire with my new friends in a purple haze.
    Peace & Love xxx

  • Michael J. Amphlett says:

    The 60’s; everything changed dramatically, with music being the most obvious, which spurred changes in all other areas such as art. I doubt we’ll see such fundamental changes in the near future and I don’t see or hear any Miles Davis or Jimi Hendrix equivalents in the current music scene…but I’m very happy to see the likes of Tinariwen and Bassekou Kouyate thriving!

  • Phil Penfound says:

    Oh, it has to be the seventies… The music reflected the world. Capturing the moments that took us all along the journey from the innocence of ‘Peace and Love’ to ‘Anarchy’.

  • Jason says:

    It has tfo be the 70’s
    Which started with me discovering Elvis, then followed Glam rock , prog rock and finished with punk rock.
    It started my 40 year (ongoing) love affair with music, saw me buy my first single Mama Weer All Crazee Now, my first album Ziggy Stardust, go to my first gig Focus New Theatre Oxford
    Oh thnose halcyon days of MKIII Cortinas vinyl seats proper record shops with listening booths, flares with pockets big enough for your excercise books oh I could go on and on and on

  • Glen Manning says:

    70’s for me, music got heavy, love started to cost more but not as much as petrol in 1973-74

  • Dan Rusby says:

    The 80’s! Advances in technology enabled musicians to create new and exciting sounds which form the music of today. I love the electronic sounds that were pioneered back then. Turn it up… loud! How do I feel, tell me now how do I feel?!

  • Matt says:

    The 60’s! No one would dispute that the world changed when the Beatles rose to greatness. I still love to listen to Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. With advances in sound staging, the best is still to come.

  • Charles M says:

    It has to be the underated 70’s. Sticky fingers and Bowie at his best. Never bettered.

  • Sharon Hingley says:

    It would have to be the sixties , Jimi Hendrix , Woodstock 1969 , it can’t get any better than this.

  • Steve says:

    For me it has to be the 60s the decade when Rock USA move over to UK rocks the world. The world came to swinging Briton, when music concerts & love & Hyde Park concerts were free stones, Cream etc supergroups & super guitarists blossomed the list is endless .
    Music mix was amazing the Who played at Leeds & then guested at bubbles in Brentwood (where) the bands were still connected. Mods, Hippies, Ska, Reggae, Paul Simon wrote in the UK not the USA, Mark Bowlan created the colorful music & set the foundations of Glam for the next decade the routes of the Music of today are firmly embedded in the 60’s. The Beatles were originally influenced by Soul Motown & blues & then when they found there UK edge the soul train came across the Pond & they became the Big fish in the US. The British Musical Magnet of the 60s attracted the world to our towns our cinemas. Concerts in the 60’s did not need Glastonbury because we had festivals in every town & university bands were plentiful & tireless, IOW, Clacton, Roundhouse, Rod in Newqay, Crazy world of Arthur Brown & Clapton Kings head Romford, Procol Harem & on & on still living & loving the 60’s Carnaby street & of course Abbey was not so shabby all still listened through My B&W DM2a’s

  • Gerard says:

    It absolutely has to be the Eighties.

    The technological developments that became available to musicians at the beginning of this decade opened up a whole new landscape to be explored and resulted in an explosion of creativity and energy.

  • P. Bellinghausen says:

    Errata: the list of albums I compiled from memory was, it seems, slightly wrong. I meant Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (instead of Starless and Bible Black), with its experimental, Stravinsky-inspired title tracks. Also, Close to the Edge and Thick as a Brick were released in 1972, not 1973. It’s just a matter of changing “in that year” to “around that year” : )

  • John Boyle says:

    It has be the 80’s, such variety and expression not to mention live aid and the creation of MTV. At the age of 11 I first got into hi-fi when I listened to Mercy Street by Peter Gabriel on a Linn LP12 and some B&W speakers at a local hifi shop. It started my obsession with music and hifi I saved all my christmas, birthday and pocket money until I bought my 1st separates system. I have never looked back and still have B&W speakers today. Mercy Street is still one of my favorite songs of all time.

  • SusannaGrant says:

    Many thanks for all the brilliant answers, the competition is now closed and we’ll be announcing the winners and contacting them shortly.

    Society of Sound

  • dee beynon says:


  • john pearce says:

    Every decade offers music great,
    a good boogie for me and my date
    With The Wailers at Goodwood -I just can’t wait !!

  • Gordon Newlands says:

    The sixties. The Beatles, The Kinks, Small Faces and throw in some Motown and Stax. Innovative both musically and fashion wise there will never be a decade to touch this one.
    End of discussion.

  • Paul Snape says:

    Its got to be the early 70s Bad Company, Yes, Genesis, Pink floyd, Mike Oldfield all of who still give me great pleasure today. especially “Selling England by the Pound” got to be the all time Genesis classic.

  • Andy M says:

    Probably late 60’s, the Beatles and psychadelia because without that the high points of the early 70’s – Gabriel’s Genesis, Floyd’s Dark Side, Led Zep, Queen, Roxy Music etc couldn’t have developed

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