Ease in to your weekend with Friday's food festival programming and our clever pleasures masterclasses.
Pre-book your tea time scones and jam pick me up and actually pick it up from the Info Tent 3 - 5pm and enjoy in the Orangery or down by the lake and start your weekend as you mean to go on.Info & Tickets
After exploring the nature of sound-waves, children will teach each other incredible new acoustic facts in such exciting improvisations as “Escape from the Volcano”, “Terror from the Skies” and “Submarine Shocker”! Please book in advance. Age 7 +Info & Booking
To help set you up for the weekend we are proud to be hosting our favourite local Cotswold’s suppliers to bring their frankly gorgeous wares to ALSO – making it almost a Feastival Friday. Make sure you head out to our lakeside village green to experience our Friday Food Festival pop up designed for our guests to stock up on local, fresh produce for the weekend and get some local luxuries too.
If you love to sing or just want to try something new, join Juliet Russell, the vocal coach from ITV's The Voice, Voice Kids and BBC1's Michael McIntyre's Big Show. We'll learn how to warm up, how to improvise and how to juse our voices in lots of different ways, building to a group song.
Come along and have a go at a range of fun drawing activities including simple animation, portrait panels and using some unusual & surprising materials as ways of mark-making.
Star of BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, Rachel MacCormack will be leading us on a tasting tour of the foods around the Northern Coast of Spain.Info & Tickets
What does our food tell us about who we are? Taste your way around the world through the British foods we love with the University of Warwick food historian, Professor Rebecca Earle.Info & Booking
Join Wild Fermentary Workshops to experience the magic of fermentation. Discover how simple ingredients can be transformed into delicious, health-boosting pickles with this ancient method of food preservation.Info & Tickets
Yoga teacher and 4160Tuesdays founder, Sarah McCartney brings two of her super skills together to lead a Scented Yoga session. Book on this workshop for a most unusual and enjoyable yoga session in which you get to take away your own vial of perfume for your own practice.Info & Tickets
Marie White is the real deal. A young singer-songwriter from Hastings with insight beyond her years, she creates her own uncompromising sound.
Our Midsummer’s Night's Dinner is now in its legendary 5th year and is an unmissable chance to get the gang together to kick off your weekend in style, with a three-course seasonal dinner designed to celebrate the British Summertime.Info & Tickets
As the author of over five of the official companion books to Downton Abbey, and the wildly successful novel The Mitford Murders, few authors have explored the social history of the first half of the 20th Century more than Jessica Fellowes. To help us understand how dramatically the world has changed, we will explore the different eras through the cocktails that defined them.Info & Booking
Come on an adventure to discover what mini beasts are living in and around Also Festival. Nets and observation trays will be available to share. Meet at the Information Tent.
Storyteller Helena Jacks will be waiting to entertain you with some Traditional Tales to lull you to sleep (but hopefully not before you get back to your tent)!
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 we begin to drink ‘less but better’ we wanted to take an intelligent look at the things we drink for pleasure. BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet broadcaster and author of Chasing The Dram: Finding the Spirit of Whisky, Rachel McCormack will introduce us to the magical, fascinating, much-misunderstood world of whisky.
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.
While sitting in a lecture about a series of Chuck Jones cartoons, Ben’s thoughts drift off in various directions. Pronoun Trouble combines a fact-adjacent lecture about three great films with a ton of other topics that sometimes come to mind. Moor’s previous show, 'Each of Us', was "A moving satire, rivaling the best of Douglas Adams. (Guardian)
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.
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.
Enjoy a (slightly spooky) walk through trees in the dark, looking for the trail of clues. Only by finding them all will you be able to complete the puzzle. No age limit but younger children will need support/supervision. Please bring your own torches – though we’ll have a few spares.
BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet broadcaster and author of Chasing The Dram: Finding the Spirit of Whisky, Rachel McCormack will be at Also Festival to introduce us to whisky and you'll get the chance to taste your way around the highlands and islands in five different whiskys and develop your love of the spirit.Info & Tickets
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.
Storyteller Helena Jacks will be waiting to entertain you with some late-night tales. No age limit for this drop-in session, but content may verge on the spooky!
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...
Steve Parry dons his funky hat alongside his partner in crime Nick Gartland. These two have been together for many a year and are as good at banter as they are at DJing. Fun, Funk and Soul with eclectic sides. Anything goes! This will be a great party to kick-start the Bunker on Friday night. Fun for funk's sake.
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.
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).
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.
Formed in haste when their useless sons failed to turn up for a scheduled gig, these busy, working mums know how to step in and save a show. Whilst usually peddling a line in punked-up power-pop, for ALSO the ladies will be rocking a late night DJ set in the Orangery honouring the founding females of hip-hop.
In homage to the Dr Michael Brooks revolutionary science book The Quantum Astrologers Handbook, we explore the relationship between astrology and physics in Far Out: Friday night's Astrological Dining Experience. Meet for a welcome cocktail in the bookshop at 10:30pm.Info & Tickets
Feast on that hot gypsy swing adorned by Franco-Irish folk songwriting. Scratchy Beard journey you through an upbeat, playful and sincere collage of trans-European roots music.
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.