Comedy, cabaret and theatre at ALSO 18
We all know comedy is big in 2018 – and ours is super clever – don’t miss our sessions from Robin Ince, Viv Groskop, and Ben Moor. If you’re looking for ancient comedy – don’t miss Natalie Haynes and if you want to understand laughter and the brain we have the leading neuroscientist in this area (and stand up), Prof Sophie Scott. Steve Vertigo does his new show on Friday night whilst on Saturday we have Mel Byron, Stylophobia, Jordan Gray and Simon Caine performing their shows in the Talks Tent.
Yes sir, we have massage, yes Zen Ten Spa, the world’s first therapy suite on wheels, will be at Also offering massage, reiki and aromatherapy treatments in its 5-star luxury spa. Call to book on: 07709 101010 -and we'll aim to have some slots may be available to reserve when on site. Treatments are £10 for 15min tasters or £30 for half-hour full wellbeing therapies and Zen Ten tells us exclusive VIP arrangements are available for those who want a little bit more.
Marie White is the real deal. A young singer-songwriter from Hastings with insight beyond her years, she creates her own uncompromising sound.
Stella B is a multi-disciplinary Artist who is connecting with people and shifting mindsets by shattering constructs built up within a normalised culture, primarily through Spoken Word.
As the last remnants of daylight fade, it’s time to head to the Lake stage, feeling the warm embrace of music and laughter, reveling in the outdoors. Get deep down and dirty in the evening. Back for the fourth year at Also, General Disco Procedure's Dan McHarg is here to rock Friday frisky with a riotous set of house, disco, techno, and God-knows-what. Hips to the left, feet to the right, back and forth to the beat.
This Moscow-based indie rock band creates hymns of beauty, freedom and the love of life. Honest, open-hearted music with catchy melodies, sparky guitars and atmospheric synths.
Introducing RUEBIN, the artist formally known as Ruby Blu*. We guarantee you will leave a fan, pursued for days by his catchy hook lines and chanting lyrics as if you’d heard them 1,000 times over.
Robin Cooper is an invention of the comedy writer Robert Popper - who invented him as a way of plaguing various organisations with his insane ideas and inventions. No one from the British Halibut Association to the United Kingdom Spoon Collectors Club to British Hamster Association were exempt from his ridiculous correspondence, and all had in common that they were too British to tell him to go away. He has allowed us to devise a small play with the theatre collective Briefcase based on his work for The Also Festival to illustrate our Isle of Noises theme. 'Cooper's letters are absurd, pointless and very, very funny.' Ricky Gervais.
On the Friday night, come along and understand the night-time world of the bat in this nocturnal safari with Stuart Spray, a specialist in bat conservation biology. With our Capability Brown designed landscape, ancient woodland and a fantastic lake, we've heard it's bat heaven...
Simon is 31 years old. In his head he feels 18. Can he continue to convince other “adults” that he’s not a glorified man-child or will the truth come out as he moves back in with his parents and make a go of this comedy thing? (We all know the answer, but this story is about the journey).
Combining a rich musicality with continent-spanning influences, Cassia play their own brand of calypso-flavoured, tropical rock, resulting in a deft balance of the quintessentially British and the unequivocally exotic. Recent highlights include festival appearances at The Great Escape, Leeds & Reading and a European tour. Relentless touring to ever growing audiences is now becoming the norm for the Macclesfield tropi-poppers.
Ghost stories are a festival theme for 2018 as we explore the many ways we like to scare ourselves with stories. Briefcase founder Oscar Sandler has an ear for a good story. Join this pop-up session dedicated to the art of storytelling and tell the story of the most frightening thing that has ever happened to you. NOTE: If nothing terrifying has ever happened to you, this isn’t the session for you.
Understand all eastern and western philosophy has to offer – whilst listening to music as we present Salon London’s Dao of Jazz. Combining innovation, improvisation, and collaboration, Jazz is the music maverick that went mainstream. Philosopher Dr Julian Baggini explores the relationship between Jazz and philosophy and reveals what we can learn about how to live, just by listening a little closer. Accompanied by our in house jazz pianist and tracks performed live by Juliet Russell.
