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Documentary sheds light on Glastonbury Festival’s radical heart

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: June 14, 2012

Michael Eavis and Julien Temple

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A film concentrating on sections of Glastonbury Festival which are waking up as the Pyramid closes down for the night will premiere on BBC4 tomorrow night.

Glastonbury After Hours: Glastopia is the latest documentary on the festival by filmmaker Julien Temple, who was also behind the 2006 Glastonbury – The Film.

Filmed almost entirely on location at the 2011 festival, the 75-minute film is set amongst Shangri-La, Arcadia, the Unfair Ground, Strummerville, Block 9 and the Common.

“This is the heart of the festival that hasn’t been shown; the radical core that makes Glastonbury still so very different from all the other festivals in the world,” said Mr Temple.

“In the middle of the whole mad week, here are people talking about their politics, their ideas and the rest of their lives.

“Glastopia is giving voice to people who don’t normally have a voice in the media.”

Michael Eavis, the festival’s founder said the BBC had been on Worthy Farm for much of last week filming trailers for the premiere.

“The whole field came about because of a man called Roy, who used to talk to the travellers who came to the farm back in the 1980s,” he said.

“Then he started putting on little shows in Creek Tunnel – they were getting a lot of attention, so I gave him a field, which went on to become Lost Vagueness.

“It was full of crazy theatre and art, and from there it evolved to include Block 9, Arcadia and places like Shangri-La, a place of peace and happiness away from the harsh realities of the real world.

“It’s huge now – taking up seven fields, and such an important part of the festival.

“We’re all excited about seeing the film, and hopefully it’ll get people in the mood for next year’s festival.”

Glastonbury After Hours: Glastopia will be screened on BBC4 tomorrow at 10pm.

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