1968

January

Caravan is formed : Pye Hastings, Richard Sinclair, David Sinclair and Richard Coughlan.

April

[06] Canterbury, Beehive Club [debut performance]
A review in the Kentish Gazette mention tht the band played "three sets of original compositions, Soft Machine numbers and Hugh Hopper songs"
[26] Canterbury, Beehive Club
[27] Canterbury, Beehive Club

May

A demo tape is recorded, with minimal equipment, and passed on to Island Records, the label of such acts as Traffic; contacts with other labels including the Beatles' own Apple Records.

June

Contacts with people from the underground paper International Times lead to Caravan's first London appearance
[28] London, Middle Earth [supporting Fairport Convention, also Chris McGregor Sextet]
They perform "badly", according to Pye Hastings, but enough people are impressed to generate a buzz about them, as a result of which Caravan are contacted by several labels (including Witchseason), and Ian Ralfini of Robbins Music. Ex-singer and aspiring producer Tony Cox expresses interest in producing the band, and Caravan's one and only demo tape is retrieved from the Island Records office.

July

Ian Ralfini and his partner Martin Wyatt attend a Caravan concert at the Beehive Club and offer them a publishing deal.
Caravan have to leave their rented house in Whitstable, due to complaints from their neighbours. Eventually they find another rehearsal place, a church hall in nearby Graveney. Unable to find another place to live, they eventually pinch their own tents outside the church hall and spend the summer living and rehearsing there .

September

Sessions for Caravan's debut single and album begin at London's Advision Studios with Tony Cox producing. A hired van is sent down from London to pick them up and take them to the studio. First songs in the can are "Place Of My Own" and "Magic Man", the future A and B stides of the single.
[28] Canterbury, Beehive Club

October

Sessions for the first album continue at Advision Studios.

November

With the diminishing temperature making it difficult to continue living at Graveney's church hall, Caravan are encouraged by friends to move to London, they do, but this proves to be a bad move, for they have nowhere to live. In desperation they have to sleep in their van, until they find an empty house to squat in. After six weeks, they elect to return to Canterbury.

December

The band moves into a house in Stodmarsh Road, just outside Canterbury, renting a nearby bungalow for rehearsing purposes.
[06] Birmingham, Mothers [supporting Eire Apparent]
[31] London, BBC Studios [Top Gear] - "Green Bottles For Marjorie", "Place Of My Own", "Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin'" and "Ride" performed (broadcast Jan 05)

1969

January

"Caravan" and the single "A Place Of My Own" (b/w "Ride") are released on MGM/Verve
Despite some airplay and John Peel's support, it fails to chart
[27] London, BBC Studios [Brandon] - "A Place Of My Own", "Ride", "Green Bottles For Marjorie" (broadcast Feb 3)

February

[03] London, Speakeasy Club
Caravan are introduced by Ian Ralfini to a leading London management company run by Terry King. King soon becomes the band's manager and agent.
[05] London, Marquee Club [supporting Yes] (first of many appearances at the Marquee)
[10] Wolverhampton, Catacombs
[14] Pontypool, ICI Fibres Club [also: John Lee Hooker; Groundhogs, Blossom Toes]
[18] London, Marquee Club [supporting Gun]
During this gig Pye Hastings receives severe electric shock on stage, and has to be taken to Middlesex Hospital after being unconscious for a minute. He makes it back in time for the second set, but the band are prevented from playing by their press officer who is keen on taking advantage of the resulting publicity.

March

[04] Exeter, Tiffanys [also: Principal Edwards' Magic Theatre]
[13] Swindon, Locarno [also: Duffy Taylor Blues Band]
[15] Plymouth, Van Dike
[15] Colour Me Pop broadcast on BBC2 TV
Setlist: "Place Of My Own", "Magic Man", "Green Bottles For Marjorie", "Love Song With Flute" (with Jimmy Hastings), "Ride"
[22] London, Royalty Theatre (Middle Earth) [also: Peter Brown's Battered Ornaments,Writing On The Wall]
[25] Kingston, College of Art [also: Edgar Broughton Band]

April

[25] London, The Lyceum (Midnight Court) [supporting Jeff Beck Group, also: Al Stewart, Ron Geesin, Sam Gopal's Dream, Edgar Broughton Band]
[27] Kidderminster, Frank Freeman Club

May

[29] Ewell, Technical College [also: Louise]

June

[05] London, Royal Albert Hall [with Ritchie Havens and Eclection]
[15] Southall, Farx
[16] Wolverhampton, Catacombs
[19] Bristol, Old Granary [also: Griptight Thynn, Lightship]
[21] Dagenham, Roundhouse
[23] The band fly to Germany to record a TV show (in Bremen)
[25] Exeter, Technical College
[27] London, The Lyceum (Midnight Court) [also: Junior's Eyes, support: Principal Edwards Magic Theatre, Screw]

July

With MGM/Verve curtailing their UK activities due to financial difficulties, Caravan are released from their contract, and look for another label, eventually signing with Decca thanks to active lobbying from recent convert David Hitchcock, then working at Decca's art department.
The band restrict live performances during July in order to rehearse material for a new album
[12] Nottingham, 12-Hour Happiness Festival
[20] Birmingham, Mothers Club [also: Deep Purple]
[24] London, ICA [guests: Jimmy Hastings + jam session with Dave Arbus & Robert Wyatt]

August

[06] London, Regent Sound Studios (Pye Hastings takes part in sessions for Hugh and Brian Hopper publishing demos, recording two songs with Hugh Hopper on bass and Robert Wyatt on drums/vocals)
[09] London, The Lyceum (Midnight Court) [also: Blossom Toes, Elmer Gantry and Dry Ice]
[26] London, BBC Studios [Top Gear] - "The Clipping Of The Eighth", "Why" and "Excerpt From The Daily Routine Of Maurice Haylett" performed (broadcast Sep 14)

September

[07] London, Tangerine Studios [demo sessions - "Why?", "Clipping The 8th" and "As I Feel I Die" recorded]
[27] Malvern, Winter Gardens [also: Yes]
[29] Bristol, Old Granary

October

[--] Canterbury, University Of Kent (Freshers' Week)
[24] Bolton, Albert Hall [also: JC Heavy]
[26] Amougies (Belgium), Mont de l'Enclus (Actuel festival)
This huge festival was initially supposed to take place in Paris, but French authorities prevented that, and the promoter (Jean Karakos of Byg Records) opted to stage it a few miles away from the French border. Many leading pop-rock and free jazz artists performed (including Soft Machine, Pink Floyd, Gong, the Blossom Toes, etc.) to an audience numbering about 20 000 people. Frank Zappa acted a compere and jammed with some of the bands, including Caravan for a memorable rendition of "If I Could Do It All Over Again...".

November

[01] Uxbridge, Brunel University [also: Idle Race, Genesis]
[08] Watford, University (College Union) [support: Aardvark]
[09] London, EMI Abbey Road (session for Kevin Ayers' "Religious Experience", later retitled "Singing A Song In The Morning", involving Richard Sinclair, Richard Coughlan and possibly David Sinclair)
[10] Aylsebury, Friars
[28] Woolwich Polytechnic [also: Genesis, Gun Hilll, Stripper]

December

[04] Canterbury, UKC Keynes College [also: Juicy Lucy]
[06] Ewell Technical College [also: Juicy Lucy]
[10-11] London, The Palace Theatre
[23] London, St. Pancras Town Hall (Christmas Moonrock) [also: Rare Bird, Hawkwind, Man, Flaming Youth]
[28] Bletchley, Youth Centre [with Steamhammer, Rare Bird and Man]

1970

January

[05] West Croydon, Star Hotel [support: Pony]
[11] London, Lyceum [also: Andromeda, Boris]
[26] Wolverhampton, Catacombs
[30] Birmingham, Aston University

February

[12] Kingston Polytechnic [also: Rare Bird, Wishbone Ash]
[13] Walthamstow, Chez Club
Recording sessions for Caravan's second album begin at London's Tangerine Studios
[22] London, Roundhouse (Spring Festival) [also: David Bowie & The Hype]
[27] London, Tangerine Studios (session for "A Day In The Life Of Maurice Haylett")

March

More recording sessions at Tangerine Studios
[05] London, Marquee Club [support: Griffin] (first headline appearance at the Marquee)
[13] Newcastle Polytechnic
[17] Hanley, The Place
[19] Folkestone, Lea's Cliff Hall
[21] Little Bardfield [nr Thaxted], Barn Club
[23] West Croydon, Star Hotel [support: Easy Leaf]
[24] Hanley, The Place

April

[02] London, Marquee Club
[03] Southsea, Kimbles
[05] Cleethorpes, Winter Gardens
[11] Salisbury, Alex
[12] Richmond, The Castle [support: Easy Loaf]
[22] Watford, Top Rank [with Black Sabbath]

May

[--] Canterbury, The Foundry
This gig is recorded with amateur equipment by Brian Hopper, and later released as part of the Canterburied Sounds collection.
[15] London, The Phonograph
[23] Ewell, Technical College [supporting Black Sabbath; also Mobius]
[28] London, Marquee Club [support: Spring Fever]

June

[06] London, Olympia (festival)
[18] London, Marquee Club [also: Patto]
[28] Rotterdam (Netherlands), Kralingen Park (Holland Pop Festival) [also: Soft Machine, Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention, Fotheringay...]

