This summer, festivals have gone digital and Glastonbury is no exception.
Today, the V&A launches a seven-day online celebration of everything Glastonbury.
The world-famous festival was due to celebrate its 50th year, but whilst the weekend celebrations have been postponed until 2021, the V&A has come up with a handy archive for music lovers.
The V&A is home to the nation’s Glastonbury Archive and is developing an online resource for the public to navigate the rich history of the festival.
Expect a collection of posters, programmes, designs, interviews, film, photographs, backstage passes and other memorabilia on viewing offer.
Today, the V&A is launching a call out for members of the public to send in their memories from the festival. Using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, the museum is asking for your written memories to enter the archive to help tell the story of who have attend.
We all know that Glastonbury is more than the performances themselves. It’s about the communal social experience of the festival-goers. The memories project will contribute towards a 360 degree mapping of its 50-year history.
Emily Eavis, Glastonbury Festival Co-organiser, said, “We are delighted that the V&A is joining us in celebrating Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary. The festival is witness to decades of creative, social and political change, and your memories are an integral part of this story.
“Please do share your Glastonbury memories and join in the V&A’s seven days of festival fun.”
A specially commissioned soundscape by award-winning sound designer Gareth Fry will also launch on the website. This seven minute piece includes recordings from the across the festival.
Gareth Fry, Sound Designer said,“Glastonbury is so much more than just music – there are comedian, circus acts, workshops, buskers, dozens of international cuisines.
“The camping, the walking, the people you pass by and the people you meet. There’s something unexpected around every corner.”
It conveys the atmosphere of festival life, through snippets of conversations and familiar sounds from across the festival site, including sunrise at the Stone Circle and sound checks at the Pyramid Stage. This sonic experience recreates the side of Glastonbury enjoyed by its guests, but not covered by TV channels.
V&A curators have also created new content providing an introduction to the Glastonbury Archive and the Festival’s History. As well as an examination of Glastonbury and Fashion, and Glastonbury Stage Design.
Accompany your online trip with a carefully curated playlist. Compiled on Spotify, so that you can also update with your favourite tunes from the festival. Helping to providing the perfect soundtrack for your #Glastonbury2020 weekend.
We know what our weekend plans are looking like, and it’s only Monday.
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