NEWS: 'HowTheLightGetsIn' festival announces first wave of artists

NEWS: ‘HowTheLightGetsIn’ festival announces first wave of artists

This September, the world’s largest music and philosophy festival HowTheLightGetsIn returns to Hampstead Heath, for a magical weekend of reflection and partying with the world’s leading thinkers and performers, featuring an incredible line-up of music, comedy and cabaret.

Having hosted Mercury and Grammy Winners in the past, HowTheLightGetsIn has just announced its first wave of musical artists, including award-winning ethereal electro artist Gwenno, jazz singer Rosie Frater-Taylor, cabaret stars Bourgeois & Maurice, Amber Burgoyne,, Vanity Fairy, Lichen, Gigi Williams, Emily Parish, Katie Mac, Mali Hayes, Torture and The Desert Spiders, Me & Deboe and many more to come.

After delighting audiences in Hay-on-Wye for many years, HowTheLightGetsIn came to London in 2018, bringing wonder to the gardens of Kenwood House in Hampstead. They’re back at the Heath in 2022 on September 17th and 18th, ready to spark curiosity and joy.

The festival got its name from the Leonard Cohen lyric, “There is a crack in everything…that’s how the light gets in.” It is said that this festival “brings its own special form of magic to everyone. There is no other place on the planet where you can spend your days meeting the world’s leading thinkers….before partying and dancing late into the night.” It’s “Doing something really special off the beaten track of British Festivals” (Gigwise) and is well known for supporting a whole host of emerging artistic talent.

This year’s theme is ‘Error and Renaissance’ with the first batch of speakers including Australian moral philosopher Peter Singer, critically acclaimed author Esther Freud, Labour politician Thangam Debbonaire, cognitive psychologist Donald Hoffman, British novelist Alex Wheatle, revered journalist Amelia Gentleman, and leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh. So, it will be like a real life series of TED Talks.

With over 200 events taking place across the festival, attendees can expect hidden gems in every corner, whether recharging in the festival bookshop, sampling flavours from around the world in the Waterfront restaurant, having an intense discussion in The Arena, dancing in the disco tent, enjoying comedy, music or cabaret. This is bound to be a festival to remember. Singer, Badly Drawn Boy said, it’s “Brilliant…the setting and the atmosphere is perfect.”

Tickets for the full weekend are available now. Students and under 25s are eligible for a
25% discount.

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