HowTheLightGetsIn Online Festival 2020

This event will be streamed online

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The world's largest philosophy and music festival, HowTheLightGetsIn, has gone digital. Our Online Festival will have more than 100 events - all live-streamed, on 7 stages, with a line up of the world's top thinkers, and the hottest bands and comedy acts. You'll also have the chance to meet with other festivalgoers, make friends, talk over the events you've seen, bump into our speakers and artists and listen to some great music together. We want as far as possible to recreate the real festival experience and extend it into something you've never seen before!

Speakers announced thus far include Daniel Kahneman, Paul Krugman, Patricia Churchland, Steven Pinker, Jess Phillips, Will Self, Sally Phillips, Shami Chakrabarti, and many more. We've also got a string of exciting musicians to announce.

Check out howthelightgetsin.org/hay/programme for the full programme of talks and entertainment.

Please note: All live stream events are subject to change. Not all events listed are live performances by the artist - they also include archived concerts, DJ sets, masterclasses, Q&As and more.


Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman is an Israeli-American psychologist and winner of the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. He is notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, behavioural economics and hedonic psychology.

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Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker is an award-winning cognitive scientist, public intellectual and Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He’s also the lauded author of bestselling books The Language Instinct, Words and Rules, The Better Angels of Our Nature and The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature.

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Will Self

Will Self appearing at this event

A writer whose books include 'Feeing Frenzy' and 'How The Dead Live'. Regular team captain on BBC's 'Shooting Stars' and occasional panel guest on topical discussions shows.

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Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti appearing at this event

Shami Chakrabarti CBE is director of Liberty and 'the most effective public affairs lobbyist of the last 20 years' (The Times).

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Mr Tea and the Minions

Mr Tea and the Minions appearing at this event

United by a love of tea, energetic dancing, cheeky riffs, silly hats, and cake, Mr Tea and the Minions have been unleashing their colourful explosion of musical mayhem on unsuspecting audiences since 2013. Their raucous Ska Folk blended with full-fat Balkan beats and a squeeze of tangy Dub has made them party-starting festival favourites – and has inspired frenzied dancing all over the UK (and on a number of forays into continental Europe), with almost 100 festival appearances including Glastonbury, Boomtown, WOMAD, Secret Garden Party, Shambala, Belladrum, Wilderness, Nozstock, and Goulash Disko, to name just a few. Their highly anticipated new album ‘Mutiny’ is set for release in October 4th 2019 and it’s sure to catapult the band to new heights with it’s mix of high energy, melodic and exciting original songs that the band are extremely excited about unleashing on the world!

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Melt Yourself Down

Melt Yourself Down appearing at this event

Pete Wareham's (Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear) new project. Intense, sweaty funk, uplifting horns and blistering Nubian drums, this is a tightly drilled unit. Six musical heavyweights with more energy than the sun. Ancient and modern, and dirtier than you want to know. Melt Yourself Down is the sound of Cairo ‘57, Cologne ‘72, New York ‘78, London 2013. North and south and east and west. Horns blowing, drums vibrating, a suffocating fever dream. Primal. Vital.

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Ren Harvieu

Ren Harvieu appearing at this event

British vocalist Ren Harvieu is a darkly enigmatic singer with a supple, yearning voice and bent toward mixing '60s pop, soul, and modern alt-rock. After a 7-year hiatus from her debut Top 5 album, she returned in 2020 to continue her journey of timeless pop with the long-awaited second album 'Revel In The Drama' co-written with Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers. “Harvieu is the kind of Salford lass you can imagine a young Morrissey raving about… a fully formed star.” - The Guardian

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Aoife O'Donovan

Aoife O'Donovan appearing at this event

Aoife O’Donovan is a singer / songwriter from Massachusetts, USA. She is also the lead singer for the progressive bluegrass/string band, Crooked Still, and a member of the female folk-noir trio, Sometymes Why.

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CoCo And The Butterfields

CoCo And The Butterfields appearing at this event

If anyone ever doubted the ability of music to re-route people's lives, a page from the formative days of CoCo and the Butterfields will soon turn that around. It's 2012 in the town of Canterbury, where Tom Twyman has a plane ticket in his hand, for the journey to the new life he's mapped out for himself in Australia. Dulcima Showan, meanwhile, has just left sixth form college and is all set for art school in Dublin. Neither of them ever makes it, because by now they're in the early stages of a band that has other plans for them. CoCo and the Butterfields have been on a steady and unmistakable upward incline since then, developing an enviable reputation for their exhilarating live shows as their inclusive, acoustic-based sound has ripened to maturity. During the ride, they've played to enthusiastic audiences all over the UK and Europe, both at their own gigs and countless festivals, as well as headlining at London's O2 Academy. They also signed a prestigious 2016 publishing deal with peermusic. For all its elements of folk and Americana, this is admirably unconventional modern pop, and it's reached new levels of sophistication on their Monsters EP.

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THePETEBOX appearing at this event

One of the world's finest human beatboxers and Radio 1 Beatbox champion, THePETEBOX is an established and accomplished live performer, making extensive use of a loop pedal to create full songs one layer at a time. THePETEBOX's audiences are led on a journey showing music production in real-time, from drums and bass to vocal harmonies. Highlights include his unique interpretation of The Pixies' classic 'Where Is My Mind'.

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Ayanna Witter Johnson

A captivating and talented young composer, songwriter, vocalist, cellist and pianist whose music has developed from a diverse background of mixed cultures. Ayanna was the first ever non-American winner of the coveted Amateur Night at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre in New York.

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Blaenavon Male Voice Choir

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Also Appearing

Paul Krugman, Patricia Churchland, Jess Phillips, Sally Phillips