July

[02] London, Marquee Club [support: Mandragon]
[10-11] Munich, Germany Olympia Eissport-Stadion Am Oberwiesenfeld (Euro-Pop '70 AZ-Musikfestival) [also: Krokodil, Mighty Baby, Status Quo, Brinsley Schwarz, Hard Meat, East Of Eden, Black Sabbath, Edgar Broughton, Taste, Juicy Lucy, Jody Grind, Out Of Focus, Van der Graaf Generator, Amon Duul II, Atomic Rooster, Savoy Brown, Free, Steamhammer, Traffic, Deep Purple, Black Widow, Bronco] (Caravan's appearance cancelled)
[11] Aachen (Germany), Reiterstadion Soers (Open Air Pop Festival) [also: Keef Hartley Band, Taste, Mungo Jerry, Can, Kevin Ayers & The Whole World, Edgar Broughton Band, Kraftwerk]
[30] London, Marquee Club

August

It is announced in the music press that Caravan's manager Terry King has returned from America where he has negociated a tour for late October with the American group Flock - however this will not materialize
[06] Scarborough, Penthouse
[07] "Hello Hello" b/w "If I Could..." single released (the sides are subsequently reversed)
[08] Durham, Dunelm House
[09] Plumpton, 10th National Jazz, Pop, Ballad & Blues festival [also Yes, Colosseum, VdGG, Juicy Lucy...]
[15] London, The Temple
[19] London, BBC Studios [Top Of The Pops] - "Hello Hello", "If I Could..." and "As I Feel I Die" performed
David Sinclair takes part in the sessions for Robert Wyatt's solo album End Of An Ear.

September

[04] If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You is released
[06] Cleethorpes, Winter Gardens
[07] Wolverhampton, Catacombs
[09] London, Studio TI, Shepherds Bush [BBC session] (details unknown)
[14] London, Decca Studios (session for "Group Girl" (early version of 'Golf Girl') and "It's Likely To Have A Name Next Week" (early version of 'Winter Wine'))
[mid] London, Decca Studios (session for "Nine Feet Underground" basic tracks)
Caravan are put on a headlining package tour of the UK with fellow Terry King protegés Jackson Heights
[22] Oxford, Town Hall [also: Jackson Heights]
[24] Manchester, Houldsworth Hall [also: Trevor Billmuss, Jackson Heights]
[25] Salisbury, City Hall [also: Jackson Heights]
[26] Guildford, Civic Hall [also: Jackson Heights]
[27] London, The Lyceum [also: VdGG, Jackson Heights]
[30] Leeds, Town Hall [also: Jackson Heights]

October

[05] Southampton, Guildhall [also: Jackson Heights] (postponed to Nov 23?)
[08] Dunstable, California Ballroom [also: Trevor Billmuss, Jackson Heights]
[09] London, South Bank Polytechnic [also: East Of Eden, Timothy David] (all-nighter)
[10] London, The Temple [support: Mirrors, Orang Utang]
[11] Bexley, Black Prince Hotel [also: Trevor Billmuss, Jackson Heights]
[--] BBC Radio 1 In Concert broadcast
[16] Nottingham, Trent Polytechnic [also: Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band, Slade]
[18] Peterborough, Cloud Nine [also: Trevor Billmuss, Jackson Heights]
[24] Hornsea, Floral Hall [support: Nothin'ever'appens, Bone]
[26] Warrington, Carlton Club
[30] London, Fagins Blues Club [also: Trevor Billmuss, Jackson Heights]

November

[02] London, BBC Studios [Top Gear] - "Golf Girl", "For Richard" and "Hello Hello" performed (broadcast Nov 14)
[03] Swindon, McIlroys
[14] London, Imperial College
[23] Southampton, Guidhall [also: Trevor Billmuss, Jackson Heights]
[26] Warrington, Carlton Club
[28] Reading, University [also: Audience]

December

Recording sessions for the next album are moved to AIR Studios; among the first songs recorded are "Love To Love You", "Aristocracy", "Golf Girl" and a new backing track for "Winter Wine"
[04] Maidstone, College of Art [also: Audience (replacing Van Der Graaf Generator who cancelled)]
[05] Ewell County Technical College [feat. J.Hastings] [also: T2, Lindisfarne]
[06] Hemel Hempstead, Pavilion
[12] Boston, Starlight Rooms [also: Mogul Thrash]
[14] London, AIR Studios (session for "In The Land Of Grey And Pink" and "Frozen Rose")

1971

January

[01] Wimbledon, Hobbits Garden
[09] London, AIR Studios (session for "Nine Feet Underground" overdubs)
Possibly around this time, Caravan "visit Holland and play in some of the top clubs in Amsterdam"
[17] London, Lyceum [also: Head Hands & Feet, White Trash, Gary Farr]
[27] Greenford, Big Brother Club

February

"Love To Love You" single is released (b/w "Golf Girl")
[04] East Sheen [London], The Bull
[05] Lancaster, University (Lancaster Arts Festival) [supporting Elton John, also: Skid Row]
[06] London, BBC Studios (Top Gear) [also: National Head Band]
[12] London, City Polytechnic [also: Stray, Birth]
[20] Exeter, University

March

[05] Folkestone, School of Arts
[11] London, BBC Studios [Alan Black Show] - "Love To Love You", "In The Land Of Grey And Pink", "Golf Girl", "Love Song Without Flute" performed (broadcast Apr 9)
[12] Oxford, St.Helen's College
[19] Kingston, Polytechnic (?)
[19] Epsom, Baths (?)
[19] Hampstead, Westfield College (All-Nighter) [also: Pretty Things, Gracious!, Spirogyra, Black Cat Bones, Squaw, Muskrat, New Bread]
[20] London, Roundhouse
[21] Bexley, Black Prince Hotel
[23] Fly to Brussels for TV date
[27] Fly to Holland for TV date
[29] London, BBC Studios [Top Gear] - "Nine Feet Underground" performed (broadcast Apr 17)

April

[02] Wimbledon, Hobbits Garden
[04] Stevenage, Bowes Lyon House [support: Tear Gas]
[08] Kingham Hall [support: UFO]
[08] "In The Land Of Grey And Pink" released
[09] Brighton, Sussex Sports Centre
[17] Newcastle, City Hall [also: Bell & Arc, Gringo]
[18] London, Lyceum [also: BJH, Gringo]
[19] Preston, Public Hall [also: BJH, Gringo] (BJH didn't appear)
[20] Manchester, Free Trade Hall [also: BJH, Gringo]
[21] Bournemouth, Winter Gardens [also: BJH, Gringo]
[22] Sheffield, City Hall [also: BJH, Gringo]
[23] Bristol, Colston Hall [also: BJH, Gringo]
[24] Guildford, Civic Hall [also: BJH, Gringo]
[25] Epping, Wake Arms [also: BJH, Gringo]
[27] Crawley, Starlight Club [also: BJH, Gringo]
[29] Canterbury, University of Kent [also: BJH, Gringo]
[30] Cardiff, University [also: BJH, Gringo]

May

[01] Paris (France), Golf-Drouot (two shows)
[02] London, Roundhouse (Implosion) [also: Hawkwind, Gnidrolog]
[06] London, Paris Theatre (John Peel's Sunday Concert) - "Nine Feet Underground" and "Feelin' Reelin' Squealin'" performed)
[08] Durham, University
[13] Monmouth, University
[14] Neath, Gwyn Hall
[15] Penarth, Paget Rooms
[16] Croydon, Greyhound [support: Help Yourself]
[22] Carmarthen, Trinity College
[29] Surrey University

June

[02] Twickenham, Winning Post [support: Indian Summer]
[08] West Hampstead, Decca Studios (Pye Hastings solo demo session - "Pye's June Thing" and "Ferdinand")
[13] Leicester, De Montfort Hall [also BJH, Pluto]
[14] Stafford, Stychfields Hall
[18] London, Crystal Palace (Motor-Racing Event)
[19] Auvers-sur-Oise (France), Festival (Caravan's appearance cancelled after this 3-day festival is cut short on the first night)
[20] Paris (France), Golf-Drouot

July

[02] Lincoln, Silvergate Ballroom [support: Catweazle]
[09] Oxford, Town Hall [also Gary Wright, Khan]
[10] Guildford, Civic Hall [with Jimmy Hastings] [also Gary Wright, Khan]
[11] London, Lyceum [also Gary Wright, Khan]
[12] Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
[15] Catford, St.Dunstan's College (Shelter Benefit) [also: Pluto, Quiet Sun]
[17] Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall [also Gary Wright, Khan]
[18] Stoke-on-Trent, Hanley Victoria Hall [also Gary Wright, Khan]
[22] Birmingham, Kinetic Circus
[24] Bremen (Germany), Beat Club ("Golf Girl" and "Winter Wine" performed, but only the former is broadcast - the complete performance is made available on the 2011 "deluxe" reissue of In The Land Of Grey And Pink) (broadcast Jul 27)
[late] Cologne (Germany) (promotional visit by Pye Hastings and Richard Sinclair)
[30] Derby, Matlock Baths [also: Quintessence]

