The Art
Origin The Opposition
Genre Rock
Years active 1968 - 1969
Associated Acts The Opposition
The New Opposition
Members Nigel Bullen
Ronald Chester
David Williams
John Deacon
Richard Young

The Art was the name of the band previously known as The Opposition and The New Opposition. It disbanded in 1969.


History Edit

The Opposition was formed by school friends John Deacon, Nigel Bullen, Richard Young and Clive Castledine. Peter 'Pedro' Bartholomew agreed to take over vocals, if they got a better bassist. Clive occupied that position and releasing he had less skill, left. John Deacon took over the bass. David Williams took guitar and Richard Young took the Keyboards. They then changed their name to The New Opposition. Ronald Chester joined late on in 1966 and David Williams took over the lead vocals after the band dismissed Pedro. They then became The Opposition again, and then The Art in the Spring of 1968, the logic behind it was that David was arty. John left in August 1969 to concentrate on his electronic degree and the band had no aspiration to go further. With pressure from his parents to focus on his education, he quite the band and worked at Leicester University.

Repertoire Edit

During this period, their setlist expanded to contain the Yardbirds, the Animals, Tamla Motwon singles, The Zombies and The Spencer Davis Group.

Performances Edit

  • Spring 1968 - St. Neots
  • Spring 1968 - Kettering
  • March 16 1968 - Gartree School, Oadby
  • March 29 1968 - Youth Club, Lutterworth
  • April 28 1968 - Village Hall, Billesden
  • May 11 1968 - Village Hall, Kibworth
  • Summer 1968 - Kirby Lame Community Centre, Melton Mowbray
  • December 17 1968 - Gartree School, Leicester
  • January 11 1969 - West End Ballroom, Coalville
  • January 18 1969 - Rugby Club, Hinckley
  • January 25 1969 - Community Centre, Muxloe
  • February 1 1969 - Village Hall, Kibworth
  • February 8 1969 - Village Hell, Bedford
  • February 15 1969 - Rugby Club, Tyers
  • August 1969 - Youth Club, Great Glen
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