From director Sofia Olins, Lost in Vagueness, tells the story of Roy Gurvitz, a traveller who befriended Glastonbury creator, Michael Eavis, whilst working on site in the 90s. Gurvitz, in the face of backlash by police and neighbours, established Lost Vagueness, a punk anti-festival that became the rebellious lifeblood of the festival in the early 2000s.

What began as a fake casino, set up to entertain the other Glastonbury workers, Lost Vagueness has gone on to leave its stamp on popular culture in the form of alternative cultural art forms such as Secret Cinema and Punchdrunk theatre productions, which provide immersive experiences where the audience is invited to participate in the wild world which it creates.

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Lost Vagueness was set up by Roy Gurvitz at Glastonbury. Photo: Dartmouth Films.

However, in the same way that Battle of Soho looked back at Soho with rose-tinted glasses, Lost in Vagueness feels as if its desperately clutching at youth. There’s something sad about former rebels and wild-childs reminiscing about their heyday, something bleak about sensing that the best years of your life are behind you.

It’s a similar vibe here. There are drag queens, anarchic performances, nudity, and vulgarity. In one performance, a nude woman eats dog food from a bowl before kissing a member of the front row. While it’s assumed the takeaway from all this is to revel in hedonism and punk delinquency, there’s no denying there’s an element of cringe-worthiness to be found here.

Founder of Glastonbury, Michael Eavis, said that Lost Vagueness reinvigorated the infamous festival. It’s somewhat of a shame then that this film doesn’t necessarily capture the sheer joy of the place, but instead makes you feel simply sad it’s all over.


Lost in Vagueness is being screened all over the UK in June. Find tickets here.