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Glastonbury is formless and scattershot, and successful in capturing the festival's raw, wild energy.



Total Count: 32


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In 1970, a music aficionado and entrepreneur named Michael Eavis staged a "pop, folk, and blues" festival on a dairy farm in the English community of Glastonbury, not far from Stonehenge. 1,500 attended the "Glastonbury Fayre," and a second festival followed in 1971. By 2005, The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts had grown into the biggest pop music festival in the world, playing host to the biggest names in rock, reggae, electronic, blues, and world music for a crowd of up to 150,000 people over the course of a three-day weekend in June. Filmmaker Julien Temple offers a backstage look at the history of this event, as well as a cross section of the memorable performances which have taken place on the festival's stage in the documentary Glastonbury. Performers featured in archival footage include R.E.M., David Bowie, New Order, Radiohead, Coldplay, the Velvet Underground, Nick Cave, Oasis, Blur, Björk, and many more. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (9)

  • ... as muddy as Yasgur's farm back in the day.

    Apr 7, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • For all the posers with light sticks and piercings, there are moments of Dada-esque beauty, not to mention some great music from Tinariwen, Bjork, David Bowie and the late, great Joe Strummer.

    Apr 5, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The portrait is spectacular and inclusive, if sometimes a bit overwhelming and confusing.

    Mar 8, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • A warm and witty, detailed look at this parallel universe.

    Mar 2, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is clearly an act of boosterism, and it makes a pretty good case for the Glastonbury cause.

    Feb 24, 2007 | Rating: B

    Keith Phipps

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • The overall soundtrack seamlessly patches together a sonic quilt of eclectic music that evokes a kind of timeless flow. It's not a Glastonbury of any particular vintage, but rather a continuum of experiences that have occurred on this sacred ground.

    Feb 22, 2007 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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