Lost Vagueness organiser leaves Glastonbury Festival

Popular field set for revamp in 2008

The popular Lost Vagueness area of the Glastonbury festival is set to change for the 2008 festival.

Roy Gurvitz, who founded Lost Vagueness, has pulled out of the festival, meaning organisers will revamp the area for this year’s event.

The area had been a feature of the festival for the past ten years, hosting eight venues, a casino, and even a makeshift chapel where people could get “married”.

The area was also known for hosting performances from actors often taking part in surreal and bizarre shows.

Gurvitz said that he was pulling out of Glastonbury because they thought the festival was becoming increasingly commercial.

He told BBC 6Music that the increased involvement of music promoters in the organisation of Glastonbury led to his decision to leave.

“Up until now they took a back seat,” he said. “But now it’s starting to influence the line-up of bands and the general feel of the festival.

“It’s not too sad that we have pulled out. Things move on and things change. There were a number of procedures last year that we were not particularly happy with.”

Responding to the departure, festival chief Michael Eavis explained: “We brought a brand new area into Glastonbury Festival last year when my daughter Emily created The Park, which was a major addition to the festival.

“As part of that progressive change this year we have asked Debs Armstrong and Chris Tofu (of Continental Drifts) to programme the William’s Field areas of the site, previously occupied by Lost Vagueness. They have a new vision that I find inspiring, but the whole area will be divided into three separate fields and run by different individuals to produce a stunning result.

“After six festivals with Lost Vagueness it is time to move on. I wish Roy and his team well in their future activities but for Glastonbury it is another step forward in bringing in new ideas and creative thought.”

He added that details of the new late night entertainment area for Glastonbury Festival 2008 will be announced in mid-March.

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