From deep-rooted folk traditions to youth culture happenings: a celebration of the music and arts festivals of summers past.
From the early years of cultural behemoths like Glastonbury to intimate village affairs, summer memories are made of this. Featuring music performances running the gamut of folk to pop to rave, and with a special focus on the 1960s and 1970s, these documentaries and home movies remind us of the simple pleasures of letting our hair down. Travelling from genteel Aldeburgh to raucous Bardney, Brighton and Bickershaw, with stop-offs at Knebworth, Laugharne and Sidmouth, there’s a gathering to suit every taste. And if you get FOMO just remember - there’s always next year.
News19765 mins Location: Knebworth Ho
Free food' and 'free religion' is the mantra of some festival goers ahead of the Rolling Stones' appearance at Knebworth. And for the local publican, it's big business!
Amateur film19762 minsSilent Location: Notting Hill
Music, dancing and community characterise this short film from Notting Hill Carnival, 1976.
Short documentary196313 mins Location: Aldeburgh
By 1963, Suffolk's Aldeburgh Festival was very much on the world music map but the annual invasion of 'foreigners' didn't go down well with all the locals.
Partying like it's 1997. We follow a rave DJ instigator rigging up decks in abandoned warehouses, a nosebleed 'techno tourist' who chases the hardcore around Europe and a girl addicted to... partying.
News19715 mins Location: Glastonbury
Glastonbury ley lines for iconic pyramid stage to heighten a festival-goer’s experience
News19804 minsSilent Location: Glastonbury
David Young visits Glastonbury famous for its festival and its legends of King Arthur, the Holy Grail and Joseph of Arimathea
Amateur film196310 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A delirious 60s jazz dance night at a legendary Newcastle nightspot, the Majestic Ballroom, scene of the Beatles first gig in the city.
News19702 minsSilent Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
News19644 mins Location: Exeter
Art for Art! Fundraising at Exeter University in the form of an Arts Festival has raised money in the hopes of buying a new theatre
Amateur film196516 minsSilent Location: Billingham
Reels, polkas, sword and Cossack folk dancers from around the world perform in colourful national costumes at the first Billingham Folklore Festival.
Amateur film19718 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
An upbeat parade of funky trade floats hits the street to launch the Newcastle Festival in 1971.
Non-Fiction196921 minsSilent Location: Camden Town
Join distracted onlookers at a protest “be-in” at Camden’s Roundhouse –alongside portraits of Lenin and a giant inflatable phallus.
Non-Fiction19694 minsSilent Location: Scunthorpe
It’s the year of famous music festivals, and Scunthorpe has a rare opportunity to see some colourful national dress, dancing and folk music.
Amateur film19746 minsSilent Location: Barsham Hill
In the 70s, Barsham Faire on August Bank Holiday became a tradition for many to celebrate things 'medieval' and raise funds for local arts events. It put Barsham on the map.
News196212 mins Location: Taunton
Notable interviews are with some of the greatest jazz talent as music lovers gather to celebrate jazz, trad and free.
Documentary198118 mins Location: Notting Hill
West London echoes to the sound of reggae and steel pans in this kaleidoscopic record of the 1980 Notting Hill Carnival.
Amateur film195814 minsSilent Location: Brockham
The 15th century returns to Brockham Green as the village comes over all medieval and Chaucerian.
News19806 mins Location: Leeds
In this celebratory short film, Leeds is transformed with colour and spectacle during the annual West Indian Carnival.
Home movie195215 minsSilent Location: Laugharne/Talacharn
Frocks and flowers fill the streets as the women and girls of Laugharne make their way to St Martin’s Church for the flower festival service.
Home movie19799 minsSilent Location: Rocester
The Rocester Toppers and the Wakebourne Band ("...19 drums - one fiddle...") keep the carnival era alive in 1979.