Court battles and cash hassles: Woodstock 50 loses its stardust

Organisers are still upbeat but the future of festival to mark events anniversary is increasingly uncertain It was billed as the pulled the plug on $30m of backing in April. A series of subsequent court orders first found that Dentsu Aegis did not have the right to cancel the event, and subsequently that festival organisers could not stop their former financial backer from being involved in the planning the event. If nothing else, the legal dramas played out in court are in the spirit of Woodstocks previous incarnations in 1969, 1994 and 1999, marked respectively by love, mud and violence. But Marc Kasowitz, lawyer for Woodstock 50s organiser Michael Lang, Poughkeepsie Journal last week: Woodstock will prevail. Theres little certainty …

From Billie Ellish to Hall & Oates: the best US summer festival lineups

Across America, this summer will bring with it a variety of genre-spanning live music events, featuring a range of diverse artists While US festivals have lately been earning less than rave reviews with the ongoing fallout of Fyre festival, Mays logistical collapse of North Carolinas alt-rock Epicenter festival and the heady visions of this Augusts Woodstock 50 being mired by lawsuits it remains true that summer festival season is the best time of year for music lovers across the country. The national scenes major players Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Summerfest and more are all offering reliably stacked lineups, while upstarts like Genius Loci are drawing more intimate crowds to new experiences and fresh destinations. For our wristband and …

Cannes 2019 week one roundup: zombies, babies and a sleeping Bill Murray

Jim Jarmusch embraces the undead and Ken Loach continues his career resurrection Its the opening day of the 72nd Cannes film festival and all is calm on the promenade. The sky is a warm blue, the sea is smooth as glass and the old men play boules on the patch of sand by the bandstand. The place is quiet, too quiet; it puts the senses on edge. This event, after all, thrives on incident and uproar. It needs to rip back the curtain and snap our eyes open. It needs a film to knock the world off its axis and shake the dead from their graves. After a fashion, thats what its about to receive. This whole things going to …

Writers on their worst festival moments

From stolen contact lenses to Friendly Fires-related injuries, its not always a camp classic In the morning my contact lenses had been stolen. I would be blind for two days I have never fought harder with my parents than I did the summer I was 14. My need to go to Glastonbury felt physical, something heavy I wore roughly, and I have had worse festival experiences than the time they eventually let me, but this was the first. The first worst. I was at that oily, ungrown age when my obsession with music intersected uncomfortably with an interest in love, so my friends and I were confused about whether we wanted Glastonbury. It started raining as we set off, and …

The Coachella experience: California heat and millennial cool

Childish Gambino leads the global pop survey for the lucky and wealthy patrons at the USs premier music festival At Glastonbury, you pray for the ground to dry out; at The 1975 perform with a glowing rectangle behind them a totemic image for this portrait-format generation and is gently, fondly satiric: frontman Matt Healy is clearly as beholden to ego as much as anyone here. Earlier on the main stage, Kacey Musgraves has a slot at golden hour, reflecting the title of her Janelle Mone later on, who proudly announces her queerness and tells us not to give a fuck about pissing off this administration. With the occasional gaps in her songwriting papered over with majestically heavy arrangements and Janet …

The shock of the nude: Brazil’s stark new form of political protest

In a defiant riposte to president Bolsonaro and intolerance, performers at So Paulos international theatre festival are reclaiming the rights to be seen and to be different If ever there were a city where disrupting traffic felt like a political act, it would be So Paulo. Its 15 million inhabitants routinely take an hour to drive across town and can per year just getting to and from work. So when the dancers of Banksys kissing coppers) as hooting taxis squeeze past. We love the fight between the public and the traffic, performer Carlos Canhameiro tells me later, remarkably uninjured. The street belongs to you. The street belongs to you (See[]Have) Adrift. Photograph: Guto Muniz If there are politics even in …