Welcome to ALSO. It's our fifth year. Our tiny dedicated team packs a big creative punch and we want you to have the best weekend that you can have with us. Welcome to the essential selection of facts we think you'll need.
Whether you’ve been with us since the beginning of ALSO or this is your very first time, we'll be doing our best to get you a festival experience you will never forget. To help, we’ve put together our 10 recommendations to make sure you get the most out of your festival weekend…
1. Essential info. Have an ALSO related general question? All of the practical information and the answers to the questions we get asked the most can be found over on our FAQs page - so as we increasingly move to the beautiful field to put the festival, you should be able to get answers here.
2. ALSO on Social. If you want to get a behind the scenes look at how the festival site is shaping up or a visual idea of what to expect, head on over to our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter accounts. And if you like info, or want to delve into the festival before you get there - please take a look at our blog.
3. The Food. You definitely won't go hungry. In fact, we take our food really seriously. We have plenty of concessions too - Trailer Trash, Red Banger, Uber Tuber and on the Friday night, Spectacular Goat Sourdough Pizza. We also build 'Getaria' a Northen Spanish style restaurant up at The Costa del Also. Why not get an intro to Spanish food and book onto the star of BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, Rachel McCormack's Tasting Tour of Northern Spain? Finally, we have a dedicated beautifully decorated Dining Tent in which we try to push the boundaries of what can be done in a field and create incredible, unique dining experiences – if you fancy a bit of that check out: Far Out Astrological Dining, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dinner, Summer Heights Afternoon Tea and our End of Empires Banquet - or pop in to Little Geoff for breakfast.
4. Line-up. We have over 200 incredible events across 5 stages and much to celebrate. There are fascinating talks; a music programme that moves through mellow to epic, euphoric and emotive; we have comedy; an unrivaled programme of food and experiential events; our restorative movement and wild nature programmes; a disco bunker and DJ sets - and all in 50 acres of Capability Brown parkland with a gorgeous lake. We're also recommended in The Sunday Times Magazine today so it must be good! Want advice? Choose three things you don't want to miss - and let the rest of the day just happen.
5. The Workshops. Our workshops and immersive experiences are carefully programmed and are a great way of trying something new or enjoy spending a bit of time doing something you love. We make sure there are plenty of sessions you can drop by and join on the day, including a tote bag printing session with Underway Studio and the as creatives are back for 2018 creating an unbeatable strand of programming for kids. Like our Dining, some of our sessions need to be pre-booked and have limited spaces, so make sure to take a look at these over on the website so you don’t miss out. We highly recommend giving something a go.
6. Our Programme. If you want to start planning your weekend and get booking on to some food events and workshops, there’s still a week to pre-buy a programme. Once purchased, we'll send you our production schedule and you can pick up your physical programme when you arrive on site. If you’re not keen on planning and just want a rough idea, you can take a look at our line-up by day - Friday / Saturday / Sunday.
7. The Speakers. Ours is a friendly event where you get to mingle with the speakers. We only work with speakers who have something important to offer, have a chance of inspiring you, or are doing excellent work, and none of them bite. And if you want to explore the headline speakers’ ideas in more depth, in a smaller group, and in a more relaxed session, head on over to our Double Talk sessions – they’ll be happening Saturday and Sunday afternoon in the Jaffe and Neale Bookshop which is popping up at ALSO from its Cotswolds home. Talking of books, our in festival Book Club book is Viv Groskop's The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature. There's still time to get the book and join the Book Club.
8. The Entertainment. ALSO 18 is chock-full of fun. Don’t miss our esteemed illusionist / mentalist, Philip Escoffey – he’ll bring the festival together on the Saturday night for an illusion to involve the whole festival. Get down to the lake for 9pm. Sunday morning - don't miss Flâneur and irrepressible commentator Rick Edwards, and Editor-at-Large of the New Scientist, Dr. Michael Brooks as they delve into the science behind popular culture as they bring their podcast, Science(ish) live to ALSO. Plus there’ll be a Vocal Workshop with leading UK vocal coach Juliet Russell from ITV's The Voice and watch out for our inaugural pop-up theatre events from acting company Briefcase.
9. The Wild Site. Ours is not just a field, but a Capability Brown Landscape with all the beauty and all the heritage. This is where the magic happens. It’s all yours to explore, get lost in and take some time away from the everyday. We’ve programmed some incredible experiences that celebrate our gorgeous site – take a look here.
10. The ALSO ethos. ALSO is created by a tiny team, with a big heart. We do a lot with not very much. And we do mean it when we say, we have the best audience. To get the best out of us you need a particular sort of open-mindedness, appetite for fun, and to be a tiny bit of a risk taker, and for that, we are so grateful. We couldn't possibly do it without you.