in its 4th year, the Glade Festival is on the weekend of the 20th-22nd
July. Considered by some to be the renegade dance stage at Glastonbury,
the idea has grown into a multi-genre music festival featuring cutting
edge electronic music. With a strong aversion to all things corporate
and mainstream and with a great love of all things alternative,
underground and interesting, the Glade this year will have a mind
boggling array of artistic ideas; musically, sonically, visually and
extra sensorily, from all over the world.
The Chamber, Newbury Town Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Newbury RG14
5AA Date & Time: Friday, 13 April 2007
Glade Music Festival
limit causes festival row Sat 14 April 2007
of a popular music festival in Berkshire have lodged an appeal against
council restrictions on the level of noise it can make.
Glade Festival, which is held in July on the Wasing Estate near
Aldermaston, was granted a licence by West Berkshire Council last month.
its backers are to appeal against conditions placed on the volume of the
music played at the three-day event.
will consider the appeal at a pre-trial hearing on 23 May.
festival has previously drawn some complaints from locals over noise
created throughout the night.
organisers said they had worked hard to correct problems that arose in
sound systems that reduce noise pollution will be used at the event to
be held on the weekend of 20-22 July.
statement on the festival website, they said: "The issue of sound
at the Glade Festival has been one of our biggest challenges.
the last two years, we've not got it right from both the perspective of
our audience and also, and just as importantly, from that of those
on the basis of 'three strikes and you're out', we realise that we
absolutely have to get it right."
council spokesman said it was "highly supportive of artistic and
cultural events across a wide spectrum".
he added that conditions limiting the volume of the music had to be
added to the licence "given objections from local residents about
potential noise nuisance".
Festival party clubber
tell licensing sub committee how drug dealing is rife at dance music
taking and drug dealing at the Glade festival has rendered it “unpoliceable,”
West Berkshire Council’s licensing sub committee heard yesterday
The meeting, to determine whether the festival will take place this
summer, was told Thames Valley Police vehemently opposed it.
The council’s environmental health department was also critical on the
grounds of noise and public safety.
Earlier, festival organisers laid out their stall in a four-hour meeting
at Newbury Town Hall, promising new, ‘sound-cancelling’ technology
would help prevent last year’s noise problems.
The application to hold the three-day, electronic music and arts
festival at the Wasing Estate was unopposed by Aldermaston and Brimpton
parish councils, which stand to benefit from substantial, charitable
donations from the proceeds.
But Inspector John Relf told the committee the event was
“unpoliceable” and claimed that to enforce drugs laws at the event
“would have an enormous impact on all of the force if it goes
The committee heard lawyer Steven Morley, representing the force, who
said: “These were experienced officers who wrote these reports. They
have policed Reading and WOMAD festivals and never encountered anything
like the levels of drugs at this event.
“The reason, the police suspect, is the type of music - its the scene.
It’s described as ‘rave music.’”
Officers reported drugs were smoked “openly” and that class A drug
dealing was rife.
Insp Relf added: “Crime and disorder are huge issues at this event.
What the officers saw was a disgrace. People were openly smoking drugs
in front of them.”
The committee also heard from Wasing Estate owner Joshua Dugdale who
spoke of his pride at hosting an internationally renowned, dance music
Organiser Luke Piper outlined the entertainment on offer including
theatre, public speaking and workshops.
Local supporters, meanwhile, pleaded for the application to be granted.
Sue Poole, who lives nearby, said: “It offers young people locally a
chance to hear and be inspired by several artistic genres.
“The social, cultural and musical benefits should not be
Student Rachel Lawrence said: “It is by far the safest and best run
festival I have attended. Don’t let them destroy something so
fantastic for our community - many of us are voters of today and
tomorrow. I would be devastated to lose it.”
The committee deferred their decision until next week.
Music Festival: Acarine 2004
determined to pull plug on UK's 'premiere' dance music festival 2006
REVELLERS from the third Glade festival head for home to compare
memories, a question mark hangs over the future of the event.
Fans describe it as the UK’s premiere dance music festival, organised
by the most professional team in the land and held in an idyllic
But, despite the organisers’ best efforts, some residents are furious
- and determined to pull the plug on the event.
Concessions to local people this year included closing the outdoor stage
at midnight instead of 4am.
