button Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts
@ Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset (22nd - 24th Jun. '07)

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      It was about a quarter of a century ago of 1982 when I first visited the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset. I remember there was no fence as such surounding the site and none of, what we call, the security guards was found there. It just appeared like a peaceful and laid back festival never known to the mass of people and surely, at least, noboy in Japan knew anthing about this as there was no Japanese people found there. It now is impossible to know how many Japanese are there in the festival as it is too massive, but at the time, it was not that big at all and certainly there were not may people there.

      At the top of the Pyramid, there was a giant CND (Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament) sign, which we call "Pease Sign" in Japan, shining and symbolizing the vibes of the festival. It was telling us why we were there and one of the reasons was that fact that all of the proceeds were donated to this organization to stop the NATO disposing mid reage nuclear misiles at the time. Pretty a lot of the people working and helping at the festival were members or supporters of CND and the most of the audience seemed fully understood the link of the festival and CND. Comparing with the situation now, it was rather small and quite, but I clearly remember the positive energy and vibes covering the fild of the festival.

      A couple of years later, I first visited there as a journalist and did an interview with Michael Eavis, the owner of the farm and the organizer of the festival. The words of him describing the idea behind the festival were true to what it was.

Glastonbury Festival "It is like a romatic apporach to Utopia where people can get together once a year... I juust wanted to make it real... That is what Bob Dylan and some musicians are singing about..."

      I guess a big change to the festival came around the early 90s after the walls in Berlin broke down and the relief of international tensions inbetween the west and east seemed to be a real thing for a short while, Instead of CND, the Glastonbury started donating the proceeds to Green Peace, Water Aid and Oxfam. [研究社新和英中辞典第4版] CNDへ最大の寄付を繰り返していた、通称、グラストが変化し始めたのは90年代頭だったろうか。ベルリンの壁が崩壊し、東西の緊張が緩和され始めた頃、CNDに代わって、寄付する対象がグリーンピース、ウォーター・エイド、オックスファムへと変化。急速にフェスティヴァルが肥大化し、集まってくる人も増えていった。14歳以下の子供は無料で、フェンスもたいしたものではなかった当時、数多くの人たちがただで会場に忍び込んでいたという話は有名だ。おかげで、地方政府から開催許可を得るのに大きな問題が浮上し、開催が危ぶまれるどころか、マイケル・イーヴィスが訴えられるといった事態にも直面したこともある。

 そんな流れのなかでさまざまな事件も増えていった。開催期間中に会場で二人の赤ちゃんが生まれたという逸話もあれば、ショットガンを持った強盗に襲われた店を助けるために、急遽、ビリー・ブラッグが会場内チャリティをしたり... いずれにせよ、あまりの肥大化が「都市がそのまま田舎に流れ込む」という状況を作り出したんだろう。そんな事態を受けて、いつの頃からか会場内に警察が入るようになり、運営の一部に大きなプロモーターが関わってくるようになっていった。巨大な壁が会場を包み込むようになったのは、その頃からではなかっただろうか。


 今年はマグの写真家、ライターなど11名がこのオルタナティヴな「不思議の国」を体験している。彼らの目にグラストがどう映ったのか? マグでは、彼らが独自に取材したライヴのレポートの他に、彼らにとってグラスト体験とはなにだったのか... そのあたりにスポットを当てて、まとめていこうと思っている。

comment and photo by hanasan

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(US import)

*ジュリアン・テンプル監督による作品で、現在公開中の"Glastonbury The Film"と同一内容ではないかと思われるが、未確認。



"グラストンベリー・アンセムズ ~ザ・ベスト・オブ・グラストンベリー~ 1994-2004 "




"Glastonbury the Movie"
(UK import)




*71年に開催された2回目となるグラストのドキュメンタリー映画。ワイト島のフェスティヴァルを記録した"Message to Love: Isle of Wight Festival " (US import)や"ウドストック" (国内盤)、あるいは、"Festival Express" (国内盤 / US import)に重なる「ロックの時代」が垣間見える。

Glastonbury related works

"Music from Glastonbury: The Film "
(US import)

