Brighton’s Fatboy Slim has been sharing his fondest memories of the legendary Lost Vagueness. Below is unseen footage from Lost In Vagueness, a new film telling the story of Glastonbury’s iconic sideshow – which comes to Hove’s The Old Market on Sat 16 June. Released by Dartmouth Films, this debut feature by Sofia Olins was shot over 12 years from 2004. The never-before-told story of the rise and fall of this mini-festival, and its ingenious (but occasionally self-destructive) creator Roy Gurvitz.
The film traces Gurvitz’s emergence from a group of new age travellers who made Glastonbury a stomping ground in the eighties, to anarchic impresario, and onto a troubled creative force struggling to belong in a changing world.
A reaction to Glastonbury’s post-Thatcher malaise, Lost Vagueness started as a fancy-dress cabaret and flourished into a festival-within-a-festival: an incredible twisted pastiche of the Vegas strip encompassing variety performers from dance to burlesque to circus to freakshow to pyrotechnic scrapheap robots, as well as a casino, a wedding chapel, hot tubs and a boxing ring.
“The story I encountered when filming what eventually became Lost in Vagueness is a near perfect representation of British festival culture in the 21st century,” says director Sofia Olins. “Throughout filming I could see the changing festival scene and I became interested in how the anarchy and DIY culture from the 1980/90’s was becoming monetised. The irony of the sub-culture becoming mainstream was a universal thread and I was interested in sewing it into the story.”
The film combines exclusive footage of Lost Vagueness at the height of its hedonistic powers with in-depth interviews with Roy, his loyal but increasingly exasperated producer Leila Jones, Glastonbury stalwarts Michael and Emily Eavis and Melvin Benn, and artists including Suggs, Kate Tempest, Keith Allan, Fatboy Slim and legendary cabaret performer Mouse.
A special screening of Lost in Vagueness, including an after-party with live music from ten-piece rock’n’roll gospel group The Future Shape of Sound, as well as DJs and interactive games, comes to Hove’s The Old Market on Sat 16 June 2018.
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