But noise from the marquees,
which still pumped out music into the small hours, drove some residents
West Berkshire Council
spokesman Keith Ulyatt said: “The initial feedback is that conditions
of the licence were met but there were possible breaches of noise
“Council staff worked very hard to monitor the event and help ensure
Dr Glyn Charlesworth of Brimpton Lane, Brimpton Common, said: “H
just been through the ‘audio hell’ afforded by Glade and having
endured only 10 hours sleep since Thursday because of the noise
nuisance, I have no confidence whatsoever that any control can or will
be exercised by council officers, the event organisers or the estate
Some critics claimed people had been “paid off” to withdraw their
objections. This was vehemently denied by festival organisers.
Spokesman Anselm Guise said: “There was one lady doing her finals
exams and in that one case we provided alternative accommodation nearby.
In no case did we ‘buy off’ objectors or pay them to go away.”
But district councillor Irene Neill (Con, Aldermaston) was open minded
about the festival returning in future. She said: “We could hear the
music and voices up here in Hyde End, but it did not really disturb
us.And it does bring a lot of extra money into the village.”
though the cows at
Glastonbury festival are having some peace and quiet this year, a little
bit of the UK's biggest festival went ahead in the Berkshire countryside
this weekend. The Glade
started as a dance and electronic music stage at Glastonbury Festival
and everyone there seemed to agree that the Glade Festival has retained
a very Glastonbury 'vibe': colourful, friendly and just a little bit
We've just got back from the festival and it's been an amazing weekend
(even if we're tired, sunburnt and a little smelly). As well as nearly
500 Oxfam stewards keeping everyone safe, we had five gorgeously
stunning campaigners talking to festival goers about the Make
Trade Fair campaign. In the baking hot sun, we got a fantastic
response with over 2,500 joining the campaign. A big thank you to the
lovely Glade people!
The event is set in a beautiful, intimate setting with nine arenas
pumping almost every sort of dance and electronic
imaginable nearly 24 hours a day. From the moment we got there we knew
we were in for a great weekend.
If you get tired of the psy-trance, drum and bass, techno, breakbeat,
hip-hop, reggae etc etc etc, there are loads of other crazy and quirky
ways to amuse yourself. From getting married at the inflatable church
(with a wedding dress from the Oxfam Stall!) to watching the circus, or
from dancing the can-can in the Pussy Parlour to lounging out of the sun
in a hammock in the amazing Spiral Zone.
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Festival: The healing power of good music - 18/05/2007
From year 2000, Nick Ladd and Ans Guise, two of the four Glade directors,
were putting on outdoor Psychedelic Trance parties outside of Cape
Town at the peak of the scene down there. South
Africa was in its golden era at the time and it was from these
parties that Nano Records was born, which has now gone on to become
the UK’s best and arguably the worlds best Psy Trance label.
At the same time, Nick was coming back to the UK for the summer
festival seasons and was invited by Luke Piper (Glade director no 3)
to get involved with running a new stage at Glastonbury – The Glade.
It was here that Nick met the Glade’s production manager, Biff
Mitchell, who along with Rennie Pilgrem was to begin Breaksday, the
curators of the Glade Festival’s breaks tent.
The Glade at Glastonbury was a instant success, with easily the best
line up of underground music anywhere in the UK and a feeling of
freedom and togetherness not seen at a major festival in the UK since
the days of Spiral Tribe……..after the third successful year,
discussions had begun between Nick and Biff about building an
breakaway event based on its popularity.
At the same time, Ans, who was looking for a way of raising Nano
records profile in the UK , began talking to Nick about putting on the
countries first ever legal PsyTrance event and slowly but surely the
concept of a banging multi genre electronic music festival was born.
Underpinned buy the upsurge in popularity of Breaks and Psy trance,
the idea was fairly simple – give all the different genres of music
showcased at The Glade at Glastonbury their own stage and then add the
circus acts, cabaret, art installations, a healing area and all the
weird and wonderful wotnot that goes into making a proper English
With acts like Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Hallucinogen and Stanton
Warriors on board, the line up quickly developed into the best seen at
a UK dance event since the heady days of Spiral Tribe and the tickets
flew out the door, eventually changing hands on EBay for 250 quid a
Since then, the Glade has gone on to establish itself as a major event
on the world dance calendar. Shunning corporate sponsorship
in favour of keeping the vibe true to the free party scene, the Glade
has single handedly revived outdoor dance events in the UK . Over the
past 3 years it has featured most of the biggest names in world dance,
without ever crossing the line to commerciality. Renow ned for world
class production, beautiful decorations and one of the friendliest
crowds on the planet, the Glade has become the benchmark to which the
current rash of electronic events aspires.
