tasha lodge | 20.06.2003 21:08
reports will find their way to indy uk as things start tonight and over the weekend...
(btw the folks who were nicked with their sound system for the hereford may day bank holiday free teknival festie have got their system back (plus the 20 odd packets of hula hoops) and are not being charged! :)
STONEHENGE ACOUSTIC FREE FESTIVAL June 21st - 22nd
Celebrate the Solstice and protest at English Heritage's decision to open Stonehenge on the wrong day! On Saturday 21st. June the temporary free Solstice car park at Stonehenge will be open from 00.01 hrs. to 14.00 hrs. (last admittance 11.00 hrs.)
Free access to The Stones (subject to security searches) will only be permitted from 02.00hrs. to 12.00 hrs. Unfortunately the Solstice is at 20.10 hrs. on Saturday and the Solstice dawn occurs on Sunday June the 22nd.
Campaigners intend to protest at the decision to deny access with music fun and agit prop Morris dancing. They are demanding full restoration of their traditional rights of free access to Stonehenge and provision of land for camping while attending the Midsummer Solstice Celebration from the 21st to 23rd June 2003.
Seize The Day, Headmix, Celtica, Tarantism, Judge Trev, 2000DS and Nik Turner (of Hawkwind), Threefortenpound, RinkyDink + other cycle sound-systems + more coming!
Bands, entertainers, circus and anyone who can help, login here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stonehengeentertainmentsdiscussion/
More on solstice:
Recent post about anti-bypass campaign at stonehenge
Info from ace photographer Tash Lodge on the scene:
Below is a set of links, that I hope explain the situation, the story so far.
On the website http://tash.gn.apc.org - With the 'files' section of the group, [links on the left], you can see a film called 'Operation Solstice' it is divided into three, for ease of playing with folks with slower connections. There are also, several shed-loads of photo in the photos section, that I hope you will take a peek at. Oh, and the link are quite extensive there also.
On my own website, I have been trying to tell a tale about this event, and the tribes that have found this place important, and the many other events that have sprung up, and been ripped down by the authorities, and that have been influenced by our gathering here.
Solstice Ritual: http://tash.gn.apc.org/solst_0.htm
The Story so far: http://tash.gn.apc.org/history.htm
Legal assortment: http://tash.gn.apc.org/legal_assortment.htm
surv - start: http://tash.gn.apc.org/surv_10.htm
surv - watched: http://tash.gn.apc.org/watched1.htm
Land & Protest: http://tash.gn.apc.org/eco1.htm
Traveller Help Contacts http://tash.gn.apc.org/trav_help.htm
Bust Advice http://tash.gn.apc.org/bust.htm
Release Bust Card http://www.release.org.uk/bust.html
Pictures and text, will be available during, and immediately after events, on Indymedia UK at;
And have just done a couple of test posts to Guilfin using a Phone cam mobile phone, the rest of the work as I and other contribute, will be seen at:
For those into modern communications I have also maintain a WAP site, available at http://wappy.to/tash
and a specific bust section, in case of need, can be accessed from
http://wappy.to/bust while 'out in the field'. [so there really is no excuse, that you have had to 'roach' your Release Bust Card anymore]. Not trying to scare folks, but have always nthought a little preparation is useful in situations of risk.
Happy solstice all.
Hope we have a good one, well, what we can fit into such a ridiculously short time, under someone else's rules, anyway :)
Stonehenge 2003 CONDITIONS OF ENTRY AND INFORMATION English Heritage
UNAUTHORISED CAMPING IN WILTSHIRE
Stonehenge campaign site
More rumours of alternative glastonbury free festie
FREE PARTIES IN THE NEWS>>>> top quotes!
He said: "I would very much have liked to put a small snatch force in but I don't think it would have been successful."
What didn't help was the police followed eight of us back to my house and sat outside for at least two hours in riot gear which was a bit provocative."
One of the district's top policemen will be grilled by the public over the force's handling of an illegal rave which sparked outrage from residents.
“We can also assume we are now in rave season and can reasonably expect these events to continue.
If the numbers exceed 100 and certain of the requirements of the act are in place, then we can do something. The law does not say that we have to. We have to make a judgement call every time."
he was unhappy with his response from the police as to why officers failed to halt the rave and seize the amplifiers.
Police have confirmed that a deal was struck with the revellers, so the second night was quieter than the first.
Police are watching large areas of land in Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset but would only be able to throw a cordon around the event, he said.
police were unable to find the source.
Nothing should be done - it's harmless
Power to the people!