August

[07] Plymouth, Van Dike
David Sinclair announces that he's leaving the band. He is replaced by Steve Miller
[28] Clacton, Weeley Rock Festival [also: Being, Groundhogs]

September

[03] Wimbledon, Hobbits Garden [support: Burnt Oak]
[05] London, Marquee Club (afternoon) ("special for German TV - free admission") [also: Patto, Fusion Orchestra]
[16] Kensington, Town Hall [support: Nazareth or Captain Rabbit]
[17] Paris (France), Gibus Club [also: Graham Bond]
[18] Dourges (France), Le Piblokto
[20] Paris (France), Olympia (Lundis De L'Olympia) [also: Seatrain, Zoo]
[24] London, The Temple [also: Gravy Train, Fruupp]

October

[22] Salford, University [also: Wild Turkey, Unicorn]
[28] London, Decca Studios [session for "The Love In Your Eye (first version)"]

November

[04] Tolworth, Toby Jug
[--] London, Decca Studios Tollington Park [session for "Steve's Number One", aka "It's Coming Soon"; "Nothing At All", "Waterloo Lily"]
[08] London, Decca Studios Tollington Park [session for "Looking Left, Looking Right", "Pye's Loop"]
[11] London, Decca Studios Tollington Park [session for "Three Blind Mice", aka "Songs And Signs"]
[--] London, Decca Studios Tollington Park [session for "The Love In Your Eye" (released version)]
[20] Twickenham, St.Mary's College [also: Home]

December

[10] London, Imperial College (Royal College of Science Carnival Dance) [also: Bridget St.John, Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band, Phoenix Ashe...]
[--] Ross-on-Wye, Top Spot Ballroom [support: Khan]
[17] London, Marquee Club [support: Khan]
[19] Salford, Victoria Theatre (Implosion) [support: Carol Grimes & Uncle Dog, Tom McMaster]

1972

January

[15] Cambridge, Technical College [also: Genesis]
[29] Epsom Bath Halls [support: Khan]

February

[04] High Wycombe, Technical College (College Ball) [also Vinegar Joe, Writing On The Wall, Pahana And Strippers]

March

[01] London, Decca Studios [session for "Any Advance on Carpet? (incorporating Bossa Nochance)"]
[15] Den Haag (Netherlands), Amicitia
[16] Enschede (Netherlands), Vrijthof
[17] Groningen (Netherlands), Apollo
[18] Vento (Netherlands), Stadsschouwburg De Prins
[19] Rotterdam (Netherlands), De Doelen
[24] Loughton, College of Further Education
[28] London, Marquee Club [support: Life Blud]

April

[03] Paris (France), Golf Drouot [acoustic set]
[04] Shrewsbury, Music Hall
[11] London, BBC Studios [John Peel show] - "Waterloo Lily", "The Love In Your Eye" and "The World Is Yours" performed (broadcast May 2)
[15] Llandaff, Technical College
[26] Atherstone, Memorial Hall
[29] Montreux (Switzerland), Casino (Montreux Festival) [also: Lindisfarne, Captain Beyond]

May

[02] or [19] "Waterloo Lily" is released
[05] York, University
[10] Reims (France)
[11] Charleroi (Belgium)
[12] Nancy (France)
[13] Beaulieu [nr Montbéliard] (France) [also: Ange]
[16] Bordeaux (France), Alhambra [also: Ange]
[18] Toulouse (France), Salle des Fêtes de Colomiers
[19] Rodez (France), Maison des Jeunes
[20] Grenoble (France) (cancelled)
[21] Mulhouse (France)
[22] Paris (France), Golf-Drouot (3pm) [broadcast on France-Inter]

June

[05] Chaltham, Central Hall [with Khan and the Parlour Band]
[07] Aberystwyth, King's Hall [with the Parlour Band]
[08] Plymouth, Guildhall [with Khan and the Parlour Band]
[11] London, Lyceum [with Khan and Sandgate]
[13] Digbeth [nr Birmingham], Civil Hall [with Khan and the Parlour Band]
[15] Guildford, Civic Hall [with Khan and the Parlour Band]
[16] Preston, Public Hall [with Khan and the Parlour Band]
[17] Middlesbrough, Town Hall [with Khan and the Parlour Band]
[18] Oakengates, Town Hall [with Khan and the Parlour Band]
[22] Buxton, Pavilion Gardens [with Khan and the Parlour Band]
The first album is reissued by Polydor, with a completely different cover design

July

[08] Aylesbury, Friars [with Gnidrolog]
[21] London, King's Cross Cinema (King Sound) [support: Sandgate, The Parlour Band]
[25] Solihull, Civic Hall (Solihull Festival Of Arts) [with Genesis]
Steve Miller leaves, soon followed by Richard Sinclair, having already joined Steve in a reformation of Delivery (with Phil Miller and Pip Pyle completing the line-up). John G. Perry (whose band Gringo had supported Caravan on its Spring 1971 UK tour) is considered as replacement, but has just joined Spreadeagle. Eventually, an introduction through a friend produces Stuart Evans, ex-Thank You. A series of auditions turn up keyboard player Derek Austin, ex-Gass, and Geoffrey Richardson on viola, ex-Spirogyra.

September

[09] Bern (Switzerland), Gaskessel [first gig with new line-up]
[10] Montbéliard (France), Halle Polyvalente (Festival de Séloncourt) [also: Claude Marchadour, Hopeful, Catharsis, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Nektar, If (Caravan played between Catharsis and A.Brown)]
[mid] Caravan's new line-up is announced in the UK music press.
[16] Eindhoven (Netherlands), Festival [also: Supersister, Drama...]
[23] Woluwé-St.Pierre [nr Bruxelles] (Belgium), L'Athénée [also: Hiroshima, Rock'n'Roll All-Stars]
[24] Presseux (Belgium), Château (Festival) [also: Atomic Rooster, Pazop, Lagger Blues Machine, Recreation, Daily Life]
[27] Paris (France), Golf Drouot (postponed)
[29] Portsmouth, Parade Pier [UK debut by new line-up]
[30] Reading, Town Hall [support: Half-Human Band]

October

[01] Croydon, Greyhound [support: Mike Maran]
[06] London, Westfield College [support: Glencoe]
[07] London, Northern London Poly [support: Thank You]
[08] Manchester, Stoneground [support: Fusion Orchestra]
[10] London, Marquee Club [support: Sandgate]
[14] St.Albans, City Hall [support: Fat Grapple]
[17] London, Marquee Club [support: Sandgate]
[22] Gravesend, Civic Hall [support: Clear Blue Sky]
[26] Strasbourg (France), Le Chalet (postponed)
[27] Paris (France), Golf Drouot (postponed)
[28] Llanelli, Glen Ballroom

November

[03] Ipswich, Civic College [also: Genesis, Parlour Band]
[11] Ewell, Technical College [also: Capability Brown, Sparks]
[23] Dublin, Trinity College
[25] Coleraine, New University of Ulster
[26] Belfast, Queen's University
[29] Hull, Malcolm's [support: Holy Mackerel]
[30] Marseille (France), Théâtre Alex Toursky

December

[01] Montpellier (France), Université des Sciences [support: Vélo Rouge]
[03] Avignon (France), Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture
[05] Strasbourg (France), Le Chalet
[06] Aarau (Switzerland) (cancelled?)
[06] Belfort (France), Centre Culturel
[07] Reims (France), Faculté de Pharmacie
[08] Paris (France), Golf-Drouot
While in Paris, Caravan are filmed for the French TV programme "Rockenstock" (broadcast Jan 2), performing "He Who Smelt Dealt It" (finale) and "The Love In Your Eye"
[09] Paris (France), Mairie du Vème
[10] Loison-sur-Lens [nr Lens] (France), Eden Ranch
[18] Caravan enter the studio to record a new album, until early January
[18] London, Chipping Norton Studios [sessions for "He Who Smelt It Dealt It", "Waffle"]
[19] London, Chipping Norton Studios [sessions for "No! - Part One of Waffle", "Surprise Surprise"]

1973

January

[05] London, Chipping Norton Studios [sessions for "Derek's Long Thing"]
[09] London, Marquee Club [support: Sandgate]
[11] Hull, Intercontinental
[12] Birmingham, Aston University
[13] Kingston, Polytechnic [support: Jericho]
[19] Lowestoft, College of Further Education
[22] Cambridge, Arts Theatre
[23] Caravan fly to Australia to start a tour with Slade (main act), Lindisfarne and Status Quo (support acts)
[27] Auckland (New Zealand), Hamilton Racecourse [supporting Slade, also: Lindisfarne, Status Quo + local support: Blackfeather]
[28] Sydney (Australia), Randwick Racecourse [supporting Slade, also: Lindisfarne, Status Quo]
[29] Brisbane (Australia), Lang Park Oval [supporting Slade, also: Lindisfarne, Status Quo]
[31] Perth (Australia), Subiaco Oval
[supporting Slade, also: Lindisfarne, Status Quo]