“We did a lot of the hard work making our name at Glastonbury and
Michael Eavis’ blessing for the gig was crucial" says Nick
Ladd, the Glade’s creative director.
"But it was really the coming together of the some of the UK’s
best underground dance promoters that made it – Nano Records,
Breaksday, Liquid Connective, ID Spiral, Sancho Panza, Overkill, Tribe
of Frog – they all saw
that the Glade was an opportunity to bring the different dance crowds
together and really show that what was bubbling away in the UK
underground was as good as anywhere in the world.
I think the fact that we don’t have any corporate sponsorship is
important – the healing power of a good music festival lies in the
reality bubble it creates – for 3 days, people give themselves
permission to be open hearted, open minded, friendly and community
spirited – things that are not often found in day to day life in England………
its an escape from normal life and an opportunity to explore human
potential – to see human
nature at its best……. and the lack of corporate branding that
anchors people back to their normal day to day reality helps maintain
this feeling. More than ever now, with all the dark times going on
around the planet, we need times like this to remind us what life
really should be about”
Glade Festival 2007 is on the weekend of 20th- 22nd July and boasts
the best line up yet of any of the four years, over an amazing 12
performer: 808 State
A great deal of the music and performances has now been confirmed.
Have a look at the STAGES
area of the website to find what's going on in all the arenas. Click the
FESTIVAL link at the
top of the page to find out about all sorts of other aspects of the
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and have a look at the photogallery
from the last 3 years.
Glade Festival is a proper festival with no day door tickets, it's a
whole weekend. There's camping around the arena and in beautiful
countryside across the site, which is free and so is the love.
You can hire tents beforehand and pick them up at the gig. Groovy,
check out Joe
Bananas for more on that.
Tipi / Yurt hire
imagine a Tipi or Yurt ready and waiting for your arrival at the
exclusive camping area reserved for you and your friends, close
enough to the entertainment, but a welcome retreat from the hustle
and bustle of the markets and stages.
Tipi and Yurt camping area includes reception staff to settle you in
and a maintenance crew to make sure your Tipi or Yurt is looked
after. Of course there are full campsite facilities such as showers
and toilets, and you even get access to a Yurt Sauna!
Tipis and Yurts are handcrafted and installed to a high standard.
The structures are complete with frames, canvas covers and flooring.
Treat yourself to a furnishings
package that includes rugs, cushions, sheepskins, bolsters, low
wooden table, lanterns, firedish/ wood-burning stove, and firetools.
14' Tipi sleeps 2 - 4 £300 Furnishings £80
16' Tipi sleeps 3 - 5 £320 Furnishings £90
18' Tipi sleeps 4 - 6 £350 Furnishings £100
21' Tipi sleeps 6 - 8 £420 Furnishings £120
25' Tipi sleeps 8-15 £590 Furnishings £180
12' Yurt sleeps 2 - 4 £350 Furnishings £80
16' Yurt sleeps 4 - 6 £420 Furnishings £100
20' Yurt sleeps 8 - 12 £580 Furnishings £120
24'Yurt sleeps 10-15 £750 Furnishings £180
(Prices are exclusive of VAT)
There are only a limited number of structures available. Don't miss
out on the chance to experience the magic of Tipis and Yurts.
Telephone: 01749 860 708
Glade Festival is to be held at the same venue it has always been held
at. It's a beautiful venue in Berkshire; only 50 minutes drive from
only 20 quid you can get from London to the Glade and back.. on a bus..
with a load of other people all after the same thing!! Please check out www.gladefestival.com/festival/the-glade-green-bus
first ever Glade festival kicked of in the heart of little known Wasing
in July 2004. Situated among
forty acres of typical English grassland, the festival was a spin-off
from the Glade stage at Glastonbury. Its aim was simple: to get back the
atmosphere of Glastonbury '72.
artists such as Mark Broom, Timo Maas, Freq Nasty, 808 State, Dreadzone
Soundsystem, Ceephax and Pete bones played on the main stage inside a
on Saturday night gave an exceptional live performance on the main stage
with his experimental electronic sound.
