‘A world of unity, creativity and freedom’ is what our friends at Boomtown aspire to achieve from their make-believe city for four (or five days if you choose to come on Wednesday) at the beautiful Matterley Estate, in the South Downs National Park, Hampshire, UK. This year, their annual 66,000 capacity music, arts and theatrical festival, Chapter 11: A Radical City, will be held over 7th - 11th August 2019.
Starting in 2009, their mission has always been to celebrate a diverse line-up of underground and global music including reggae, world music, folk, jazz, ska, hip hop, drum and bass, techno, house, disco, jungle, psy trance (the list goes on…) along with a focus on boundary pushing immersive art, theatre and performance. All of which comes together as a living, breathing, fictitious city.
Shambala takes place across four days on the August Bank Holiday Weekend at a stunning secret location in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. The variety and quality of entertainment on offer is staggering for a festival of its size. With over 200 diverse musical acts across 12 live stages, world-class cabaret, an amazing array of workshops, stand-up comedy, inspirational talks and debates, jaw dropping circus and acrobatics, interactive theatre and nationally acclaimed poetry all housed in beautifully decorated venues.
Pioneering, intimate and truly innovative, Shambala Festival has perfectly blended creativity and participation for well over a decade. Shambala is a special place where you play, revitalise, make lots of new friends and return to the world fuelled-up on the beauty of being alive. As well as being known as a “legendary party”, it is also a haven for cutting edge theatrics and performance, a think-tank of ideas and an award winning green event.
Kickstarting summer, Shindig is the first and funkiest festival in the West Country. It offers a soulful dose of relaxation and revelry to funky warriors and their families.
May 23th - 26th 2019. Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Somerset.
Shindig Festival is a glorious mash up of a gig, a house party, a circus show, comedy night, a wellbeing retreat and a kid’s party. No main stages, just a beautiful arrangement of stretch marquees, so you can be in amongst it, or sitting on the grass supping something cold. And your kids can be learning to DJ – scratching, mixing, breakdancing and spraying paint, Each area has been carefully curated to pique its audience’s interest and make it impossible to move on.
Welcome to Wilderness Season Nine. Your heady dose of high art playtime with a side of low-down dirty dancefloor hijinks. Blazing in for a ninth season with a fresh and progressive multi-arts programme, rich with six vibrant new venues and electrifying new promoters – all with a good chance of streakers.
Bombay Bicycle Club float your boat on Friday, Robyn rings your bell on Saturday and Groove Armadaturn your pages on Sunday. Venture down to The Valley’s forest dance floor, and you’ll find dance titan Erol Alkan, Chicago queen of underground house Honey Dijon and bass-happy badass Eats Everything. This is the stuff of dreams.
This is just the start. Rise early for a wild run. Take a swim in The Lakes. Journey out into the forest to find the secret Woodland Theatre. Flex in mass morning yoga. Radicalize at a debate. Join a cricket match. Chance your arm at Axe Throwing. Wind through the nu-jazz haze with Steam Down or while away the hours at a Long Table Banquet before setting out across the lake on a boat at sunset.
After all, variety is the spice of life. And for four days from the 1st - 4th August 2019, no one belongs here more than you.
Let the wilderness in…
The UK's favourite family festival takes place from the 31st May - 2nd June 2019 within the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside, with over 100 acts performing across four stages, plus music, dance and arts workshops, a circus school and a programme of talks, debates and comedy for all ages.
With optional idyllic camping and something to satisfy all appetites, there’s no wonder Wychwood has been nominated as ‘Best Family Festival’ each year at the UK Festival awards.
Timber takes place at Feanedock, a 70 acre woodland site on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border and part of the forest in the making at the heart of the National Forest, near Ashby de la Zouch. Running from 5th - 7th July 2019 Timber is a joint venture between the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus, who have come together to create an international festival exploring the transformative impact of forests.
Celebrating fifty years since the Moon Landings this July with a four-day spectacular combining music, science, cosmic culture and more beneath the Lovell Telescope. The first wave of headliners – featuring Lovell Stage performances from Kraftwerk 3-D, New Order and Hot Chip, ground-breaking sets from the Grammy-nominated likes of Jon Hopkins and Tokimonsta, science and culture talks from Liz Bonnin, Helen Pankhurst, Jim Al-Khalili and Tom Shakespeare, and much more, includes the full moon landings celebration line up, still to be announced.
To inspire and entertain.
To explore the frontiers of human advancement.
To celebrate science and the exploration of the universe.
To explore collaborations in science, culture, art and technology.
To highlight the fragility of planet Earth.
WOMAD festivals are family-oriented, diverse and active musical events; sometimes offering as many as seven stages within the festival site. Since the first festival in the UK in 1982, WOMAD has held more than 160 festivals, creating events in twenty-seven countries and islands all over the world, including: Abu Dhabi, Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Sardinia, Sicily, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, UK, and the United States of America.
They have presented more than one thousand artists at their festivals, bringing the expression of more than 100 different countries to a live audience of over one million people.
Hay Festival brings readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events around the world. The festivals inspire, examine and entertain, inviting participants to imagine the world as it is and as it might be.
Nobel Prize-winners and novelists, scientists and politicians, historians and musicians talk with audiences in a dynamic exchange of ideas. Hay Festival’s global conversation shares the latest thinking in the arts and sciences with curious audiences live, in print and digitally. Hay Festival also runs wide programmes of education work supporting coming generations of writers and culturally hungry audiences of all ages.
Best Family Festival 2018 - UK Festival Awards
Best Major Festival 2017 - UK Festival Awards
Latitude Festival returns to Henham Park, Suffolk in 2019, the pioneering, award-winning festival bursts with the very best from Music and the Arts; wander from Film to Music, Comedy to Literature and Theatre to Poetry in the stunning setting of Henham Park in the Suffolk countryside.
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