It’s not everywhere that you’d find a Trinidadian percussionist alongside a south London grime MC partying with a troupe of Welsh can-can dancers, but then not everywhere is like Babylon Uprising.
Nestled in the heart of C market near the bandstand, Babylon Uprising is one of the secret jewels of the festival, a place of vibes, whether it be chilling at lunch to some bass heavy dubs, or partying until 3 am each morning to the sound of underground rave music.
2014 was the third year for Babylon Uprising at Glastonbury, and by far was the biggest and best. Run by tight-knit legendary south west sound system ‘theBRSS’, which count eco-builders, graphic designers and music professionals among them. In the spirit of Glastonbury Festivals drive to reduce waste and recycle, this year the team rescued a boat destined for landfill, chopped it in half and made it into a stage. To go alongside the theme of the ‘crashed ship’, the team also painstakingly hand-made a host of eerie passage lights, fashioned from metal scraps rescued from a skip.
Musically this year was one of the most diverse, and we were proud to showcase local and upcoming DJs and producers, alongside some of the worlds leading music artists. Some of this year’s standout performances were the incredible show from Jus Now on the Thursday, Sam Interface sneaking in a few into an epic 3 hour set from Dismantle on the Friday, and Saturday saw My Nu Leng mash up the place going b2b2b with Woz and True Tiger.
The party never stopped and we sailed through the weekend fueled by bass and positive vibes. We all caught up with old friends and made new ones for life. We wanna thank everyone who came saw and conquered, all the dancers, all the crew, all the artists, and all the people behind the scenes that make it all possible.
The most remarkable thing about Babylon Uprising and the thousands of hours of work that go into making it happen, is that it is all done for free. No one gets paid a penny, 100% non-profit and 100% strictly non-commercial. So we wanna give shouts and love to all those who contribute their time, their energy and their art to making one of the best parties ever – all done just for the love, each and every time… till next year, REWIND SELECTA!