February

[03] Adelaide (Australia), Wayville Showgrounds [supporting Slade, also: Lindisfarne, Status Quo]
[04] Melbourne (Australia), Showgrounds [supporting Slade, also: Lindisfarne, Status Quo + local support: Country Radio, Buffalo]
Upon completion of the Australian tour, Stuart Evans and Derek Austin leave
John G. Perry joins on bass and vocals
[23] Newcastle, University [support: Hatfield and the North]

March

[02] Coventry, Lanchester Polytechnic
[mid] The band, as a quartet, enter Chipping Norton studios to re-start the album
[17] Northampton, Cricket Club [support: Sammy]
David Sinclair rejoins, having left Hatfield and the North, and plays on the new album, now planned for release in May

April

[03] Nanterre [nr Paris] (France), Grand Amphi
[04] Orléans (France) (cancelled?)
[05] Lyon (France) (cancelled?)
[05/07] Clermont-Ferrand (France), Fac de Lettres
[08] Avignon (France), Théâtre du Chène Noir
[14] Fife (Scotland), St. Andrews University [also SAHB, Kingdom Come, Principal Edwards' Magic Theatre, Rob Noakes, Bridget St.John etc.]
Recording sessions resume, with the new quintet line-up, at Decca Studios after Easter
[21] Northampton, Cricket Ground [support: Raw Material]
[23] London, Marquee Club [support: Sutherland Brothers]
[28] Epsom, Ebbisham Hall [support: Longdancer]

May

[04] Coventry, College of Education [support: Gordon Giltrap]
[05] Weymouth, College of Education [also Wizzard, Medicine Head, Hemlock, Steve Gibbons...]
[11] Maidstone, Art College
[18] Rugby, Polytechnic [also Principal Edwards' Magic Theatre]

June

[02] Crewe, College of Education
[04] Weymouth, Pavillion
[05] Stockport, Warren Country Club
[06] Weymouth, Pavillion [Caravan Express Tour with Gordon Giltrap and Sundance]
[07] Blackpool, College of Art [Caravan Express Tour with Gordon Giltrap and Sundance]
[08] Oakengates, Town Hall [Caravan Express Tour with Gordon Giltrap and Sundance]
[10] Birmingham, Barbarella's [Caravan Express Tour with Gordon Giltrap and Sundance]
Recording sessions resume at Decca Studios
[17] London, Shaw Theatre [also: Sandgate]
[21] Hinkley, Concordia Theatre [Caravan Express Tour with Gordon Giltrap and Sundance]
[22] Leeds, Queens Hall [also Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Jack The Lad, Hawkwind, Home, P.Hammill, Sandgate...]
[23] Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall [Caravan Express Tour with Gordon Giltrap and Sundance]
[25] London, Marquee Club [support: Spirogyra]
[26] Brighton, Top Rank [Caravan Express Tour with Gordon Giltrap and Sundance]
[28] Hull, Intercon Club (or Malcolms) [Caravan Express Tour with Gordon Giltrap and Sundance]
[29] Isleworth, Polytechnic [Caravan Express Tour with Gordon Giltrap and Sundance]
[30] Guildford, Technical College [Caravan Express Tour with Gordon Giltrap and Sundance]

July

[01] Torquay, Pavillion [also: Gordon Giltrap]
Mixing sessions at AIR Studios. Release date postponed from August 4 to September 21, due to WHSmith and Boots threatening to ban the album because of its "offensive" cover
[24] London, Marquee Club [support: Sundance]
Setlist: "Memory Lain, Hugh" / "Headloss", "The Dog, The Dog, He's At It Again", "The Love In Your Eye", "Be Alright" / "Chance Of A Lifetime", "A-Hunting We Shall Go", "For Richard"

August

[04] Glamorgan, Barry Memorial Hall [also Principal Edwards' Magic Theatre]
[07] La Faute-sur-Mer (France), Modulobul [also: Lucie Dans Le Ciel]
[10] London, Underneath The Arches/Charing Cross [also: Sammy, Global Village Trucking Co.]
[18] Manchester, Stoneground
[20] London, BBC Studios (John Peel show) - "Headloss", "Memory Lain, Hugh" and "A-Hunting We Shall Go" performed (broadcast Aug 30)
[25] Reading Festival (cancelled)

September

[08] London, Paris Theatre [BBC Radio One broadcast]
[12] London, BBC Studios (Bob Harris show) - "Be Alright" / "Chance Of A Lifetime", "C'tuhlu Thlu" and "The Love In Your Eye" performed (broadcast Oct 1)
[29] Kingston, Polytechnic

October

[04] Oxford, Polytechnic
[05] Huddersfield, Polytechnic
[05] "For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night" released
[06] Lanchester, Polytechnic
[12] Aberdeen, University
[13] Glasgow, University
[19] Heslington, University Of York - Derwent College
[20] Anglesey, Wheeler's 20 Plus Club
[26] North London Poly, Ladbroke House [also: Gordon Giltrap]
[28] London, Theatre Royal Drury Lane [with the New Symphonia Orchestra conducted by Martyn Ford]
Setlist: "Memory Lain, Hugh" / "Headloss", "The Dog, The Dog He's At It Again", "Hoedown" [first set, without orchestra] // "Introduction", "The Love In Your Eye", "Mirror For The Day", "Virgin On The Ridiculous", "For Richard" // "A Hunting We Shall Go"
[29] Colmar (France), Jumbo Concert (cancelled?)
[30] London, BBC Studios (Top Gear) - "Headloss", "Memory Lain, Hugh" and "A-Hunting We Shall Go" / "Backwards" performed (possibly a repeat of the August 20 session ?)
[31] Birmingham, University

November

[02] Falmer [nr Brighton], University of Sussex - Old Refectory
[06] Lille (France), Salle Industrielle [support: Peter Hammill]
[07] Ixelles [Bruxelles] (Belgium), Marni [support: Kandamar]
[23] Southampton, University (Old Refectory)
[26] Paris (France), Bataclan (afternoon)
This performance is filmed for the French TV programme "Pop 2" (broadcast Dec 15) - "The Dog, The Dog He's At It Again", "Memory Lain, Hugh" (finale), "For Richard" (finale) and "L'Auberge Du Sanglier / A-Hunting We Shall Go / Pengola / Backwards / A-Hunting... (reprise)" performed
[26] Paris (France), Maison de la Radio (Pop-Club) (evening)
[27] Paris (France), Grand Studio RTL [free concert]
[30] Leeds Town Hall [also: Babe Ruth]

December

[08] Scarborough, Floral Hall [support: Hookfoot]
[15] Liverpool, Stadium [support: Golden Earring]

1974

January

10-date tour of France, including:
[09] Brest (France)
[12] Albi (France), Théâtre Municipal
[15] Grenoble (France), Théâtre Municipal
[16] Annecy (France)
[26] Edinburgh, University
[27] Strathclyde, University [also: Lucky Dog]

February

[02] London, Rainbow Theatre [support: Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts]
[07] London, BBC Studios [John Peel show] - "The Love In Your Eye", "Mirror For The Day", "For Richard" and "Virgin On The Ridiculous" performed (broadcast Feb 14)
Mixing sessions for "New Symphonia" album at AIR Studios
[22] Bristol, University

March

Plans for a US tour due to commence mid-May are announced
[08] Uxbridge, Brunel University [with Sandgate]
[10] Warwick, University (?)
[10] Colomiers (France), Salle des Fêtes (?)
[15] Jouy-en-Josas [nr Paris] (France), HEC Hall d'Honneur [support: Hugh Hopper Monster Band]
[16] Poitiers (France), Arènes (Kosmess 74 Festival) [also Amon Duul II, Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes, Hugh Hopper Monster Band...]
[20] Toulouse (France), Théâtre du Taur
[21-23] Barcelona (Spain), Palacio de Deportes
After the Spanish dates, Dave Sinclair is detained in Barcelona for a week after losing his passport, forcing Caravan to cancel a gig at Murton College
[29] Oxford, Murton College (cancelled)
[30] Liverpool, Stadium

April

The release date for the new LP is delayed due to manufacturing problems
[05] Slough, Community Centre
[06] London, Southgate Old Refectory
[07] Croydon, Fairfield Halls [also: Tir Na Nog, Sandgate]
Plans for US tour to begin on May 13 are confirmed, but later postponed
[19] "Live With The New Symphonia" is released
[20] Glasgow, Strathclyde University
[21] Edinburgh, Usher Hall [also: Tir Na Nog]
Caravan are reported to be recording at Tollington Park Studios
[26] Penzance, Winter Gardens
[27] Plymouth, Polytechnic
[30] Richmond, St.Mary's College

May

[04] Leeds, University
[05] Chelmsford, University
[07] Barry, Memorial Hall
[10] Sheffield, University
[11] Manchester, University
[12] Brighton, Polytechnic
[24] Le Havre (France), Salle Franklin
[25] Le Mans (France), Théâtre Municipal [support: Satan]
[26] French tour is cut short following the theft of instruments and personal effects in Paris
The remaining two weeks of dates are cancelled (originally planned to return to England on June 9)
[27] Caravan return to London
John G. Perry decides to leave the band but agrees to stay until the end of the upcoming UK tour
[27] Bordeaux (France) (cancelled)
[28] Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche (France) (cancelled)
[29] Clermont-Ferrand (France) (cancelled)
[30] Saint-Etienne (France) (cancelled)
[31] Eaubonne, Salle des Fêtes (cancelled)