"Live at Glastonbury 1994-2004 " (UK import)
"Glastonbury Fayre... " (UK import)
"Glastonbury Unsigned 2005" (UK import)
"Glastonbury Unsigned 2004"(UK import)
"Hawkwind : Live at Glastonbury 1990"(UK import)
"Banco de Gaja : Live at Glastonbury"(US import)
"Q Presents...Glastonbury 2003"(UK impport)
"Ruby Turner : Live in Concert : Glastonbury 1986"(US import)
"Glastonbury 1993 - in a Field of Their Own"(UK import)
"Glastonbury 25th Anniv."(UK import)
"Gong Maison : Glastonbury '89"(UK import)
"Glastonbury Festival 1989"(UK import)

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Feature Special

Glastonbury Festival

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Overall Review (JPN)

      [Vol.1 by aco]
      [Vol.2 by emi]
      [Vol.3 by hanasan]
      [Vol.4 by kaori]
      [Vol.5 by keco]
      [Vol.6 by morissie]
      [Vol.7 by philine]
      [Vol.8 by q_ta]
      [Vol.9 by ryota]
      [Vol.10 by taiki]
      [Vol.11 by yusuke]

photo reports & reviews

on the 21st

button Captain @ The Queen's Head

photo reports & reviews

on the 22nd

button Alterkicks @ Late'n'Live
button Arcade Fire (review) @ Other
button Automatic, The (review) @ Other
button Bjork (yusuke's version / ryota's version / review) @ Other
button Bloc Party (review) @ Pyramid
button Bright Eyes (review) @ Other
button Cribs, The (review) @ Other
button Damien RIce @ Acoustic
button Fratellis, The @ Pyramid
button Gogol Bordello (review) @ Pyramid
button Kasabian (emi's version / ryota's version) @ Pyramid
button Klaxons @ Dance East
button Modest Mouse (review) @ Other
button Soil & "Pimp" Sessions @ Jazz Lounge
button Super Furry Animals @ Other
button Tokyo Police Club, The @ John Peel
button View, The (review) @ Pyramid
button Rufus Wainwright (review) @ Other
button Amy Winehouse @ Pyramid

on the 23rd

button Babyshambles @ Other
button Bat For Lashes (review) @ John Peel
button Brakes @ Other
button !!!(chk chk chk) @ The Glade
button CSS (review) @ Other
button Dirty Pretty Things @ Pyramid
button Dirty Pretty Things (review) @ Strummervill
button Disculpas De Otilia (review ) @ Lost Vagueness
button Editors @ Other
button John Fogerty @ Jazz World
button Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. @ John Peel
button Hiromi's Sonic Bloom (review) @ Jazz World
button Iggy and The Stooges (yusuke's version / morissie's version / review) @ Other
button Klaxons (emi's version / ryota's version / (review) @ Other
button Kooks, The (review) @ Pyramid
button Long Blondes, The @ Other
button Madness (review)@ Lost Vagueness
button Maximo Park @ Other
button Mika @ Dance East
button Pama International (review) @ Dance West
button Rodrigo Y Gabriela @ Jazz World
button Soil & "Pimp" Sessions @ Jazz World
button Paul Weller @ Pyramid
button Patrick Wolf (emi's version / morissie's version / review) @ John Peel

on the 24th

button Keith Allen @ Strummervill
button Aqualung @ John Peel
button Billy Bragg @ Left Field
button Liam Frost @ Late'n'Live
button Gossip, The (review) @ John Peel
button Go! Team, The (review) @ Other
button Horrors, The (emi's version / ryota's version / review) @ John Peel
button Husky Rescue @ The Glade
buttonJamie T (review) @ Left Field
button La Kinky Beat (review) @ The Glade
button Manic Street Preachers @ Pyramid
button Mahala Rai Banda - Electric Gypsyland (review) @ Jazz World
button Mika (emi's version / ryota's version / review) @ Other
button Noisettes (review) @ John Peel
button Polytechnic @ Late'n'Live
button Rumble Strips, The (review) @ John Peel
button Tinariwen (hanasan's version / yusuke's version) @ Jazz World
button View, The @ Other
button Who, The (review)@ Pyramid
button Young Knives, The @ John Peel

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