We are pleased to announce that the fifth Terrastock festival of arts and music takes place this year over the weekend of October 11-13, 2002 at Axis, 13 Lansdowne Street in Boston's Kenmore Square (directly across the street from historic Fenway Park). Music begins each day at NOON.

Terrastock 5 aims to build on the continuing tradition and success of the previous Terrastock events, held in Providence, Rhode Island ('97), San Francisco, California ('98), London, England ('99), and Seattle, Washington ('00). This upcoming three-day festival of sound and vision has been conceived in a similar spirit of "peace, love and co-operation" in order to celebrate the music championed by the long-running magazine The Ptolemaic Terrascope.

Terrastock 5 is not an indie-rock A&R feeding frenzy. Bands and artists will be there solely at the personal invitation of the organizers. The one thing they all have in common is the fact that each has at some time been adulated in the Terrascope. It's simply about the music and that indefinable "spirit of Terrastock". If you were fortunate enough to be at any of the previous Terrastock festivals, you'll already know what we mean. If you're intrigued enough to check out what all the fuss has been about in previous years, then now's your chance: don't hesitate, because tickets to this unique event are promising to sell out VERY quickly indeed.

Three-day tickets are US$70, individual day tickets are US$35, and are on sale at the following outlets:

Music Today



This is a 18+ show; please be prepared with proper photo ID. Axis will accept a driver's license or passport; no school ID's, please!

As always, for this entirely self-financing event there is a policy of absolutely NO GUEST LIST, NO EXCEPTIONS in force.

Music begins each day at NOON. A list of artists scheduled to appear is below. Bear in mind that this is by no means a complete and final roster and is SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION. As always, we also have several additional guest artists and special surprises in store, and there will be visual treats provided by Boston's talented VideoSpace collective; we'll please your eyes as well as your ears!

LABELS, ZINES ETC: There are unrivalled opportunities to ADVERTISE in the Festival Programme, which will be given away free (assuming we can cover costs through adverts such as yours!) to all Terrastock attendees. There will also be SALES TABLES available throughout Terrastock; in both cases contact Tom Guttadauro for specifications and costs.

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BAND SCHEDULE (subject to change!)

12:00 - 12:30 1 nonloc (RI)
12:35 - 1:20 2 Pat Orchard (UK)
1:25 - 2:10 1 ST37 (TX)
2:15 - 3:00 2 Stone Breath (MD)
3:05 - 3:50 2 The Iditarod (RI)
3:55 - 4:40 1 Hopewell (NY)
4:40 - 5:40   BREAK
5:40 - 6:25 1 The Essex Green (NY)
6:30 - 7:15 2 Charalambides (TX)
7:20 - 8:05 1 Major Stars (MA)
8:10 - 8:55 2 Windy & Carl (MI)
9:00 - 9:45 1 Ghost (Japan)
12:00 - 12:30 2 Ethereal Counterbalance (UK)
12:35 - 1:20 1 Greg Weeks (NY)
1:25 - 2:10 2 The Lucky Bishops (UK)
2:15 - 3:00 1 Paik (MI)
3:05 - 3:50 2 6 Organs of Admittance (CA)
3:55 - 4:40 1 Dipsomaniacs (Norway)
4:40 - 5:40   BREAK
5:40 - 6:25 2 Landing (CT)
6:30 - 7:15 1 Motorpsycho (Norway)
7:20 - 8:05 2 Surface of Eceon (CT)
8:10 - 8:55 1 Damon & Naomi (MA)
9:00 - 9:45 1 Tom Rapp (FL)
12:00 - 12:45 1 The Hushdrops (IL)
12:50 - 1:35 2 The Alchemysts (UK)
1:40 - 2:25 1 Lilys (PA)
2:30 - 3:15 2 Barbara Manning & the Go-Luckys! (CA)
3:20 - 4:05 1 The Sunshine Fix (GA)
4:10 - 4:55 2 Lothars (MA)
5:00 - 5:45 1 Sonic Youth (NY)
5:45 - 6:45   BREAK
6:45 - 7:30 2 Delicate AWOL (UK)
7:35 - 8:20 1 The Bevis Frond (UK)
8:25 - 9:10 2 Lockgroove (MA)
9:15 - 10:00 1 Bardo Pond (PA)
10:05 - 10:50 2 Kinski (WA)
10:55 - 11:40 1 The Spacious Mind (Sweden)
11:45 - 12:30 2 Subarachnoid Space (CA)
12:45 - 1:30 1 Acid Mothers Temple (Japan)


