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Fri 22 May 2020

HowTheLightGetsIn Festival Hay 2020

The world's largest philosophy and music festival, HowTheLightGetsIn, returns to a gorgeous spot by the River Wye for its 11th annual instalment, featuring over 100 debates and talks and 200 music and performance events plus comedy, cabaret, documentary screenings, a dedicated children's programme, and much more.  

On the edge of the Black Mountains, nestled in Hay-on-Wye near the Welsh border, you'll find the world's leading thinkers across philosophy, art, politics and science debating the most fascinating and urgent topics of our time. Taking a cue from the festival’s official theme, Uncharted Territory, we’ll be asking big questions about everything from the ethics of lab-grown babies and the renaissance of political populism to colonial guilt and the theory of supersymmetry 

Speakers announced thus far include Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, award-winning columnist Polly Toynbee, philosopher of ethics Simon Blackburn, leading Brexiteer Penny Mordaunt, artistic director of the Young Vic, Kwame Kwei-Armah, and Momentum founder Jon Lansman 

Confirmed music acts include legendary composer Nitin Sawhney, soulful singer and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnsonelectroswing outfit The Correspondents, and a DJ set courtesy beloved Scottish indie poppers Belle and Sebastian. 

HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2020 is fun for all the family, with a dedicated Children and Young Adults’ Programme including a specially curated programme of talks for younger minds, interactive workshops, games and fairground rides, the IAI Academy, and the IAI School specially geared towards sixth form students looking to hone their university applications. 

There are many more announcements still to come. Book tickets now for an unforgettable experience! 


Community event 9.00am
Fri 22 May 2020

Festival Party #1

During this year's festival period in May we will be bringing you FREE ENTRY gigs every night of the festival weekend 22nd - 25th May.

Festival Party #1 brings you:

Jakey Boy Hughes band from 9pm - 10pm

Showcasing his new EP ‘PARASOL’, Hay-on-Wye’s Jakey Boy Hughes and his band return to globe performing meticulously crafted songs that move between genres and structures, yet always remain melodic and meaningful. His entrancing beatles-eque vocals are repeatedly played on BBC Wales and BBC Introducing.

‘acoustic chanson of Jacques Brel’ – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

Tailored Sound 10pm - 11pm

Through a unique combination of classical training blended with a strong passion for sound system culture, talented improv saxophonist ‘Tailored Sound’ frequently delivers an exciting addition to a multitude of established artists’ sets and recordings.
Based in Bristol, Tailored Sound has quickly managed to build a name for himself and become rooted as one of the go-to artists to be called upon in order to add a distinctive twist to performances in the UK Dub Scene. Working alongside artists and collectives including Gardna, Dub Smugglers, Sepia, Sinai, Deep Medi and Boom Sound, as well as gracing stages at Outlook, Boomtown, Teachings in Dub and many more, it is to no surprise that he has caught the attention of some of the biggest names in the scene and his release schedule is filling up fast.

Doors open 8pm - FREE ENTRY


Community event 8.00pm
Festival Party 1 1