"Up on the hill at Glastonbury Festival, another kind of experience takes place. Glastopia…"
’GLASTONBURY AFTER HOURS: GLASTOPIA’, the long awaited new documentary from filmmaker Julien Temple, has its TV premiere next Friday – June 15 – on BBC4 at 10pm.
Filmed almost entirely on location at the 2011 Festival, Temple’s 75-minute film is set amongst the Festival’s outer fringes, in the fields known as Shangri-La, Arcadia, the Unfair Ground, Strummerville, Block 9 and the Common.
Here, like a futuristic graphic novel, the Festival reconnects with its radical, countercultural origins with a dark, urgent 21st century spontaneity.
"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," says Julien 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; a radical and alternative voice, born out the whole Festival experience."
Says Festival founder Michael Eavis: “From the seemingly chaotic behaviour of the Eighties, these folk have now come up with the most creative mingling of messages and joy anywhere in the world.”
Julien Temple’s ‘Glastonbury’ film, released in 2006, memorably covered Glastonbury’s long and chequered history. The new documentary points the way towards the future.
GLASTONBURY AFTER HOURS: GLASTOPIA will be screened on BBC4 on Friday June 15 at 10pm. BBC4 coverage on the same evening will also include a welcome re-run of Radiohead’s epic 1997 Pyramid gig, starting at midnight.
This story originally appeared with a photograph taken by Paul Holmes