The theme of this year's festival is Uncharted Territory. Through 200 events – including over 80 talks and debates – the speakers explore how to navigate the uncharted territories we face, from climate change to political populism. Hear from Nobel Prize winners, politicians, comedians and musicians as they spark philosophical fireworks and forge new paths ahead.
This year’s line-up of talks is one of the most diverse yet, spanning theatre, environmental activism and even cosmology. Festival goers have the chance to hear from prominent voices including Extinction Rebellion co-founder Roger Hallam, broadcaster and journalist Myriam Francois, artistic director of the Young Vic Kwame Kwei-Armah, and former Lib Dem leader Vince Cable. Highlights among the festival’s literary roster include award-winning author Lucy Hawking and poet Paul Muldoon, both of whom are delivering talks. Meanwhile, those who look to the sky for answers should make time to hear from cosmologist Laura Mersini-Houghton.
The major debates you’ll want to muscle in on include: Tomorrow’s World, a discussion on the pros and cons of our increasingly technology-led lives; The Limits of the Material, a trippy delve into whether the world is a product of our minds or vice versa; and A Matter of Facts, a deep-dive into the post-truth phenomenon, which questions: can we ever return to factual certainty?
Music might take a backseat to philosophical ponderings and fierce debate at HowTheLightGetsIn, but with over 100 musicians performing, it’s a close call. Linton Kwesi-Johnson, the poet and social activist who founded the term Dub-Poetry, will be performing his unique mix of storytelling
and spoken word. The festival also welcomes musician, composer and winner of the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award Nitin Sawhney, who has collaborated with Paul McCartney and Nelson Mandela in the past, and scored music for a range of TV shows and movies, from Human Planet to Mowgli. Sawhney is performing his signature genre-defying compositions, which span Asian to electronica.
Meanwhile, here to prove that classical music and alternative R&B could, and should, coexist, is soulful singer and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson. Boasting Gilles Peterson as her ‘biggest fan’, Witter-Johnson is making her HowTheLightGetsIn debut following impressive performances at the MOBO awards and at the Royal Albert Hall.
HowTheLightGetsIn is still a festival in the conventional sense, offering a lauded lineup of DJs to entertain crowds after dark. Richard Colburn and Chris Geddes, members of Scottish indie-pop group Belle and Sebastian, are bringing their unusual blend of lounge, indie, psych and exotica to the decks for what promises to be a ‘seminal night’ for ‘proper music lovers’.
And, returning to the festival this year to get everybody grooving is electro swing duo The Correspondents. Expect plenty of flamboyance, killer visuals and serious party vibes.
The full line-up is yet to be announced, but promises more talks, music and late night entertainment. As for food and drink, the choice is vast: eat the cuisines of far-flung pockets of the world, courtesy of the numerous pop-up food trucks, or up the ante at one of the yet-to-be-announced banqueting experiences, bookable in advance and ideal for those craving more sit-down fare.
Ready to let the light in? Follow the link below to secure your tickets now.
|What||HowTheLightGetsIn festival, Hay 2020|
|Where||Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, HR3 5BG | MAP|
22 May 20 – 25 May 20, All day event
|Price||£276 per pair of tickets|
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|