Continetal Drifts will be bringing the Drifts Stage to Lost Vagueness at Glastonbury Festival 2005 to present a Massive Ethnic Urban Crossover Project.
The largest urban ethnic crossover project to appear at a mainstream UK festival will be going down at the Drifts Stage in the Lost Vagueness field, Glastonbury 2005. Building on the successes of 2004/03, which brought festival-goers the renowned Saturday British Asian night, the Drifts Stage (previously known as ‘The Dome’) will present some of the best world music acts, with a bigger line-up and expanded performance area this year.
Run by music programming company Continental Drifts in conjunction with the Arts Council of England, the Drifts Stage plays home to some excellent crossover artists and is gaining a reputation for diversifying Glasto. By day, the stage has a reggae vibe with artists including West Indian Sounds, Channel One (London), Entebe and Zion Train (Wales). The main programme begins at night, with six hours of underground beats from urban genres.
Friday night brings Umbele Brazil presented by Future World Funk and Batamacumba. This is the biggest, sexiest and sassiest line up of Brazilian superstars ever seen at Glastonbury! The super samba special features: Coco do Reino, led by the great Mestre Pacheco – a traditional song-smith from the beaches of Olinda, Pernambuco; Maracutu Estrela do Norte with folkloric drumming and dancing from Recife; the coronation of a black king and queen with full royal court, choreographed bauhinias and full drumming section; Banda ERE with essential roots and carnival vibes from Salvador, Bahia; and Verde Vai with 25 of the best Rio style carnival drummers from South East England accompanied by dancers in full carnival gear (expect bikinis and sequins and feathers!).
Saturday night has the massive British Asian beats, in conjunction with Br-Asian (the team behind the British Asian Music Awards). Headline acts include Bobby Friction and Nihal of Radio 1, Swami, Hard Kaur and Nasha Experience, who are joined by Panjabi Hit Squad, Kissmet, Dhol Academy, Rishi Risch/Juggy/Jay Sean, Raghav and many more. The event will be broadcast by MTV India, Radio 1 Xtra, Desi Nation (Channel 4) and the diversity unit radio group. This year, it also features Maharajas Feast – a specially designed performance piece that complements the aural entertainment.
On Sunday, Continental Drifts presents ‘21st Century Silk Road’, which brings Romany and East European artists together with top producers, creating amazing live hybrids of this exploding genre. Performances are from: Vagabond Boogaloo (Gypsy brass orchestra with top DJs/producers Dilation and Spindrift); Rajastan (Gypsy orchestra accompanied by circus performers), Heretic (Siberian mixer of Gypsy and calypso music); Layla Shunt (Saudi trapeze special); Baghdaddies (mixing up 1,000 mile an hour brass and Gypsy jazz); Oojami (belly dancing breakbeats); Fanfara (brassathon from Romania); Russ Jones (Future World Funk);, Sun Orchestra (Scotland’s biggest Gypsy special); and The 40 Thieves Orchestra (mixing gypsy with break beat and drum and bass).
As well as the Drifts Stage hosting an ethnic music extravaganza, the Lost Vagueness Ballroom – also programmed by Continental Drifts – features an extensive selection of world beats, including Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (Japan), Cat Empire (Australia), Sky Cubano (Cuba), DJ Heretic (Siberia), Rajastani Gypsy Orchestra (India), Hay Seed Dixie (Texas), Nouvelle Vagues (France) and Ruby Throat (Spain).
Chris McMeikan (aka Tofu) of Continental Drifts comments: “We’re concentrating on bringing a world music line-up unrivalled at Glastonbury to a fresh audience via the Lost Vagueness field. From the coolest Siberian gypsy tunes to the hottest British Asian acts, we’re creating a truly global experience that most UK festival-goers wouldn’t usually get the chance to witness.”