June

[01] Eaubonne (France), Salle des Fêtes (cancelled)
[02] Orléans (France), Salle des Fêtes (cancelled)
[03] Besançon (France) (cancelled)
[05] Genève (Switzerland), Salle du Faubourg (cancelled)
[07] Metz (France), Palais des Sports (cancelled)
[14] Bristol, University
[15] Loughborough, University
[21] Newcastle, Polytechnic
[22] Oxford, Jesus College (Jesus Summer Ball) [also: Canton Trig, Rock Island Line, Desmond Dekker, Tir-Na-Nog]
[25] Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre
[28] Hereford, College
[29] Reading, University

July

[03] London, Lyceum [with Sandgate]
Last gig with John G. Perry
His replacement Mike Wedgwood sits in playing congas
Initially, July 5th was the scheduled beginning of a short French tour, followed by visits to Tunisia and Spain; apparently the French dates were cancelled; Spanish dates unsure
[--] Tabarka (Tunisia), Tabarka Festival
[--] Djerba (Tunisia)
[late] return to England (originally planned to start recording new album)

August

Caravan's contract with Terry King Associates expires, and the band decides to leave TKA in favour of BTM Artists' Management, run by Miles Copeland
[--] Bruxelles (Belgium), Théâtre Marni
[15] Bilzen (Belgium), Jazz Festival [also: Alquin, Man, Focus...]
[16] Amsterdam (Netherlands), Paradiso [also: Esperanto Rock Orchestra]
Sessions for a new album, to be titled "Toys In The Attic", begin
According to a late 1974 interview, three songs are recorded during these initial sessions - most likely "Stuck In A Hole" (already planned as the album's single) and two outtakes, "Keeping Back My Love" (an early incarnation of 1977's "Behind You") and "Piano Player" (later redone for 1980's The Album), the latter shelved before any vocals have been added
[20] London, Decca Studios Tollington Park [sessions for "Keeping Back My Love"]
[23] Newcastle, Mayfair Ballroom

September

[01] Croydon, Fairfield Hall [with Sandgate]
Setlist: "Memory Lain, Hugh", "Headloss", "Virgin On The Ridiculous", "Be Alright", "Chance Of A Lifetime", "The Love In Your Eye", "L'Auberge Du Sanglier" / "A Hunting We Shall Go" / "Pengola" / "Backwards" / "A Hunting We Shall Go (Reprise)", "The Dog, The Dog, He's At It Again", "For Richard", "Hoedown"
This concert is recorded, and mixed shortly thereafter; one track "For Richard", is used in 1976 on the retrospective collection "Canterbury Tales"; the complete concert is eventually issued (in France only) as the double album"The Best Of Caravan Live" (1980, Kingdom); it is now available worldwide - with the addition of the previously unissued "Chance Of A Lifetime" - as the "Live At Fairfield Halls, 1974" CD
[21] Guildford, Civic Hall [with Percy]
Caravan fly to America for their first tour of Canada and the United States
[27] Montréal, QC (Canada), Le Plateau
[28] Québec City, QC (Canada), Municipal Convention Center
[30] Cleveland, OH (USA), Agora

October

[03-05] Atlanta, GA (USA), Electric Ballroom
[08-09] Columbia, SC (USA), University of South Carolina (Golden Spur)
[11] Monmouth, NJ (USA), Monmouth State Teachers College (postponed to 28?)
[12] Galesburg, IL (USA), Knox College
[13] Wilkesbarre, PA (USA), Wilkes College
[14] Allentown, PA (USA), Roxy Theater (postponed to 17?)
[15] Columbus, OH (USA), Ohio State University (Mershon Auditorium)
[17] Trenton, NJ (USA), War Memorial (cancelled?)
[17] Allentown, PA (USA), Roxy Theater
[18] New Rochelle, NY (USA), Iona Prep (cancelled?)
[19] Cleveland, OH (USA), Case Western University - Aldalbert Gym
[20] Madison, NJ (USA), Farleigh Dickinson University (cancelled?)
[21] Camden, NJ (USA), Cedars Community College
[22] Roslyn [Long Island], NY (USA), My Father's Place
[24] New Brunswick (Canada), Livingstone College
[25] Union, NJ (USA), Newark State College [also: Renaissance]
[26] Princeton, NJ (USA), University - McCarter Theater
[27] Montclair, NJ (USA), State College
[28] Columbus, OH (USA), Ohio State University (cancelled?)
[28] Monmouth, NJ (USA), Monmouth State Teachers College
[29] Elmhurst, IL (USA), The Corporation (cancelled?)
[29] Trenton, NJ (USA), War Memorial [also: Renaissance]
[30] Lockport, IL (USA), Lewis University (cancelled?)
[30] Joliet, IL (USA), Lewis University
[31] Oakbrook, IL (USA), Forum (cancelled?)
[31] Kenosha, WI (USA), Arena/high school auditorium

November

[01] Detroit, MI (USA), Michigan Palace
[02] St.Louis, MO (USA), Ambassador Theatre [also: Fairport Convention]
[03] Bloomington, IL (USA), State University/Assembly Centre [also: Fairport Convention]
[04] St.Paul, MN (USA), Civic Center [also: Fairport Convention]
[05-07] Los Angeles, CA (USA), Whisky A Go-Go
[06-07] Philadelphia, PA (USA), Tower Theater (cancelled)
[08] San Diego, CA (USA), Tuesdays
[09] Berkeley, CA (USA), Keystone Center
[09] New York, NY (USA), Academy Of Music (cancelled)
[10] Sausalito, CA (USA), Record Plant (live radio broadcast)
Setlist: "Memory Lain, Hugh" / "Headloss", "For Richard", "Virgin On The Ridiculous", "Be All Right" / "Chance Of A Lifetime", "The Love In Your Eye"
[11-13] Denver, CO (USA), Ebbets Field
Part of one of the Denver concerts (possibly the second) was recorded by ListenUp and simulcast on local radio station KFLM
[20] Upper Darby [nr Philadelphia], PA (USA), Tower Theater [supporting Wishbone Ash]
(On this tour, Caravan also support Weather Report and the Climax Blues Band)

December

Caravan has two months free time - HM customs have impounded their equipement, and work on the new album is delayed
David Sinclair spends much of this time composing "The Dabsong Conshirtoe" with John Murphy

1975

January

[31] Reims (France)

February

[01] Paris (France), Olympia
Sessions for "Cunning Stunts" resume at Decca's Tollington Park Studios
Typical setlist for this tour: "Memory Lain, Hugh", "Headloss", "The Dabsong Conshirtoe", "Welcome The Day", "For Richard", "The Love In Your Eye" // "Hoedown"
[21] Uxbridge, Brunel University [also: Renaissance]
[22] Southampton University [also: Renaissance]
[23] Oxford, New Theatre [also: Renaissance]
[24] Brighton, The Dome [also: Renaissance]
[26] Norwich, University Of East Anglia [also: Renaissance]
[27] Bolton, Town Hall [also: Renaissance]
[28] Sunderland, Locarno [also: Renaissance]

March

[01] Nottingham, University [with Renaissance]
[04] Swansea, University [with Renaissance]
[05] Cardiff, University [with Renaissance]
[06] Liverpool, University [with Renaissance]
[07] Durham, University [with Renaissance]
[08] Leicester, University [with Renaissance]
[09] London, Rainbow Theatre [with Renaissance]
[10] Bristol, Colston Hall [with Renaissance]
[11] Canterbury, Kent University
[12] Hanley, Victoria Hall [with Renaissance]
[13] Leith, Citadel Theatre [with Renaissance]
[14] Glasgow, The Apollo Theatre [with Renaissance]
[15] Newcastle, City Hall [with Renaissance]
[16] Manchester, Palace Theatre [with Renaissance]
[17] Egham, Royal Holloway College
[18-21] London, Decca Tollington Park Studios (sessions for "Cunning Stunts")
[21] London, Paris Theatre [BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert]
[22] Cambridge, Corn Exchange [with Renaissance]
[23] Birmingham, Town Hall [with Renaissance]
[25] Guildford, Civic Hall [with Renaissance]

April

[02] Rotterdam (Netherlands), De Doelen [support: Kaz Lux]
[04] Groningen (Netherlands), De Oosterpooort [support: Ace]
[05] Roermond (Netherlands), Oranjerie
[06] Arnhem (Netherlands), Musis Sacrum [support: Ace]
[08] Amstelveen (Netherlands), Cultureel Centrum [support: Ace]
[10] Menden (Germany)
[11] Gütterslow (Germany) [with Renaissance]
[12] Aachen (Germany) [with Renaissance]
[13] Leverkusen (Germany), Forum [with Renaissance]
[14] Münster (Germany) [with Renaissance]
[16] Caen (France), Palais des Sports [with Renaissance]
[17] Nantes (France), Cinéma Le Paris [with Renaissance]
[18] Bourges (France), Salle des Fêtes de St.Germain-du-Puy [with Renaissance]
[19] Paris (France), Olympia [with Renaissance]
[21] Marseille (France), Cinéma Le Rond-Point (?) [with Renaissance]
[22] Reims (France), Cinéma Opéra [with Renaissance]
[23] Hagondange [nr Metz] (France), Palais des Fêtes [with Renaissance]
[24] Mulhouse (France) [with Renaissance]
[25] Dijon (France), Hall de la Patinoire [with Renaissance]
[26] Grenoble (France) [with Renaissance]
[27] St.Etienne (France) [with Renaissance; support: Masal]
[28] Marseille (France), Salle Vallier [with Renaissance]

