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Philosophy meets music at HowTheLightGetsIn 2016

370 musical acts and 240 debates and talks will be on offer at the 'world's largest music and philosophy festival' in May and June

By IQ on 16 May 2016

HowTheLightGetsIn festival site, Hay-on-Wye

The HowTheLightGetsIn festival site in Hay-on-Wye, UK

HowTheLightGetsIn – probably the only festival in the world where you can see Ghostpoet, Fairport Convention, Sally Phillips (off of Bridget Jones’s Diary) and Michael Howard (off of the Conservative Party) on the same billing – has announced its full line-up for 2016.

Taking place in the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye and organised by nonprofit the Institute of Art and Ideas, this year’s ‘music and philosophy festival’ will explore the theme of ‘the known, the strange and the new’ through a line-up that includes 700 events across 10 stages.

While debates and talks have become an integral part of a number of other British festivals, including Latitude, Wilderness and Glastonbury (where the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, will appear in June), the focus at the aforementioned events is still squarely on the music, whereas HowTheLightGetsIn (HTLGI) 2016 presents a more even mix: 370 musical acts and 240 debates and talks, to be precise.

Speaker headliners are Nobel Prize-winning physicist and mathematician Frank Wilczek; philosophers Roger Scruton, John Searle and David Chalmers; Labour MP Jess Phillps; actress and comedienne Sally Phillips; physicist Lawrence Krauss; the former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone; journalist Owen Jones; the former leader of the Conservatives, Michael Howard; and American critical theorist Kimberlé Crenshaw.

Musical headliners, meanwhile, include 2015 Mercury Prize nominees C Duncan, Eska and Ghostpoet, electric folk pioneers Fairport Convention, singer-songwriters Gwenno, Gemma Hayes and Jane Weaver and DJs Gilles Peterson, Andrew Weatherall and Annie Nightingale.

Also on offer will be comedy, cabaret, circus performance, food stalls and a ‘market fayre’. HTLGI 2016 takes place from 26 May to 5 June.