Festival Express - Trailer and press release

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FESTIVAL EXPRESS DEPARTS AUGUST
THE LAST GREAT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RIDE

Bob Smeaton, winner of two Grammy Awards for “The Beatles Anthology” and “Hendrix: Band of Gypsies” directs Festival Express, the full “backstage pass”, which provides today’s audiences with a unique insight into what may have just been the last great rock ‘n’ roll ride. Festival Express will open in the UK on 3rd August.

Although its existence was rumoured, it wasn’t until 1994 that the film materials were actually unearthed, amazingly in pristine condition. The live performances were captured professionally with a multi-camera crew, and the lead cinematographer was Academy Award winner Peter Biziou (Mississippi Burning, The Truman Show) The sound quality is just as impressive, having been recorded by Hanley Sound, the mobile unit responsible for Woodstock. The songs have been mixed by legendary rock music producer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepellin, Santana).

In 1970, a train journeyed across Canada carrying some of the greatest rock bands of the time. Janis Joplin, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Delaney and Bonnie, Buddy Guy, Ian and Sylvia and others lived (and partied) together for five days, giving free concerts when and where they stopped. The train was called the Festival Express.

Festival Express might just have been the greatest and certainly the longest, non-stop rock ‘n’ roll party ever. Nicknamed “The Million Dollar Bash” by Rolling Stone magazine, Festival Express was the party to end all parties. The five day train provided a unique vehicle for artists as disparate as Rick Dando of The Band, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Delaney and Bonnie, and Buddy Guy to relax with one another in a setting unlikely ever to be repeated. Wholly unsupervised, these famous musicians indulged in copious amounts of drugs and alcohol consumption, musical jamming that has to be seen to be believed, and heavily psychedelic conversation.

Like Woodstock, however, Festival Express was caught up in the counter-culture of the day. The opening two days in Toronto set the tone for much of the craziness that would follow and scenes of the resulting chaos at the Toronto concert open a window on the politics of the era.

Festival Express - Trailer and press release
Festival Express - Trailer and press release
Festival Express - Trailer and press release
Festival Express - Trailer and press release
Festival Express - Trailer and press release

In 1976, The Grateful Dead wrote a song called “Might as Well” about their journey aboard the Festival Express, a few years earlier. Thirty years after the Festival Express, Ken Walker, one of the organises takes pride in his accomplishment, “I think I really accomplished something with that considering my age at the time. I was 22. I remember it fondly. I remember a lot of the people fondly. I made some pretty good friends”.

Brand New UK Trailer
Never before seen footage
Incredible performances from the most influential rock and blues musicians ever.

Release date: September 3rd
Running time: 91 minutes
Certificate: TBC

http://www.festivalexpress.com

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