Underprepared, over-enthusiastic and understaffed, our company presents their disastrous debut of Les Misérables. A production for the whole family.
KIds! It's your turn to take over the stage as we hand over the mic to the next generation of comedy stars. Pick up tips from actor and comedian, Neil Grainger before trying out your best jokes. LIVE. ON STAGE.
On Saturday night, Also Festival is going all out to celebrate the seasons by taking part in Pina Bausch’s Nelken Line. Our daytime workshop led by local choreographer Elysia Qui will give you chance to learn the elemental parts of Pina Bausch’s iconic promenade Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter from her 1982 masterpiece, NELKEN - before we perform it at night walking along the banks of Compton Pools.
Come and spend an hour building, testing and flying a working rocket. And there's a prize for whoever launches their rocket the furthest! Dare to have a go? 10.....9.......8....Info & Tickets
Join Head of Landscape & Gardens at Compton Verney Art Gallery, Gary Webb on a Capability Brown walk. Our Also Festival site was originally part of the Compton Verney estate and its landscape was designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. To find out more about the landscape gardener's work and ideas, join Gary Webb’s walk and talk.
Want to get your own festival tote bag? Drop in to this introduction to printmaking session with Underway Studio and screen print your own Also Festival tote bag to take away.
This emotionally driven, haunting singer songwriter tells indiscreet tales of love and longing. Described as "absolutely stunning" by Janice Long (BBC Radio 2) and "a touch of class." by the independent Review, (Glastonbury).
“It proved a wet, ungenial summer, and incessant rain often confined us for days to the house. Some volumes of ghost stories, translated from the German into French, fell into our hands. "It’s the summer of 1816 and Mary Shelley spends her nights in Geneva reading ghost stories with her husband and George Byron. Little did she know that this was only the beginning of a journey towards one of the most successful novels in history. On the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein’s publication, join our ghost story telling circle and watch the tales come to life.
While surrounded on all sides by some of the biggest brains, deepest thinkers and dazzling musicians, this is all about creating a safe space for those/most of us who just like having a go. This is a musical session to celebrate enthusiasm. Think of it as live karaoke. Take your pick from our tunes in the songbook and our guitarist will definitely remember nearly all the chords. Remember, for acoustaoke volume beats melody every time. If you've ever belted out a song while alone in the car or shower, this is your moment to show off in front of an adoring audience. This is your time.
At just 16, Joe Loveday is fast establishing himself as a talented songwriter and pianist. With influences from Tim Minchin and Ben Folds to The Beatles, his performances offer a delightful, humorous and insightful take on everything from politics to teenage angst.
Hy Brasil is a mythical island that appears only one day in every seven years, somewhere off the coast of Ireland. Composed of compelling wildlife sounds - humpback whales, orca pods, the haunting song of seals and the awe-inspiring shrieks of thousands of Manx shearwaters, Chris Watson's beautiful soundscape draws us deep into the strange and magical world of Hy Brasil.
Oh yes, we're back, bigger and badder than ever and this year IT'S JUST FOR THE KIDS. You have 2 minutes... to take to the mic and synch for your life! Last year we had gymnastics, a parrot costume, tacos and some absolutely stunning Lip Synch performances. Don't be fooled by their youth and friendly exteriors, our Lip Synch Heroes mean business.
Master the 1920’s Charleston in an introductory workshop to this iconic twenties dance. With music that will get your toes tapping, you will learn classic moves, games and exercises. We will then and put them together in a short routine. The class is sociable, energetic and playful.
