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Festival Express

Theatrical Release Date:  01 Feb 2005
Home Ent. Release Date:  27 Feb 2005


Every home will have the opportunity to experience what may have been the last great rock ‘n’ roll ride when Festival Express arrives on DVD, complete with bonus tracks, interviews and behind the scenes footage. 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. These famous musicians indulged in various vices, joined in on heavily psychedelic conversations and jamming sessions that have to be seen – and heard – to be believed. Nicknamed “The Million Dollar Bash” by Rolling Stone magazine, Festival Express was the party to end all parties. Although its existence was rumoured, it wasn’t until 1994 that the film materials were actually unearthed, amazingly in pristine condition. Two-time Grammy award winning director Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology, Hendrix: Band of Gypsies) brings you the full backstage pass, providing a unique insight into the politics and counter-culture of the era. 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 and is here presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. The songs have been mixed by legendary rock music producer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepellin, Santana).

Directed By:

  • Bob Smeaton


  • Janis Joplin
  • The Grateful Dead
  • The Band

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