May

Sessions for "Cunning Stunts" end
[31] London, Hyde Park [also: Don McLean, Joan Armatrading, Shusha, David Lewis, Screamer]
This free concert is attended by over 50,000 people, and is partly broadcast live on Capital Radio

June

[14] Lougborough, University
David Sinclair decides to leave to form a band with his cousin Richard, who recently left Hatfield and the North
Rehearsals start with John Murphy on guitar and Les Feast on drums
However Sinclair fulfills prior commitments with Caravan until the end of June
Planned US tour postponed to July, resulting in additional UK gigs:
[19] Bath, Pavilion
[20] Exeter, University
[21] Plymouth, Guildhall
[22] Redruth, Regal
[26] London, BBC Studios (John Peel show) - "Show Of Our Lives", "Stuck In A Hole" and "Dabsong Conshirtoe" performed (broadcast Jul 3)

July

A US tour planned to start on July 8th is postponed
[late] Jan Schelhaas replaces David Sinclair on keyboards
[25] "Cunning Stunts" is released

August

With their American tour on hold, Caravan join BTM's "Startruckin' Tour" of festival sites in 14 European countries, featuring Soft Machine, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Wishbone Ash and the Climax Blues Band, as a last minute replacement for Renaissance, whose lead singer Annie Haslam has just undergone a tonsil operation. After Lou Reed cancels his participation, Ike & Tina Turner top the bill on the first dates (until Ludwigsburg)
[14] Leiden (Netherlands), Groenoordhal [also: Climax Blues Band, Soft Machine, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Wishbone Ash, Cockney Rebel - Caravan played 2nd]
[15] Bilzen (Belgium), Jazz Festival [also: Earth & Fire, Pluto, Climax Blues Band, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Wishbone Ash, Ike & Tina Turner]
[16] Ludwigsburg (Germany)
[17] Orange (France), Théâtre Antique [also: Climax Blues Band, Wishbone Ash, Soft Machine, Mahavishnu Orchestra]
[20] Malaga (Spain)
[24] Reading, Reading Festival
Caravan leave the tour (with Renaissance again ready to perform) to embark on their second American tour
[29] Seattle, WA (USA), Moore Theater
[30] San Jose, CA (USA), Performing Arts Center [also: The Tubes]

September

[01] San Francisco, CA (USA), Boarding House
[03-07] Los Angeles, CA (USA), Starwood
[05] "Stuck In A Hole" b/w "Lover" released as single
[08-10] Denver, CO (USA), Ebbetts Field
[11] nr Chicago, IL (USA), Beginnings Club
[12-14] St.Louis, MI (USA), Concerts South Club
[13] Kansas City, MO (USA) (cancelled)
[15-16] Atlanta, GA (USA), Electric Ballroom
[18] Allentown, PA (USA), Roxy Theater
[19] Upper Darby [nr Philadelphia], PA (USA), Tower Theater
[20] New York City, NY (USA), Beacon Theater
[22] Albany, NY (USA), The Palace
[23] Syracuse, NY (USA), Lowes Theater
[24] Rochester, NY (USA)
[26] New York City, NY (USA)
[28] San Francisco, CA (USA), Winterland [also: Pablo Cruise, Procol Harum]

October

[01] Seattle, WA (USA)
[02] Spokane, WA (USA), Convention Center [supporting Frank Zappa]
[03] Portland, OR (USA), Paramount Northwest Theater [supporting Frank Zappa]
[04] Seattle, WA (USA), Paramount Theater (two shows) [supporting Frank Zappa]
[05] Yakima, WA (USA)
[07] Calgary (Canada), Convention Center [supporting Procol Harum]
[08] Regina (Canada)
[09] Saskatoon (Canada)
[10] Edmonton (Canada)
[13] Winnipeg (Canada)

November

[15] Leicester, Polytechnic
[16] Bristol, Colston Hall [support: Michael Chapman]
[22] Coventry, Warwick University
[26] Lyon (France), Bourse du Travail [also: Ash Ra Tempel]
[27] Paris (France), Hippodrome de Pantin [also: Ash Ra Tempel]
[28] Poitiers (France), Arènes [also: Ash Ra Tempel]
[29] Bordeaux (France), Théâtre de l'Alhambra [also: Ash Ra Tempel]

December

[01] Birmingham, Town Hall
[02] Manchester, Free Trade Hall
[03] Glasgow, Apollo
[04] Edinburgh, Leith Theatre
[05] Nottingham, Trent Polytechnic [radio broadcast - released in 2003]
[06] Southampton, University
Work begins on a new album

1976

January

Sessions for "Blind Dog At St.Dunstans" begin

March

Caravan are forced to cancel six concerts following equipment theft
[12] Nelson, Column (cancelled)
[13] Reading, University (cancelled)
[14] Guildford, Civic Hall (cancelled)
[16] Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Rooms (cancelled)
[19] Conventry, Lanchester Polytechnic (cancelled)
[20] Bournemouth, Winter Gardens (cancelled)
[24] Lille (France), Palais Rameau
[26] Amsterdam (Netherlands), RAI Congrescentrum [also: Earth & Fire]
[27] Zwolle (Netherlands), IJelhal
[28] Uden (Netherlands), De Nieuwe Pul [also: Tim Hardin]
[30] Hamburg (Germany), Musikhalle [support: Livin' Blues]
[31] Bremen (Germany), Kleine Stadthalle [support: Livin' Blues]

April

[01] Köln (Germany), Sartory-Saal [support: Livin' Blues]
[02] Dortmund (Germany), Westfalenhalle III [support: Livin' Blues]
[03] Stuttgart (Germany), Gustav-Siegle-Haus [support: Livin' Blues]
[04] Erlangen (Germany), Redoutensaal [support: Livin' Blues]
[05] Mannheim (Germany), Rosengartne, Musensaal [support: Livin' Blues]
[17] Maidenhead, Skindles [support: Stars]
[18] Guildford, Civic Hall [support: Stars]
[22] Dunstable, Queensway Hall [support: Stars]
[23] Lancaster University [support: Stars]
[23] "Blind Dog At St.Dunstans" is released
[24] Nottingham, University [support: Stars]
[25] Canterbury, Odeon Cinema [support: Stars]
Setlist : "Memory Lain, Hugh", "Hoedown", "Chiefs And Indians", "Come On Back", "The Dabsong Conshirtoe", "A Very Smelly, Grubby Little Oik", "All The Way", "Can You Hear Me?", "The Love In Your Eye" // "Jack And Gill", "Hoedown", "For Richard"
[26] Brighton, Dome [support: Stars]
[28] Liverpool, University [support: Stars]
[29] Coventry, Lanchester Polytechnic [support: Stars]
[30] Manchester, Free Trade Hall [support: Stars]

May

[01] Sheffield University [support: Stars]
[02] Croydon, Fairfield Hall [support: Stars]
[04] London, New Victoria Theatre [guest: J.Hastings] [support: Stars]
[05] London, BBC Studios [John Peel show] - "All The Way" and the "Oik" suite performed (broadcast May 17)
[07] Bristol, Colston Hall [support: Stars]
[08] Canterbury, Odeon [support: Stars]
[09] Birmingham, Town Hall [support: Stars]
Planned US tour (initially due to begin on May 14) is postponed to July, and later cancelled
Caravan accordingly extend their British tour
[14] Cambridge, Corn Exchange [support: Stars]
[15] Norwich, University of East Anglia
[21] Edinburgh, University
[22] Glasgow, University
[23] Redcar, Coatham Bowl
[28] leave for a 2-week European tour

June

[05] Saint-Tropez (France), Citadelle [also: Wapassou]
[19] Louveciennes [nr Paris] (France), Festival dans la Nature [also: National Health, Daevid Allen & Euterpe...]
[21] Hoensbroek (Netherlands), Luxor Pallas Theater

July

Planned US tour is cancelled
"All The Way" b/w "Chiefs And Indians" released as single
[23] London, Lyceum (Midnight Court)

August

[29] Hauts de Corbières (France), Festival de Corbières [also: Pulsar, Atoll, VdGG, Magma, 801, Gong] (festival cancelled)

September

Caravan replace John Cale at the last minute at this Dutch festival
[11] Arnhem (Netherlands), Festival [also: Procol Harum, Curved Air, John Cale (cancelled), Climax Blues Band, Dr Feelgood]

