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Glade Festival 2006 - Review and Photos
DJpromoter.com attended The Glade Festival which was held from Fri 14th - Sun 16th July (campsite 13th - 17th). In keeping with the secrecy policy that surrounds Glade, I shall not reveal the location, other than to paraphrase Glade's very own blurb that it's located "somewhere in the English countryside not far from London".
After a long drive, we made it into the festival site with 10 minutes to spare before the 6pm alcohol curfew. It was certainly a nice bonus to get our own alcohol into the festival. We also managed to avoid the 'green tax' of £5 that you were meant to pay if there were less than 3 people in the car, but I never saw anyone checking for that. The onsite food stalls were by far the best quality I've ever seen at a music festival. Apparently tacky fast food burger and hotdog vans are banned from the Glade site, a highly commendable approach. The campsite within Glade is within the boundaries of the actual festival itself, so you can literally pitch your tent directly overlooking the arena tents. Fortunately there were onsite showers, which was vital for such a long festival.
You could immediately sense a relaxed and chilled out vibe about the Glade crowd, and indeed I didn't see one chav/ned type person. However that's not to say that you could't be too careful, as there were still thieves in operation. Mind you, common sense alone should dictate that when camping you keep your money and valuables with you at all times. This meant that I had no sympathy with the stupid bloke that we overheard bemoaning the fact that he'd had £400 stolen from his tent. While we are on the subject of money, a vital tip is to take enough cash to cover the whole weekend, since there were nearly always huge queues at the bank machines.
We had a rough idea what acts/DJs we wanted to see, although the inevitable clashing of set times meant that some sacrifices had to be made. On Friday afternoon we checked out each tent/arena catching snippets of artists/DJs before taking advantage of the weather by sitting at the tree outside the Breaksday tent for a couple of hours. At Breaksday we heard Tom Real vs The Rogue Element, Annie Nightingale and Precision Cuts, before heading to the Glade Main Stage to see the legendary Guy Called Gerald.
After a much needed food break we returned later and alternated between the Breaksday and Glade Main Stage for a few hours, catching Los Hermanos, Phil Hartnoll, Surgeon, Meat Katie, Plump DJs and Hybrid, before settling on Kevin Saunderson's 2 hour set. Finally it was over to Sancho Panza just after 2am to catch Fabric's Craig Richards. It was a trademark Fabric-style set from Richards and was the perfect way to end the Friday night for anyone in a hazy state of mind :). Top kudos to the crowd during Richards as well, who were both friendly and well up for the party.
A huge sacrifice we made was to miss Autechre in the Glade Main Stage, who were on at the same time as Richards. But our state of mind by that stage was more akin to a club-like DJ set and atmosphere rather than a live gig vibe.
It's fair to say that the Saturday afternoon was mostly a recovery period, with much of it again spent sitting outside at the Breaksday tent. But we psyched ourselves up in time for Radioactive Man at 7pm in Breaksday. Then at half past eight it was over to the Glade Main Stage to hear Spooky playing a live set. Much as I prefer DJ sets that contain mostly new music, sometimes it is great to hear tunes that you've known and loved for years being played back to back. And not even the fact that the tent was fairly quiet during Spooky deterred us from enjoying it, we just planted ourselves right down the front and went for it. Definitely our favourite set of the whole weekend.
For the rest of the night we stayed mainly at the Glade Main Stage to take in Vitalic, James Lavelle and Nick Warren, with Saturday's main sacrifice being Layo & Bushwacka! who were playing in Sancho Panza, but clashing with Lavelle and Warren.
Final act in the main stage were Juno Reactor playing a DJ set followed by live performance. Juno Reactor were one of my favourite acts back in the mid 1990s around the times of their glorious 'Transmissions' and 'Beyond the Infinite' albums. That was a time when I was starting to properly get into dance and electronic music and in particular the psy trance and Goa trance sound. Juno Reactor subsequently went off on a different direction and it's fair to say that I could never get into their later music in the same way I did the aforementioned albums. Still, it was interesting to experience them live after all those years, even though they didn't play too many of their older tracks. Certainly it was a very energetic stage performance by Juno Reactor, to say the least, and at times it seemed like there were 50 of them on the stage.
On the Sunday afternoon we spent some time relaxing at the ID Spiral and Breaksday tents before checking out veteran act Banco de Gaia, who were on at half past three on the Glade Main Stage. Banco de Gaia have always been (and still are) one of my favourite electronic artists, and it was a special treat for my brain to hear classic tunes such as 'Last Train To Lhasa' and 'Heliopolis' being played out live at a festival gig.
I next caught around half an hour of Future Funk Squad and Mojo in the Breaksday tent before I'm ashamed to say my body could take no more and I crashed out for a couple of hours. This was nearly a catastrophe as I awoke to hear that Coldcut had started back in the Glade Main Stage. I missed around half an hour of their set but thankfully managed to get there in time to hear mine, and indeed many peoples' favourite Coldcut song, 'Timber'. Coldcut played on until 8pm to close out the festival in style.
Before moving onto the photos, I'd like to mention the UFO that was hovering above the site on the Saturday afternoon. Yes it was clearly man-made and possibly an attempt at a hoax, but despite enquiring about it on the Glade chat forum I've yet to find someone who knows who was responsible. If anyone knows the culprit please drop me an email :)
All photos were taken on the afternoon of Friday 14th June.
Source: djpromoter - added 12 Aug 2006