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Byline Festival

Starts: 24th Aug 2018

THINK. DEBATE. LAUGH. DANCE. AND CHANGE THE WORLD

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Start Date

24th Aug 2018

End Date

27th Aug 2018

Location

Pippingford Park, Ashdown Forest

Lineup

HUGH GRANT * JOHN CLEESE * BARONESS SAYEEDA WARSI * GARY LINEKER * CHRIS WYLIE * SHAHMIR SANNI* THE BLOW MONKEYS * LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL *

Details

Spend the weekend with John Cleese, June Sarpong, Hugh Grant, Bonnie Greer, Gary Lineker, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Joanna Scanlan, Andy Hamilton, Tom Watson MP, Baroness Warsi, Lord Adebowale, Kate Moss and more than 90 music acts, comedy, theatre, and circus….

Byline Festival returns for to Pippingford Park with its unique blend of talks, workshops and entertainment. Set in the halcyon Ashdown Forest, only one hour from central London, Byline will offer festivalgoers a unique opportunity to recapture the spirit of festivals when they had a sense of purpose. It is for everyone who doesn’t want to take Trump, fake news or alternative truth lying down.

Our three big talk tents will include leading journalists, politicians, experts and activists from around the world who will be tackling and hopefully helping to solve today’s big issues. Our Data Dome will host discussions on the weaponisation of big data, block chain, dark data and surveillance. The team behind crowd-sourcing the new Icelandic constitution will be asking you to help do the same for the UK.

The festival is hosting the London International Ska Festival and the New Orleans Flying Space Circus will create a spectacular opening event in the new Big Top Tent. The Blow Monkeys are headlining our music acts including The Vapors, The Priscillas, Hows Harry, The Courtesans, Power Dress, Dramarama, Amy Odell, Tom Hingley from Inspiral Carpets and Kat & co. Our Club Dome will feature the best DJs

As well as immersive theatres, live bands and stimulating discussion, there will also be opportunities to not just listen but do. Festivalgoers will be able to create documentaries, podcasts There will be on-site newsrooms, workshops on stand-up comedy, creative-writing, poetry, podcasts, e-books, how to riot and how to survive hostile territory, and theatre acts will enchant wanderers to the forest.

For those looking for something a little more relaxed, the peaceful Woodland Spa will provide a wide range of spa treatments including hot stone massages, reflexology and deep tissue massages led by a team of fully qualified local therapists. A wander through to The Gallery in the Trees you’ll be able to find the best in photo journalism from an acre of woodland.

It is also a family friendly event with lots of activities for both children and young adults, including a Kid’s club, teenage art, drama, writing and comedy workshops as well as a climbing wall and other fun activities.
By night, the tents will transform into the Red Carpet Lounge for music acts; the Comedy Lounge for biting satire; the Beatnik Lounge for poetry and spoken word; Campfire of the Vanities for all-night storytelling and strange tales and Cub Dome with a great line up of DJs.

London’s legendary media Frontline Club will recreate its famous bar on-site at Byline Festival, as well as our forest bars, alongside an array of independent food stalls

Disabled Facilities

Volunteer assistants, transport buggies for accessibility

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