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HowTheLightGetsIn Festival 2018

Start Date: 25th May 2018

The world's largest philosophy and music festival returns to the idyllic town of Hay-On-Wye in May 2018...


Festival Name

HowTheLightGetsIn Festival 2018

Start Date

25th May 2018

End Date

28th May 2018



Line Up

Speakers will include Lawrence Krauss, Noam Chomsky, David Nutt, Diane Abbott, Rowan Williams, Sophie Fiennes, Polly Toynbee, Gideon Rachman and more.


HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest philosophy and music festival, is back in 2018!

A unique festival of ideas and music, HowTheLightGetsIn is the only place on the planet where you can mingle with Nobel Prize winners and dance to the sounds of Mercury Prize nominees. Last year, with a footfall of 35,000, they welcomed guests to the idyllic town of Hay-On-Wye for a magical festival of talks, debates and live music, poetry, comedy and art.

Speakers will include best-selling physicist Lawrence Krauss, political theorist Noam Chomsky, psychiatrist and former Government Drugs Adviser David Nutt, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, director of Zizek’s A Pervert’s Guide to Ideology Sophie Fiennes and journalists Polly Toynbee, Gideon Rachman and Matthew d’Ancona. Meanwhile on the music front they've been joined by headliners like Gilles Peterson, Fairport Convention, King Charles and Mercury Prize nominees Ghostpoet, Laura Marling and ESKA. This year's music line-up coming soon.

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