Lickety-split, it’s festival time again (okay, we acknowledge that this is a very loosely defined time spanning probably half the year from Splendour to Falls). Whether you’re a casual festival-goer or a hardcore punter travelling around Australia in a bid to attend every single one, this new documentary appropriately titled Festival might be worth your time. What it lacks for originality in title, it makes up for in content, following seven different people as they make their (sweaty, dirty, filthy, grimy, gritty) way through a three-day festival.
“This isn’t a concert film,” explains director and executive producer Michael Raspatello. “It’s not a behind-the-scenes look at any one festival. It neither vilifies nor glorifies the festival industry. This is a collection of stories from real individuals, a snapshot of what happens from 10000 people descend on a festival weekend.”
But apart from telling the stories of these seven festival-goers, the film also promises never-before-seen footage of artists such as Haim and Duke Dumont and Benny Benassi, as well as archival footage of the first ever Lollapalooza.
As if that isn’t enough to convince you, check out the trailer below and gee up for the abundance of festivals ready to hit Australia, including Meredith, Fairground, Falls, This That, and OutsideIn, or check out our recap of Splendour (In the Mud).