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Lost Vagueness and Glastonbury part ways

01 Feb 08
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The haven of alternative hedonism known as Lost Vagueness has pulled out of Glastonbury Festival, following a decision by organisers to focus on other projects.

The late night area, which grew into one of Glastonbury's most popular destinations, has pulled out of the festival following a 10 year relationship.

It is believed the parting of ways has been amicable, with Lost Vagueness creator Roy Gurvitz and Michael Eavis long standing friends.

But VF has learnt that the organisers behind the alternative cabaret, music and entertainment area have decided that now is the right time to move on.

A source told us that there were a number of problems at last year's event, spanning logistics, personnel, performers and, of course, the mud, as the concept became a victim of its own success. 

Lost Vagueness had become a 'festival within a festival' and that brought with it its own set of problems.

Kate Lewis, a spokesperson for Lost Vagueness, said: "Last year was very hectic for a lot of people. There was enormous pressure, both at the festival itself and in the planning stages. It takes a lot of time out of peoples' careers."

Having already ventured into other festivals, Lost Vagueness is now looking to widen its horizons and is promising it will be back at a number of events.

It started ten years ago out of the free travelling movement and grew steadily into one of Glastonbury's most creative hubs, providing a late night hang out that included some eye-popping spectacles.

It encouraged dressing up and individual expression and has inspired many features of the boutique festival movement, including events such as Bestival, Connect and the Big Chill.

The area spanned numerous tents and featured such attractions as a casino, the Chapel Of Love, a '50s diner and a trailer park.

While it will undoubtedly be missed, Glastonbury is promising a similar area to replace it, featuring alternative acts and a like-minded ethos. 

But as Lost Vagueness has stressed in a statement, it will be impossible to truly recreate the magic behind the original movement which pushed the boundaries of festivals and changed Glastonbury forever. 


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