“We decided to only do one festival in the UK this year. This was definitely the right one – it’s an AMAZING festival!” Karl Hyde, Underworld, Glade Festival Glade Stage, Sunday 19th July 2009
Having sold out three days before this year’s festival – The Glade Festival – held last weekend at its new home Matterley Bowl was a huge success. So much so, revellers have already starting snapping up tickets for next year’s Festival. Early Bird tickets for 2010 went on sale yesterday, Wednesday 22nd July at £110 and have 250 tickets have already been sold.
There are only 1,000 Early Bird Tickets on sale for a limited period which can be purchased from gladefestival.com. Next year’s festival takes place from Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th July 2010.
What is a British festival without rain? True to form, we were visited by the rain clouds at this year’s Glade Festival. However, it only showered during the day and there were plenty of sunny intervals with no rain at night keeping the vibe happy and the smiles on dials. Even when it was raining, Glader’s showed no signs of stopping the party, and business continued as normal throughout the weekend. The chalk underneath the site helped drain excess water away and keep the grass green. Everyone was surprised at how well the site held up.
The atmosphere was fantastic with Glade Festival once again showing it has the friendliest most peaceful dance crowd in the UK. The feedback so far was that this was a next level music festival and by far the best Glade Festival yet.
There was some minimal crime reported, but overall: “It was relatively quiet,” said Sgt Stuart Gilmour, of North Walls police station, Winchester. “Apart from the six arrests it was very peaceful.”
Luke Piper, Festival Director said: “We have developed a good relationship through working with Hampshire Police and are very grateful for their expertise and input. They are very knowledgeable and through their observations at this year’s event have provided us with excellent advice on how to further improve security for 2010.”
A special hotline was also set up to take noise complaints from local residents and received very few calls over the weekend.
Artists such as Underworld, Squarepusher, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Booka Shade, Juan Atkins, Adam Beyer, Benga, Dub Pistols and many, many more rocked the crowds all weekend. Arcadia – the outdoor scrap metal and fire installation was also a huge hit with nightly fire shows and killer sets from the likes of Adam Freeland, Deekline and Alex Metric. The outdoor Psytrance stage Origin was also heaving for the entire weekend. All in all, underground dance communities from all corners went for it hard and had it large at this year’s Glade Festival.
Nick Ladd, Festival Director said: “This year we really got it down. The Glade Festival is now the perfect hybrid between a fat rave and a festival of performing arts, it’s really taken UK dance events to a new and exciting place that they haven’t been before. The entertainment is really diverse now, with lots of interactive stuff to get people involved and in touch with their own creativity.
“The Interstella Circus and Cabaret went down a storm and the site art was really spectacular – right up there with the best in the world. Lots of international artists came off the stages absolutely buzzing at the crowd reactions, and the dancefloors were rocking until 6am to the hugely improved late night sound levels. It was absolutely banging all weekend, the move to the new venue worked in every respect, we are well chuffed.”rn