This year, Susan L. Schwartz, host of Lush Life Podcast, the interview show dedicated to the people behind the bar, has returned to take you on another journey back in time to meet a few of the instant classics that are all the rage. Our theme this time is Rum! We’ll be exploring the origins of the Daiquiri - fresh and frozen, the Mai Tai and other rum cocktails that took the world by storm! We will be sampling a few select rums from around the world!Info & Booking
Neuroscientist, Dr Catherine Loveday and Planet of the Grapes' Matt Harris ensure your cooking for friends and family is enhanced by your playlist as they explain how the taste of wine can be enhanced (or ruined) by the sound you hear at that time. Enjoy a selection of wines and music and understand how they can affect each other.Info & Tickets
Hailing from Miidlands, the home of Two-Tone, who better to treat us to a very special Ska and Two-Tone DJ set than award-winning author and musican Daniel Rachel? Combining influences from Jamaican music, such as ska, reggae and Rock Steady with elements of punk and new wave, this music shaped a generation. Did someone say skank?
Mel Byron explores her love of silent movies. Sometimes the best education comes from the most unexpected places. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, comedian, Mel Byron learnt everything she knows from films of the 30s and 40s. Everything about life, frocks and, especially, love. Whilst her schoolmates snuck into Burnley’s night clubs – underage – she dreamt of drinking champagne on a luxury liner with Cary Grant. Join Mel for an affectionate look at the films that shaped her teenage years, and the years beyond.
This megatastic, ukelele-based band has six ukes, a bass uke and a cajon drum to beat! Skilful masters of reengineering classic and modern pop songs. From Stealer's Wheel to the Uptown Funk, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re 'Dancing in the Dark' or 'Dancing in the Moonlight' ya'll be dancing and that's what counts!!
A nuclear disaster has rendered Britain devoid of musicians and musical instruments . Stylophobia finds a Stylophone, a guitar, bits of strange vinyl disc and a budgerigar amongst the rubble and decides to treat his fellow survivors to their first post-apocalyptic rock/pop/folk festival.
On April 1st 2017, after 10 years in the music biz – touring and recording under the stage name Tall Dark Friend – recording artist Jordan Gray announced a sudden sidestep into stand-up comedy.
Steve Vertigo is an ex-illegal rave DJ turned stand-up. His new one-man show, “As Far As I Can See”, deals with data and how it deals with us. What is our future as we allow ourselves to become segmented, isolated and stupid? This is a tale of one man's quest to fight the tide, to hold back his data, and beat the billionnaires at their own game. It is a quest of immense proportions where he must duck vigilantes, dodge data-gathering algorithms, outwit Artificial Intelligence and ultimately find a way for everyday folk to achieve immortality whilst rewriting their lives in parallel universes. Then find love. Then maybe go for a pint. If there's time.
“It proved a wet, ungenial summer, and incessant rain often confined us for days to the house. Some volumes of ghost stories, translated from the German into French, fell into our hands. "It’s the summer of 1816 and Mary Shelley spends her nights in Geneva reading ghost stories with her husband and George Byron. Little did she know that this was only the beginning of a journey towards one of the most successful novels in history. On the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein’s publication, join our ghost story telling circle around the bonfire and watch the tales come to life. Meet at the info tent.
Join sound artist Chris Watson as he creates a dangerous nocturnal soundscape of the Maasai Mara desert at night. There will be predators; lions, hyenas... We'll be introduced to an environment where no humans would ever dare to be or be safe to be - a highly carnivorous atmosphere.
One half of Also faves, General Disco Procedure, DJ Dan McHarg takes over at the late, late night bunker session. For thsoe who love to dance into the small hours dance blends, beats, beeps, catchy hooks and deep grooves.
An introductory Charleston dance workshop for kids! With music that will get your toes tapping, you will learn classic moves, games and exercises. We will then put them together in a short routine. Ages 8+
Join Ex-Marine Commando and ALSO’s Production Manager, David Hamblett in creating woodland hideaways in Dave’s Den Building session. Drop in session between 9am and 11am. Ages 7 +
Tales from the yoga mat is a fun fitness and storytelling experience for children from 0-7years. Led by their yoga teacher and chief storyteller, the children become voyagers of literature and are transported through time and space to great adventures using their bodies to act out each tale.
