Freddy Bannister, the promotor behind the first Knebworth festival, has passed away aged 84.

Bannister also organised the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music in June 1970, which saw performances from Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. He hired the site for £40, and hosted 12,000 attendees without any security or lavatories.

Glastonbury legend Micheal Eavis was in attendance at the festival, and was inspired to host the first ever Glastonbury Festival later that year.

Six years after the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music, Bannister was part of the team that organised the first Knebworth Festival, drawing crowds of 100,000 and paving the way for the large-scale music festivals we see today.

Bannister is survived by his wife and their daughter, Henrietta.