New film tells the story of Glastonbury’s Lost Vagueness

The now-defunct area was the festival's original late night zone

A new film will tell the story of Glastonbury‘s former late night area, Lost Vagueness.

The area was a big part of the festival for two decades, but, after the organiser fell out with Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis, it was pulled. It was last a part of the Somerset festival in 2007, and was replaced by Shangri La.

Lost In Vagueness, the first music documentary from director Sofia Olins, will unravel Lost Vagueness’ history, and that of creator Roy Gurvitz. The movie was filmed over 12 years and features guest appearances from Fatboy Slim, Madness frontman Suggs, Keith Allen, Kate Tempest and more.


Lost Vagueness
A wedding in Lost Vagueness

A synopsis on the film’s official website reads: “It’s a story of the dark, self-destructive side of creative talent and the personal trauma behind it. Anti-hero, Roy, and Glastonbury founder, Michael, became friends in the early 1990s. Through their story, we retrace Britain’s sub-culture history, to see how a band of troublesome new age travellers came together to create Lost Vagueness. It was a place of opulence and decadence, and reminiscent of a permissive 1920s Berlin, but all in a muddy field.”

Olins said of the film: “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. 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.”

Screenings of Lost In Vagueness will begin across the UK on May 8, and currently run until June 16. Tickets and details can be found here.

Glastonbury will not take place this year due to the traditional fallow year being observed. It will return in 2019. Last year, the festival was headlined by Ed Sheeran, Radiohead, and Foo Fighters.

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