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 sensorilly, from all over the world.
The Chamber, Newbury Town Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Newbury RG14
5AA Date & Time: Friday, 13 April 2007 at 12.30pm
Volume limit causes
festival row Sat 14 April 2007
Organisers of a popular music festival in Berkshire have lodged an
appeal against council restrictions on the level of noise it can make.
The Glade Festival, which is held in July on the Wasing Estate near
Aldermaston, was granted a licence by West Berkshire Council last month.
But its backers are to appeal against conditions placed on the volume
of the music played at the three-day event.
Magistrates will consider the appeal at a pre-trial hearing on 23
The festival has previously drawn some complaints from locals over noise
created throughout the night.
Its organisers said they had worked hard to correct problems that
arose in previous years.
Hi-tech sound systems that reduce noise pollution will be used at the
event to be held on the weekend of 20-22 July.
In a statement on the festival website, they said: "The issue of
sound at the Glade Festival has been one of our biggest challenges.
"For 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 living locally.
"And, on the basis of 'three strikes and you're out', we realise
that we absolutely have to get it right."
A council spokesman said it was "highly supportive of artistic
and cultural events across a wide spectrum".
But 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".
Police tell licensing
sub committee how drug dealing is rife at dance music festival
DRUG taking and drug dealing at the Glade festival has rendered it
“unpoliceable,” West Berkshire Council’s licensing sub committee
heard yesterday (Fri).
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.
to pull plug on UK's 'premiere' dance music festival 2006
AS 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 to distraction.
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 nuisance legislation.
“Council staff worked very hard to monitor the event and help ensure
Dr Glyn Charlesworth of Brimpton Lane, Brimpton Common, said: “H
aving 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
Read more on this story in this week's Newbury Weekly News
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 crazy.
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
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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Glade Festival: The healing power of good music -
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
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
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
link at the top of the page to find out about all sorts of other aspects
of the festival.
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and have a look at the photogallery
from the last 3 years.
Camping & Tipis
The 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
Just imagine a Tipi or Yurt ready and waiting for your
arrival at the Glade Festival!
An 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.
The 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!
All our Tipis and Yurts are handcrafted and installed to a high
standard. The structures are complete with frames, canvas covers and
Treat yourself to our furnishings package that includes rugs,
cushions, sheepskins, bolsters, low wooden table, lanterns, firedish/
wood-burning stove, and firetools.
Prices are as follows:
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
The 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 London.
For 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
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.
also performed well, under the name DJ AFX, and 'The Egg' launched their
long awaited new album.
stage was an open air spectacle and featured the best Psy trance artists
such as Hallucinogen, Tristan and Silicon.
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.
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
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.
At 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.
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 year.
The Glade Festival, nr. Newbury, Berkshire, July 15-17 2005
Making 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 early hours.
Main 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,
Breaksday 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,
Origin 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,
Sancho Panza: Layo
& Bushwacka!, DIY featuring Digs and Woosh, Matt
Brown, Jimmy K Tel,
Littlebig 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
Liquid Stage: LCD
Soundsystem, Tron (live), Fromem_Ory (live), Liquid Ross
(DJ), Liquid Djems (DJ), Kana (DJ), Slack Baba
(live), Organismic (live), Nagual Sound Experiment (live),
ID 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
Tickets will go on sale on April
27 from www.gladefestival.com,
and is expected to sell out quickly. No day tickets are available.
The 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:
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
JULES - CLUB NEWS
Warming Fuelling Festival Frenzy?
organizer 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,
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 travelers three times higher than ever before and was
more enthusiastic about festival trends.
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 centered 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
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