Darren is one of the few fully certified Clinical Somatic Educators in Europe (and also a yoga teacher with over 20 years experience). Based in Pembrokeshire, Darren has established the UK’s first dedicated Clinical Somatic Education Centre and regularly delivers workshops, trainings and retreats throughout the UK. Join him for a Wired and Tired session where he'll guide you through some of the common restrictions formed in response to stress, injury and over-effort – and how to use specific movement patterns to ease-fully press reset.
Swimming Wild with Suzanna Cruickshank. Experience the Also Festival from a different perspective and book on one of wild swimming expert Suzanna’s guided nature swims in our gorgeous half-mile lake. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the lake and build on your wild swimming skills with one of the UK's experts. Over 18s only.Info & Tickets
Flâneur and irrepressible commentator Rick Edwards, and Editor-at-Large of the New Scientist, Dr. Michael Brooks delve into the science behind popular culture. Looking at our favourite and most iconic films and explaining the science within.
Cabaret? West Side Story? Jesus Christ Superstar? If you're a fan of emotions getting so high you've just gotta sing - you won't miss this session for the world. If not, don't worry the venue for this event is completely soundproofed. However, we KNOW some of our ALSO-ers are looking for the opportunity to belt out 'I Know Him So Well' and their like, with a live piano accompanist, and we want to be the ones who make that dream come true. You're welcome.
This live performance workshop combines original songs with audience participation. Francisco, accompanied by Philip Garret, will take us on a musical journey of melodies and rhythms from Latin America, Africa and the world, turning the audience into an impromptu orchestra and becoming part of the show. If you love to be involved and spend time immersed in wondrous rhythms, you will be in your element!
Nature-based crafts to make and take away for all ages. All Forest School activities take place in our wonderful woodland setting overlooking the ALSO site and led by our fully qualified Forest School instructor, Andrea Duxbury.
Xylaroo are a sister duo act with a refreshing take on folk music. Having travelled the world in their youth, starting in Papua New Guinea and ending in London via Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Azerbaijan, Switzerland and Kent, it is fair to say they have seen a lot. These experiences are vocalised in beautiful harmonies that drapse over familiarly folk-y vibes but in a way we haven’t heard before.
Come along and learn some high-energy Bhangra and Hip Hop moves as we walk you through a complete dance routine from start to finish. We are Vikram and Mrinal Seth, two brothers who were born and raised in London, and grew up listening to Bhangra and Hip Hop music in the 90s. We created Bounce Bhangra as a way to celebrate the music, dance and culture that we love so much.
In this hour-long treasure hunt of song lyrics, key lyrics from famous songs will be acted out around the festival site. It's up to you to decipher the lyrics being acted out in front of your very eyes, and the song it comes from. Imagine a man in leopard skin jeggings in a boat zipping across the lake with his sails a-flutter. It's Rod Stewart's 'I Am Sailing'. Simple! Meet at The Information Tent.
Sophie is a fresh young singer from Hampshire, who performs across the south coast, With a mature sound and pop sensibility, she adds a soulful tone to modern lyrics alongside old-time R&B classics.
After you've learnt the ropes in the DJ-ing for Kids masterclass, sign up to our Dusted Vinyl for Kids session. This is an Also Festival exclusive session where you get to choose the tunes and introduce the audience to the music that you LOVE, and it means you can literally have fifteen minutes of fame at a festival.
Learn the process of mono screenprinting with Underway Studio. In this introduction to screenprinting, you will learn the background of this printing method and use paper stencils to build a layered screen print of your own design. Walk away from the festival with your very own piece of art!Info & Tickets
We’re so pleased to have the award-winning comedien and Infinite Monkey Cage host Robin Ince at ALSO to present for the very last time his ‘Pragmatic Insanity’ show – a story of love, death and art – he’ll be explaining how we see what we believe and we believe what we see.
Rockers Pretty Thieving are a group of four young local lads who, since forming last summer, have released a single called 'Bootleg'. They recently their debut EP, "Sunday Morning 9AM, which includes their killer track 'My 23' - recently played on BBC Introducing. With epic and anthemic choruses, they bring an energetic fresh take on indie rock.