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Please read and adhere to these rules.


Hawkwind reserve the right to change these rules at any time and without prior notice, any "major alteration" will be publicised via this web site, our Facebook page and the official forum.


Hawkwind allows audience audio taping at almost every live performance. Soundboard patches will not be allowed. As per our previous message it's Hawkwind's intention to release one show from each tour, we'll attempt to advise you in advance and that show will have a taping ban for obvious reasons

Taping is a privilege granted by the band to their fans. By respecting the following guidelines you can help the band extend the privilege of taping for many years to come.

When Hawkwind is performing at a festival or other event featuring multiple bands, that particular event's policy may override Hawkwind's customary taping policy. When and if Hawkwind are opening for another artist, that particular artist’s policy may override Hawkwind's taping policy. Under certain circumstances we may not allow taping and or duplication of a specific show due to the potential commercial distribution of that performance.

All taping is limited to audio only - no video or flash photography is ever allowed (see note below regarding camera phones) . Hawkwind are not in a position to offer AC power to any tapers. Tapers must bring, and are responsible, for all of their own equipment. Home decks and large mixers are not allowed. Please give the working crew/soundman plenty of room and do not set up equipment in a way that would impair them to do their job properly.

However it seems like half the audience at any gig these days (not just Hawkwind) seem to view the show through the lens of their camera phone and are filming clips. I think all would agree that's it's nigh on impossible to police this so Hawkwind's view is that clips of a "watchable and listenable" quality may be posted to sites such as you tube as long as they show the band in a good and positive light. All the rules listed here apply to this media as well and Hawkwind reserve the right to ask for any clip to be removed from any such site for any reason regardless of quality.

The enjoyment of the audience in attendance at a concert always takes precedence over recording efforts. This means that at no time should tapers ever require other patrons to be quiet or otherwise interfere with their enjoyment of the show.

Please also note

We cannot and will not overrule individual venues policy as far as taping is concerned. It's the individuals responsibility to find this out and Hawkwind will on no account be held responsible for actions and any possible legal proceedings by a venue or someone associated with a venue resulting from any audience member attempting to tape a show 


The trading and distribution of all audience recordings of Hawkwind concerts is allowed.

With the following exceptions

Hawkfest 2 - 2003

Roadburn - 2006

All shows after 2012
(so 2013, 2014 and 2015)
Until advised otherwise

All participants in audio recording exchange (regardless of format) acknowledge and respect the copyrights and exclusive ownership of the music and performances by the performers, writers and publishers.

All taping must be for personal use only, which may include trading (via analogue or digital tape, CD, or digital file transfer). Recordings may be traded freely on a strictly not-for-profit basis (no money is to change hands) and may be traded only for an equivalent amount of similar media.

In addition, the media by which audio trading is publicized may not be commercialized. Therefore no commercial gain may be sought by websites offering digital files of our music, whether through advertising, offer links for compensation, exploiting databases compiled from their traffic, or by any other means.

If we have chosen to offer for sale a particular Hawkwind performance, this "official" version will take precedence over other  recordings and said recordings should no longer be traded, or made available by websites, servers, or other means. In no case may any officially-released Hawkwind recording (live or studio) be duplicated or otherwise traded or offered.

Taping at Hawkwind concerts is authorized for non-commercial purposes only. Unauthorized sale, duplication and/or distribution is strictly forbidden. All Hawkwind performances, recordings and copyrights are the exclusive property of Hawkwind. We reserve the right to withdraw our sanction of recording, tape trading, and/or non-commercial digital audio file transfers on a case specific basis or in general, as we deem necessary. If you are aware of any person or site in violation of this policy, please inform us by contacting us at.

Lastly, please support the artists you tape and trade by purchasing the merchandise that keeps Hawkwind on the road (CD’s, T-shirts etc.).


As long as all  rules are adhered to Hawkwind has no objection to fans obtaining recordings that meet the criteria set out above.




Hawkwind cannot and do not give permission to anyone to infringe the rights of any third parties including performers, writers or publishers. Everyone must take responsibility themselves to get any necessary permissions from the owners of the rights. Hawkwind can only give permission for their own performances and this is subject to the above conditions.

Hawkwind will not indemnify anyone from any action taken by any third parties or ex band members.

Thanks for taping and trading, but most importantly, have a good time at the show and respect those around you

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