Twin also performed well, under the name DJ AFX, and 'The Egg' launched
their long awaited new album.
origin stage was an open air spectacle and featured the best Psy trance
artists such as Hallucinogen, Tristan and Silicon.
large dust cloud which was formed when Talamasca took to the stage from
people dancing proved what a good reception the artists inspired.
popular tent was the Liquid stage with its pulsing trance. Most nights
was overcrowded with many of the overspill dancing outside the tent.
stage featured artists such as Youth in Dub, Aphid Moon, Dark Angel,
John OM who played well into the early hours. It's
a shame the size of this tent was so restricting, hopefully they'll
enlarge it next year.
Caukus roadshow was a themed tent with a retro approach and featured a
cocktail bar and its own line up of DJ's. It was a good place to have a
drink and rest up before going on to the next hardcore dancing session.
the far end of the site was Solar
Chill, a 24-hour chill out zone run on solar power that offered
massages, healing, food and a great place to relax amongst oversized
ornamental mushrooms. Other attractions on site included large
inflatables, a miniature Camden town of shops and plenty of places to
sample the best of organic foods.
festival was definitely a success and maintained a fresh feeling
throughout. Hopefully it will continue to run in the future though
expansion may damage the atmosphere which was successfully created this
Glade Festival, nr. Newbury, Berkshire, July 15-17 2005
it's festival debut last year, The Glade Festival is a free-standing
version of the stage of the same name at Glastonbury Festival. At the
cutting edge of electronic and dance music, this year sets from Aphex
Twin (as DJ AFX), Squarepusher, Hexstatic, Richie Hawtin and Xfm's own
DJ Eddy Temple-Morris should keep the bleep-fans gurning until the
Dance Tent: Dreadzone, Richie Hawtin, Squarepusher, Carl
Craig, Hexstatic, AFX (DJ), The Bays, Aphrodite
& MC Sugar, System 7, Speedy
J, Shpongle, Sharam Jey, Nodens Ictus, Tintin
Chambers, Infusion, Annarchy,
Tent: Atomic Hooligan, Rennie Pilgrem, Roxiller, Toob, Autobots, Ed
2000 & Veela, Danny Mcmillan, Disposable Breaks DJs, Dreadzone
Sound System, Future Funk Squad, JDS, Kraymon, Meat
Katie, Paul Arnold, Smithmonger, Soul of Man, Tayo, Vigi, "The
Remix" - Eddy Temple Morris & more,
Stage: Hallucinogen, Silicon Sound, Son Kite, Hydrophonic
(live), Eskimo (live), Jumanji (live), Tristan (live), Aphid
Moon (live), Protoculture (live), Pogo, Joti Sidhu, Allaby, Quadra, Altom, The
Commercial Hippies, Peter Digital, Tristan (DJ), James
Munro (DJ), Shane Gobi, Ans (DJ), Edoardo, Lucas, Kristian
(DJ), Phil Chichime (DJ), Lox,
Panza: Layo & Bushwacka!, DIY featuring Digs and
Woosh, Matt Brown, Jimmy K Tel,
Tent: Chris Clark, Ceephax, Cylob, Cassetteboy
& DJ Rubbish, The Bug (live) + MC's Ras B & Warrior Queen, Milanese, Plaid
Disco Dub DJs, Ultre & Flat-e (live), Tomp, Zan Lyon
(live), Tim Exile (live), DJs Buddy Peace & Zilla, Sirius
(dj set), DJ Rob Hall, DJ Maddog, DJ Mr 6, Shitmatt
(live), DJ Scotch Egg, Charlottefield (live), Chevron
(live), Mully (live), Phil Collins 3 (live),
Stage: LCD Soundsystem, Tron (live), Fromem_Ory
(live), Liquid Ross (DJ), Liquid Djems (DJ), Kana (DJ), Slack
Baba (live), Organismic (live), Nagual Sound Experiment
Spiral Chill: Solarfield (live), MaFaiza (live), Bluetech
(live), Gaudi, Tripswitch, Kaya Project, Organismic
(live), Solarquest (live), Nick Interchill, Nova (DJ), Liquid
Ross (DJ), Chris Organic (DJ)
Tickets Details: SOLD OUT
www.gladefestival.com, and is
expected to sell out quickly. No day tickets are available.
