HowTheLightGetsIn 2019


HowTheLightGetsIn 2019

HowTheLightGetsIn 2019 | Ideas, Comedy & Music Festival

It’s strange when a sentence doesn’t end how you flamingo.

So just imagine how mind-bending the talks at a philosophy festival are going to be.

Well, a philosophy, comedy, and music festival to be precise. It’s called HowTheLightGetsIn, and in lieu of spaces between their words, they’re setting up a space up on Hampstead Heath this month where they can look down on the rest of London (we hope only in the literal sense). And quite a big space it’s going to be, because it needs to have room for 8 stages with 70 debates & talks, 40 music & comedy acts, long table banquets, several pop up bars, street food, and more. Here’s how it all breaks down:


How the Light Gets In

Having established quite a reputation for themselves over the past few years (the festival was founded in 2010), they’ve managed to enlist a pretty impressive and eclectic lineup of minds to share their bountiful thoughts – this year, you’ll hear from musician Brian Eno; author Michael Morpurgo; co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, Roger Hallam; writer Minna Salami; Rebecca Roache, a senior lecturer in the philosophy of swearing; and dozens more.

You’ll get your chance to throw your hat into the ring too, with debates in which you’re more than welcome to participate on topics ranging from ‘Is Capitalism Broken?’ to ‘What’s Wrong With Us?’.


As we mentioned, jammed into this space there’ll be Long Table Banquets with four courses of antipasti, slow-cooked salt marsh lamb shank; English sweet pea dahl; prosecco & white chocolate cheesecake etc. And complimentary Champagne. Then there are the pop up bars, the street food, and the Inner Circle meals where guests will sit shoulder-to-shoulder with the various speakers to have a chat over some food.


The bands leading the charge will include Freya Ward, Nerina Pallot and DJ Don Letts, with more than a dozen more to back them up, including a cabaret tent and DJ sets on Saturday night. If you’re after something less high-octane, there’s a pop up picture house showing indie flicks and documentaries, and a comedy programme with the likes of Olga Koch, Sophie Duker and Pierre Novellie.

Who are all funny choices.


NOTE: HowTheLightGetsIn 2019 will take place on the 21st & 22nd September at Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath. You can find out more, and get tickets (from £52-114) on their website HERE.

Kenwood House | Hampstead Lane, Highgate, NW3 7JR

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HowTheLightGetsIn 2019

Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, Hampstead, NW3 7JR
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