|The Royal Victoria Docks, with the white-painted Spillers Millennium|
Mills building on the left of the picture
The stage, which Jarre called his “battleship”, was built over several barges and according to his website weighed 1,000 tonnes. It housed him, the musicians (including Hank Marvin who played on London Kid and Fourth Rendez-vous), a choir and orchestra with the original intention being for it the "battleship" to traverse the docks but the poor weather and health and safety concerns put paid to that.
|a graphic (drawn by Mark Fisher) from the programme showing the stage floating in the dock|
|from the programme (click image to see it larger)|
1. Industrial Revolution, Overture
2. Industrial Revolution (part 1 3)
3. Equinoxe 5
Part 2: Swinging 60’s
5. Computer Weekend
6. Magnetic Fields 2
7. Oxygene 4
8. Equinoxe 7
9. London Kid (with Hank Marvin)
Part 3: The 90’s
10. Rendez-Vous 3
11. Tokyo Kid
13. Souvenir of China
14. Rendez-Vous 2
15. Rendez-Vous 4
Part 4: The Finale
18. The Emigrant
|Nick & I, 1990 - I loved that t-shirt (and still have it!)|
We had standing tickets and wandered around, bought food from some of the stalls (we couldn’t get out of the site, so existed on crappy pies and chips) and tried to figure out where best to stand. Then it was show-time (the following is from my diary): “Jarre came on at 8pm and it was incredible, I’d never have believed it. Some of the pictures weren’t so good but the lights, lasers, fireworks and the laser harp were astonishing”. The concert over, the site buzzing, our ears ringing, we headed back to the coach. Nick and I sat together for the journey home and he fell asleep almost as soon as the bus started to move but I don’t recall sleeping at all, I just remember watching the world go by still on a high from the gig.
The Saturday performance was broadcast live on BBC Radio One while the Sunday show was recorded for a live album (Jarre Live!, released in 1989 and re-issued in 1996 as Destination Docklands (The London Concert)). The Sunday show was also filmed and shown on Christmas Day 1988 on Channel 4 before being released on VHS in 1989.
|cover scan of my programme|
|the first CD and the VHS cover (I think it would have been better if they'd shared the VHS artwork)|
A documentary was broadcast on ITV in 1989 covering the behind-the-scenes of the event, directed by Mike Mansfield who also directed the film of main concert.
JeanMichelJarre.com - Destination Docklands
Wanstead Meteo - Destination Docklands
My 1988 diary