November

"Canterbury Tales" compilation released. A European tour to promote it sees David Sinclair rejoining on a temporary basis, sharing keyboard duties with Jan Schelhaas. Geoff Richardson is initially not to appear due to touring commitments with John G. Perry's Sunset Wading in Europe, but eventually does after the tour is cancelled
[18] Preston, Guildhall [support: Oscar]
[19] Edinburgh, University [support: Oscar]
[20] Glasgow, University [support: Oscar]
[21] Dundee, University [support: Oscar]
[23] Liverpool, Empire [support: Oscar]
[24] Keele, University
[25] Warwick, University [support: Oscar]
[27] Leicester, Polytechnic [support: Oscar]
[29] Exeter, University [support: Oscar]
[30] Plymouth, Fiesta [support: Oscar]

December

[01] Southampton, University [support: Oscar]
[02] Derby, King's Hall [support: Oscar]
[03] Guildford, Civic Hall [support: Oscar]
[04] Manchester, UMIST [support: Oscar]
[08] Orléans (France) [also: Soft Machine]
[09] Lyon (France) [also: Soft Machine]
[13] Paris (France), Palais des Sports [also: Soft Machine, Kevin Ayers]
[15] Amsterdam (Netherlands), RAI Congrescentrum [also: Streetwalkers, Squeeze]
[16] Arnhem (Netherlands), Stokvishal [also: Streetwalkers, Squeeze]
[17] Kerkrade (Netherlands), Rodahal [also: Streetwalkers, Squeeze]
[22] London, New Victoria Theatre
Mike Wedgwood leaves

1977

January

[mid] Dek Messecar joins on bass

February

[28] Sessions for "Better By Far" begin at Utopia Studios (London), and continue into March

April

[09] Köln (Germany), Sporthalle
[10] Nürnberg (Germany), Messehalle
[11] Ludwigshafen (Germany), Friedrich-Ebert-Halle
[12] Duisburg (Germany), Mercatorhalle
[16] Hamburg (Germany), Marksthalle
[17] Flensburg (Germany), Deutsches Haus
[19] Menden (Germany), Wilhelshöhe
[20] Stuttgart (Germany), Stadthalle
[29] Coventry, Lanchester Poly

May

[02] London, BBC Studios [John Peel session] - "Behind You", "The Last Unicorn", "Better By Far" and "Nightmare" performed (broadcast May 10)
[05] Exeter, University
[06] Cardiff, University
[06] "Better By Far" b/w "Silver Strings" released as single.
[07] Nottingham, University
Caravan travel to Germany for gigs until May 28
[20] Duisburg (Germany), Rhein-Ruhr-Halle
Setlist: "Memory Lain, Hugh" / "Headloss", "A Very Smelly, Grubby Little Oik", "Silver Strings", "Better By Far", "The Last Unicorn", "Behind You", "Let It Shine", "Nightmare", "Intermezzo", "Here Am I", "The Love In Your Eye" // "Feelin' Alright"
[21] Hamm (Germany), Zentralhallen

June

[04] Farnborough, Recreation Centre
[05] Sheffield, Top Rank
[06] Cromer, West Runton Pavilion
[10] Durham, University
[11] Bradford, University
[12] Redcar, Coatham Bowl
[19] London, Roundhouse
"For Richard" is added to the setlist for this concert only
[24] Keele University
[25] Birmingham, University
[26] Guildford, Civic Hall

July

Festival appearances in Germany and France

August

[21] Oostende (Netherlands), Wielerbaan [also: Ultravox, Livin' Blues, Water]
[26] "Better By Far" is released on Arista

September

[03-04] Scheessel [nr Bremen] (Germany), Rider Open Air Festival [also: Camel, Colosseum II, SFF, BJH, Nektar, The Byrds]
Pre-tour rehearsals at London's Shepperton Film Studios
[19] Bristol, Colston Hall [support: Nova]
[20] Birmingham, The Odeon [support: Nova]
[22] Leicester, De Montfort Hall [support: Nova]
[23] Newcastle, City Hall [support: Nova]
[24] Glasgow, Apollo Centre [support: Nova]
[25] Redcar, Coatham Bowl [support: Nova]
[27] Manchester, Free Trade Hall [support: Nova]
[29] Sheffield, Town Hall [support: Nova]

October

[02] London, Hammersmith Odeon [support: Nova]
[05] London, BBC Studios [Top Gear Session]
[15] Loughborough, University
[19] Plymouth, Fiesta
[21] Hull, University
[22] Blackpool, Imperial Hotel
[26] Southampton University
[27] Canterbury, The Odeon
[28] Salford, University
[29] Durham, University

November

[01] Cambridge, University
[03] Coventry, Warwick University
[04] Bath, University
[05] Bradford, University
[14] Paris (France), Hippodrome
[15] Caen (France)
[16] Le Mans (France)
[17] Poitiers (France)
[18] La Rochelle (France)
[19] Saint-Etienne (France)
[20] Lyon (France)
[21] Grenoble (France)
[25] Uden (Netherlands), De Nieuwe Pul [support: Doug Ferguson Band]
[26] Tolleboek (Netherlands), Tholehal [support: Doug Ferguson Band]
[27] Zutphen (Netherlands), De Buitensocietelt [support: Doug Ferguson Band]
[28] Zaandam (Netherlands), De Speeldoos [support: Doug Ferguson Band]

1978

February

[early] Canterbury, Alberry's Wine Bar (various members of Caravan, including Richard and David Sinclair, play together during a party)
[09] München (Germany), Down Town
[10] Mainz (Germany), Elzer Hof
[11] Weisselohe b/Forchheim (Germany), To Act
[12] Berlin (Germany), Kant Kino
[13] Hamburg (Germany), Audimax
[14] Kiel (Germany), Ball Pompös
[15] Moisburg b/Hamburg (Germany), Mic Mac
[17] Gouda (Netherlands), Kunstmin [support: Panda]
[18] Arnhem (Netherlands), Stokviskal
[19] Tilburg (Netherlands), Harmonie
Dek Messecar leaves

March

An unusual line-up of Caravan, associating regular members Pye Hastings, Richard Coughlan and Jan Schelhaas with the returning Richard Sinclair, record a series of demos with a view to a second Caravan album on Arista. The projected album doesn't materialise, and Caravan are dropped by Arista. (In 1994, Pye Hastings released his songs from these sessions (the others were penned by either Sinclair or Schelhaas) as the Cool Water CD; Sinclair later released one of his songs, "Uncle's Farm", an early version of Camel's "Down On The Farm", on his Live Tracks CD in 2003)
Complete list of songs recorded: "Cold Fright", "What Elephant?", "Ansaphone", "Just The Way You Are", "Side By Side", "Mark 53", "Crack Of The Willow", "Bright Shiny Day", "Heartbreaker", "Cool Water", "Emily, Just 4", "Funky Love", "Uncle's Farm", "Fireman", "Space Cowboy", "Do It All Night" (a.k.a. "Tuesday Is Rock & Roll Nite"), "Pielican", "Bicycle Belle" and "Acc.Mo."

April

[14] Geoff Richardson leaves

August

Jan Schelhaas and David Sinclair join Camel for the world tour promoting "Breathless"

September

[07] Aylesbury, Civic Centre Maxwell Hall (warm-up gig) [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[10] Croydon, Fairfield Halls [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[11] Brighton, Dome [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[12] Portsmouth, Guildhall [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[14] Birmingham, Odeon [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[15] Leicester, De Montfort Hall [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[16] Manchester, Free Trade Hall [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[17] Glasgow, City Hall [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[18] Edinburgh, Usher Hall [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[19] Newcastle, City Hall [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[20] Sheffield, City Hall [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[22] Ipswich, Gaumont [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[23] Southampton,Gaumont [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[24] Guildford, Civic Hall [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[25] Bristol, Colston Hall [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[26] Liverpool, Empire [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[29-30] London, Hammersmith Odeon [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]

October

[02] Oxford, Polytechnic [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[03] Plymouth, Polytechnic [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[04] Aberystwyth, University [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[06] Salford, University [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[07] Bradford, University [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[08] Stoke, Victoria Hall [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[09] Canterbury, Odeon [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[10] Canterbury, Kent University [Camel]
[11] Cardiff, University [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[12] Wolverhampton, Civic Hall [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[13] Keele, University [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[14] York, University [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[17] Hamburg (Germany), Audimax [Camel]
[18] Berlin (Germany), Hochschule der Künste [Camel]
[19] Bremen (Germany), Glocke [Camel]
[21] Gütersioh (Germany), Sporthalle [Camel]
[22] Dortmund (Germany), Westfalenhalle [Camel]
[23] Siegen (Germany), Siegerlandhalle [Camel]
[24] Köln (Germany), Satory-Saal [Camel]
[25] Düsseldorf (Germany), Phillipshalle [Camel]
[26] Offenbach (Germany), Stadthalle [Camel]
[27] Karlsruhe (Germany), Konzerthaus [Camel]
[28] Offenburg (Germany), Schwarzwaldhalle [Camel]
[29] Sarrebrücken (Germany), Kongresshalle [Camel]
[31] Heilbronn (Germany, Harmonie [Camel]

