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Marquee founder Pendleton dies

2 October 2017

AS LIVE UK went to press it was revealed Harold Pendleton, the founder of legendary Marquee club in London and the Reading Festival, had died at the age of 93.

Artistes who played the venue, which had a somewhat fluid capacity ranging from an official 400 up to 800+, in its heyday include The Who, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Genesis and Guns N’Roses.

Pendleton established the venue in 1958 and sold the premises to former Rod Stewart manager Billy Gaff in 1986.

But the Marquee was far from Pendleton’s only lasting imprint on the music industry. He was also the founder of the National Jazz Festival, which morphed into the Reading Festival (then cap, 40,000) and set up production rental company Entec Sound + Light in 1968.

“He packed a lot into his 93 years and will be sorely missed,” says his wife Barbara.

Pendleton is also survived by his son Nick, chairman of Entec, and his granddaughter Amy.

For a more in-depth tribute to Harold Pendleton, see the next issue of LIVE UK.

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