Glade Festival 2005 will take place from July
15-17 at a site TBC nr. Newbury, Berkshire.
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events involve the use of green field sites, temporarily transformed
into busy centers of activity. They may involve the use of heavy
structures, machinery, 100s – 100,000s of feet and 1000’s of cars
etc. Some the scale of Glastonbury turn a green field site into a
addition to the physical land itself comes the wildlife who live there.
organisers should consider:
trackway to minimise damage of vehicle movement on site (and in
the UK avoid spending half of the build pulling vehicles out of
possible enhance the environment by planting trees and preserving
hedgerows, and consider wildlife when planning your event.
can offer their expertise and advise for minimizing land damage
and protecting local wildlife.
with local environmental and wildlife charities and organisations.
percentage of takings could be donated or invested into local
environmental/wildlife projects. Check out www.groundwork.org
an internet survey of 649 festival visitors the following was found with
regards to attitudes to waste management at events:
of the comments made by festival goers related to land conservation
main impact would be making festivals themselves sustainable, by not
annoying the locals we are seen as less of a pest by the authorities,
and save the land for the future”
many people want to get wasted and have a good time and forget about the
real world when, if they are willing to be out in the open then they
should appreciate EVERYTHING that comes with the experience. This
includes making sure they left the land just as clean as when they
arrived with respect and maturity!”
what you are doing is very similar to a camping trip; ideally, each
individual should apply the same rules that they would when anywhere
else in nature. You are taking something from the land, i.e. your
enjoyment, and it deserves to be treated with respect. It would be great
to think that everyone tried to apply a 'leave only footprints' approach
to their time at a festivals, which of course should be mirrored by any
traders etc there.”
organisers and workers also highlighted measures taken to protect the
land they use:
camping causes damage to land
is very concerned with the environment. All stallholders products are
expected to be environmentally friendly, we actively discourage vehicles
on site (cars belong in a car park, not with tents), we leave the land
as we found it (litter clearing can take up to 2 months after event). We
work with the local council and encourage any local environmental
organizations to take part.
Sundance (stalls co-ordinator BGG, Healing area reception Glasto)
aim to provide more urinals for men to discourage them from
urinating against the fence / trees.
Ladd ‘Glade Festival’
Ladd of the Glade Festival, made reference to the Countryside
Stewardship Scheme, and farmland regulations, the rules of which apply
to festivals depending on the type of land they use, and also the type
of grants they receive. Nick goes on to say that for events on farmland
the same rules apply as for a farmer, such as not polluting water
/ Conditions of Use
Glade festival party
JULES - CLUB NEWS
Warming Fuelling Festival Frenzy?
organiser Nick Ladd chatted to Skrufff about the astonishing explosion of
new music festivals in Britain and revealed that he believes that ever
rising temperatures are to blame.
think one major factor is global warming
to be honest - there are less wet ones to put people off
- when the sun is shining, music festivals are England at its best
- massive creative diversity in one big field full of cool friendly people
ˆ it's a no brainer," he suggested.
predicted that many festivals will struggle with the new competition and
admitted that Glade ticket sales have been slower than before, There
are certainly a lot more events out there and more are being added every
year - its getting a bit crazy and it is impacting on more established
events ticket sales," said Nick.
Glade Festival has usually sold out by now, but we still have just under
1000 tickets left - they will shift - we are lucky that we have a strong
following - but I know there are established events out there that are
really struggling this year," he said.
Rastko Andric, the promoter of Serbia's Exit festival told Skrufff they're
enjoying their best ever pre-sale for tickets this year with sales to
British travellers three times higher than ever before and was more
enthusiastic about festival trends. "The reason there are so
many new festivals is very simple, it's because of the download
revolution," Rastko suggested.
and bands just don't earn as much as they used to by selling records so
they are forced to play at festivals instead of just doing their own
concerts which in the past were centred around promoting albums, " he
added, "At this moment we are witnessing a great transition in the
music entertainment business."
more festival news, Standard young journalist Richard Godwin poked fun at
the 'increasing respectability and age profile of festival crowds, with
'yummy mummies with hampers and middle managers on day release'
increasingly spoiling the vibe.
for a summer music festival used to involve little more than a quick call
to your dealer," the 20 something writer complained, "But for
today's revellers, making sure the babysitter is booked and the Prosecco
(wine) on ice would seem more pressing priorities," he sniffed.
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