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Glastonbury (2007)



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

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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 (33) | Top Critics (17)

When a voice-off narration burbles something about a "convergence of the powerlines of the mind", you know you are in the presence of a film that has purchased at the refreshment kiosk of life more than it can consume.

October 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Too long, with too many shots of hands-in-the-air ravers and too much Damien Hirst, Glastonbury is still hugely evocative...

September 26, 2017 | Full Review…

It's hard to pin down the intent and even the honesty of the filmmaker.

June 12, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The sense of total immersion is breathlessly complete.

April 13, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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

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

April 5, 2007 | Full Review…

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