Time-Lag Records will be releasing a very special five 7inch set in conjunction with TERRASTOCK 5. The set will feature one full 7" each by : THE IDITAROD, STONE BREATH, CHARALAMBIDES, BARDO POND, and SONIC YOUTH. Each 7" will come in its own letterpressed uni-pak style gatefold sleeve. For those who buy the full set, there's a die-cut wrap-around box to hold them all. All exclusive tracks (and really good ones!). A numbered edition of only 500. These will be first available at T5, and are expected to go quite fast.


The discounted group rate at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge has sold out. If you're still interested in trying to book a room there at our rate of $129/night, email Aamir . There's a small chance that a room will open up.

Other hotels in the area include

  • The Howard Johnson's Fenway Park (about $140/night),
  • The Hotel Buckminster (about $170/night), and
  • The University Park @ MIT (about $180/night).

For those on a budget, the Boston Hostel, part of American Youth Hostels, is VERY close to Axis, and charges $35/night.

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!


Read about Terrastock 5 in the Boston Phoenix:

Future Events

Terrastock: State of the Art


General Inquiries:

Festival Organizer & Artist Liaison:


Travel and Accommodation:

Festival Promoter:

Phil McMullen,
Festival Angel & Resident Curmudgeon:

Bob Rudell

JULY 26, 2002 UPDATE: We regret to announce that, due to an unforseen and unavoidable conflict, THE ELECTRIC PRUNES will not appear at Terrastock 5. The band expressed their deep regret at making this decision, and we understand. We will be putting someone special in the Prunes' place, so keep the excitement up!

All other systems are go, and we're still looking forward to seeing you in October.

AUGUST 21, 2002 UPDATE: Terrastock 5 is doing far beyond our expectations! We're pleased beyond measure and extremely excited to watch the weekend unfold. There are a few big announcements we need to tell you about, though!


The Middle East is loved by many for its unique atmosphere, and has earned its special reputation with good reason. Sadly, technical and logistical issues have appeared recently that would limit everyone's enjoyment, and we want the festival to be comfortable for the bands and fans. As a result, we made the decision to move the festival.

Our new home is Axis, located at 13 Lansdowne Street in Boston's Kenmore Square (directly across the street from historic Fenway Park). If you are coming by car, there are parking lots on and near Lansdowne Street, as well as metered street parking all around the Kenmore Square area. Axis is also very close to major bus routes (#57, #64, and others), subway ("Kenmore" stop on the Green Line), and commuter tail ("Fenway").


Axis, like the Middle East, has its stages on two different floors with a short staircase to connect them. There are five minutes of "travel time" between each set, but if you have any specific needs (i.e. wheelchairs, etc), please contact us beforehand!


There will be a semi-official "welcome party" on Thursday October 10 at the Linwood Grille , 69 Kilmarnock Street in Boston (across from the other side of Fenway Park). Have a beer, chat a bit, and listen to the sounds of Giants Dance (ex-members of Abunai!), Pat Orchard, Awakening Stick, The Squall (ex-members of Abunai! and Bright), and Cul de Sac. This is open to the public and costs only $6.

We hope you like the new home. See you all soon!

OCTOBER 2, 2002 UPDATE: Hey folks. As of this writing, Terrastock 5 is less than 9 days away! We hope you're as excited as we are. Here are a few quick announcements/updates:

  • Less than 50 weekend passes are still available at $70. Not enough energy for three days of peace, love and co-operation? We're now selling single day tickets for $35/day.
  • Tickets are still available from the sources above
  • The semi-official "welcome party" will now be taking place on Thursday October 10 at the Linwood Grille, 69 Kilmarnock Street in Boston (across from the other side of Fenway Park). Have a beer, chat a bit, and listen to the sounds of Giants Dance (ex-member of Abunai!), Pat Orchard, Awakening Stick, The Squall (ex-members of Abunai! and Bright), and Cul de Sac. As before, this is open to the public and costs only $6. Tickets will be available at the door.

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