When: 23rd – 24th September 2023
Where: Hampstead Heath, London
HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest music and philosophy festival, has announced its first wave of headline musicians ahead of its upcoming return to Hampstead Heath. The festival, takes place at Kenwood House on 23rd-24th September and sees Mercury Prize winners and indie rising-stars take the stage alongside comedic legends and pioneering philosophers for a truly unique cultural offering. 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.”
This year’s festival will be headlined by Mercury Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy, named by Q Magazine as one of the top 50 artists to ‘see before you die.’ The indie legend will be joined by queer glam rock band Walt Disco, whose edgy aesthetic and avant-pop sound saw them short listed for ‘2022 Scottish Album of the Year’ and Blair Dunlop whose unique folk talent, earnt him the prestigious BBC Radio2 Horizons award.
HowTheLightGetsIn is well known for shining a spotlight on local musical talent. Partnering for the first time ever with BBC Introducing London, alongside local music platform Woodburner, the festival will fill its stages with the city’s most promising up-and-comers. From jazzy neo-soul to emotive fairy-tale folk, HowTheLightGetsIn is set to feature a broad line up of vibrant emerging artists.
With a programme packed with cutting-edge talks and mind-opening debates, music isn’t all that HowTheLightGetsIn is famed for. Following the theme ‘Dangers, Desires, and Destiny,’ this year’s debates span topics from ‘The Dream of Democracy’ to ‘Housing and Hierarchy’. Headline speakers range from chart topping political commentators Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart, to leading ethical philosopher Peter Singer (via zoom), world famous physicist Michio Kaku, and infamous actress and author Ruby Wax. Tier Two tickets are currently on sale and students and under 25s get a 30% discount on tickets.
With over 120 events taking place across the festival, expect to discover hidden gems at every corner. From stimulating conversation in The Arena, to London’s best acoustic artists at the Stage and Fringe-favourite comedians in The Ring, HowTheLightGetsIn offers an eclectic line-up unmatched in the UK music festival scene.
Tier Two tickets are currently on sale and students and under 25s get a 30% discount on tickets.
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For details please visit https://howthelightgetsin.org/festivals/london.