November

[early] Münster (Germany), Münsterland Hallen [Camel]
[early] Stolberg (Germany), Stadthalle [Camel]
[early] Mannheim (Germany), Rosengarten-Musensaal [Camel]
[05] Mainz (Germany), Eizer Hof [Camel]
[06] Munich (Germany), Schwabinger Bräu [Camel]
[09] Basel (Switzerland), Festsaal Messe [Camel]
[11] Poperinge (Belgium), Maeke Blijde [Camel]
[12] Nijmegen (Netherlands), Vereeniging [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[13] Amsterdam (Netherlands), Carré Theater [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[14] Kerkrade (Netherlands), Rodahal [also: Michael Chapman] [Camel]
[16] Metz (France) [Camel]
[17] Paris (France), Le Stadium [Camel]
[18] Tours (France) [Camel]
[20] Lyon (France) [Camel]
[21] Vitrolles [nr Marseille] (France), Salle des Fêtes [Camel]
[22] Bordeaux (France), Salle du Grand Parc [Camel]
[26] Donostia [nr San Sebastian] (Spain), Velodromo Anoeta [Camel]
[28] Barcelona (Spain), Bikini [Camel]

December

[06-07] Lisboa (Portugal), Pavilhao Los Belenenses [Camel]

1979

January

[16] Tokyo (Japan), Shibuya Koukaido [Camel]
[17] Osaka (Japan), Koseinenkin Hall [Camel]
[19] Nagoya (Japan), Shinkoukaido Hall [Camel]
[22-23] Tokyo (Japan), Koseinenkin Hall [Camel]

February

[08] Davis, CA (USA), UCD Coffeehouse [Camel]
[09] San Jose, CA (USA), Centre for the Performing Arts (broadcast on KSJO FM) [support: Bob Weir's Kingfish] [Camel]
[11] San Francisco, CA (USA), Old Waldorf (broadcast on KALX-FM, UC Berkeley radio) [Camel]
[13] San Diego, CA (USA), Roxy Theatre (two shows) [Camel]
[15-18] West Hollywood [Los Angeles], CA (USA), The Roxy (two shows) [Camel]

March

Richard and David Sinclair leave Camel; they are replaced by Colin Bass and Kit Watkins

October

Caravan reform with a line-up of Pye Hastings, Geoff Richardson, David Sinclair, Richard Sinclair and Richard Coughlan. Initially they attempt to record a new album for release during November, but these plans are scrapped in favour of a live recording made at their London concert when Richard Sinclair drops out (officially "because of other commitments") and is replaced by the returning Dek Messecar. Eventually, this plan is itself scrapped in favour of a studio recording when it is discovered that it can be done with the same budget
[29] York, University [support: The Opposition]
[30] Durham, Bede College[support: The Opposition]
[31] Southampton, University [support: The Opposition]

November

[02] Bath, University[support: The Opposition]
[03] Colchester, Essex University[support: The Opposition]
[05] Preston, Polytechnic[support: The Opposition]
[09] West Runton Pavillion [support: The Opposition]
[10] Manchester, Polytechnic [support: The Opposition]
[11] Birmingham, Dibeth Civic Hall [support: The Opposition]
[12] Cambridge, University [support: The Opposition]
[13] Canterbury, Odeon [support: The Opposition]
[14] Keele University [support: The Opposition]
[15] Birkenhead, Hamilton Club[support: The Opposition]
[16] Aberavon, Nine Volts Club [support: The Opposition]
[17] St. Austell Cornish Riviera [support: The Opposition]
[19] Plymouth, Fiesta[support: The Opposition]
[20] Reading, University [support: The Opposition]
[21] Loughborough, University[support: The Opposition]
[22] Lincoln, Drill Hall [support: The Opposition]
[23] Surrey University [support: The Opposition]
[24] Slough, College of Further Education [support: The Opposition]
[25] London, Rainbow Theatre [support: The Opposition]

1980

Early

Caravan sign a deal with their old manager Terry King to record an album for his label Kingdom Records. Soon after, the live album "The Best Of Caravan Live" (from a 1974 gig in Croydon) is released, but only in France

April

[22] Dunstable, Queensway Civic Hall

June

[03] Belfort (France)
[04] St.Avold (France)
[05] Strasbourg (France)
[07] Bippen (Germany), Fiz Oblong
[08] Oberhausen (Germany), Old Daddy
[09] Wipperfürth (Germany), Meddle
Setlist: "Behind You", "Heartbreaker", "If I Could Do It All Over Again...", "It's Never Too Late", "Clear Blue Sky", "Watcha Gonna Tell Me", "Piano Player", "Bright Shiny Day", "Corner Of My Eye", "Nightmare", "Keepin' Up De Fences", "Golf Girl", "Hoedown", "Make Yourself At Home", "Same Old Blues Again"
[10] Berlin (Germany), Quartier Latin
[12] Kiel (Germany), Ball Pompös
[13] Flensburg (Germany), Blunschli
[14] Osnabrück (Germany), Hyde Park
[15] Rotenburg (Germany), Stadrockfest'80 [also: Kevin Coyne, Gruppo Sportivo...]
[16] Lille (France)
[17] Dreux (France)
[18] Tours (France)
[19] Le Mans (France)
[20] Bordeaux (France) (unconfirmed)
[21-22] La Mothe-St.Héray (France)
[23] Paris (France) (unconfirmed)
[24] Epinal (France)
[25] Besançon (France)
[26] Lyon (France)
[27] St. Flour (France)
[28] Guéret (France)
[29] Vierzon (France), Festival [also: Atoll, John McLaughlin]

July

"The Album" is recorded at Farmyard studios, Little Chalfont

October

[24] "Heartbreaker" single is released
[31] "The Album" is released

November

[10] Cardiff, University
[14] Manchester, Apollo
[16] London, Imperial College
[17] Canterbury, Odeon
[18] Sheffield, University
[19] Liverpool, Rotters
[20] Glasgow, University
[21] Edinburgh, University
[23] London, Dominion Theatre
[25] Doncaster, Rotters
[27] Guildford, Civic Hall

December

[01] Paris (France), Théâtre Bobino [support: The Stunners]
[02] Rennes, Salle de L'Espace (or Amiens)
[03] Caen (France), Halle Sorel
[04] Le Mans (France), L'Empire (or 2nd date in Caen ??)
[05] La Roche-sur-Yon (France), Salle des Fêtes du Bourg-sous-la-Roche
[06] Bordeaux (France), Palais des Congrès
[07] Cognac (France), Théâtre

1981

May

[13] A promotional performance on French television (miming to "Heartbreaker" for the programme "Studio 3") is interrupted by the news of the failed assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in Rome
This marks the final appearance by this line-up, and both Geoff Richardson and Dek Messecar leave Caravan once more

November

The original Caravan line-up (Pye Hastings, David and Richard Sinclair, Richard Coughlan) regroup to start work on a new album
"Back To Front" sessions begin at Oakwood Studios in Herne Bay, "on a shoestring budget"

1982

January

More sessions in Herne Bay
Outtakes from the sessions include "One More Time" (a David Sinclair piece with lyrics and guide vocal by John Murphy) and an early version of "Going For A Song" (without lyrics)

July

"Back To Front" is released

1983

July

Caravan reform to perform two gigs celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Marquee Club. The line-up on this occasion is: Pye Hastings, Geoff Richardson, Jan Schelhaas, Richard Sinclair and Richard Coughlan
[28-29] London, Marquee Club
Setlist: "Behind You", "Memory Lain, Hugh" / "Headloss", "Golf Girl", "A Hunting We Shall Go", "Clear Blue Sky", "In The Land Of Grey And Pink", "Nine Feet Underground", "Nightmare", "Keepin Up De Fences", "The Last Unicorn" // encore: "Hoedown"

1984

October

[07] Canterbury, Christchurch College [with Music Doctors, Hugh Hopper & Friends]

1990

January

After Caravan is asked to appear in a series of televised concerts featuring groups from the 1970's, the original line-up (plus Jimmy Hastings) reform and rehearsals start at Richard Sinclair's Roper Road headquarters (initially Geoff Richardson is also invited to join, but he leaves after the first couple of rehearsals)

June

[10] Canterbury festival

July

[24] Nottingham, Central TV Studios ('Bedrock' television series)

August

[--] Folkestone, Hawkinge

September

[28] Attleborough, Norfolk, Old Buckenham

November

[18] Brixton, The Fridge [also: Ozric Tentacles]

1991

March

[24] Brixton, The Fridge [also: David Jackson]

June

[09] Perugia (Italy), Giardini Frontone (Rockin' Umbria Festival)
Setlist: "
Memory Lain, Hugh" / "Headloss", "Golf Girl", "Videos Of Hollywood", "Nine Feet Underground", "In The Land Of Grey And Pink", "Where But For Caravan Would I", "Winter Wine", "Nightmare", "If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You", "For Richard", "Keep On Caring", "Behind You"

September

[22] London, Town & Country Club [also: The Strawbs]
[27] Norfolk, Old Buckenham

November

[10] Wolverhampton, Civic Hall [also: The Strawbs, Rose Amongst Thorns]

To 1994 and beyond


Credit must be given for some of the information on this page (especially for the 1969-73 period) to the great Barry H. King and his Caravan biography series in 'Facelift' and 'Canterbury Nachrichten'. Thanks also to Mike Wedgwood for digging up his old diaries !