A work in progress, our first wave of speakers, acts, workshops and dining events:
An indispensable guide from the Senior Editor at WIRED, Victoria Turk will be explaining what a champagne emoji actually means, how to ghost with grace, why you never leave your true friends on 'read', and how to recover from a replyallapocolypse.
CSV yoga is an anatomically based dance of beautiful flowing movement which honours the spine and allows your body to move as nature intended. You’ll be stronger physically, emotionally and spiritually. Sarah’s class is all about empowerment, self belief, self love and transformation.
Learn the tricks of the songwriting trade with creative tour de force Sophie Garner. Sophie has released 3 studio albums, toured internationally and was the very first artist to perform on the main stage at London's O2 Arena! She uses songwriting as a powerful tool for building confidence and creative expression with children from 7 to 70+! This session is for 11-18 year olds. Exploring the art form of song within a group is a musical adventure of games, improvisation and of course singing and song writing.
A family farm, with 2 generations of the Alsop family working on the farm (and the 3rd generation already showing an interest!) we serve ice cream made from organic buffalo milk.
The ultimate reset button. Rest, restore and rebalance in an immersion of sound.
Bring your favourite cuddly and a blanket to feel snuggly. Lie back and let the sounds of the gongs bathe you in a sea of relaxation and dreams.
Jenny Nibbingley and Burton Mastrick truly need no introduction. As two of Britain’s most published, though least read, novellists, it’s not surprising they have been invited to today’s book festival. Their event’s moderator, Tim Timminey, likewise significant, should be turning up soon, but until then, Jenny and Burt agree to read sections from their books. Bad decision. As an ex-couple, their writing seems mainly to consist of ongoing digs at the other’s character and work. But is that all that is going on? Might this all be a reading from another book about a book talk going horribly wrong? Or is that also part of something else?
Returing to Also - Let us be brief…. Brief//Case is a nascent creative collective, specialising in creating ‘pop-up’ performances that are tailored to unique spaces. We visit our performance site, review its heritage and aesthetic, and use what we find to produce artistic moments that demand attention.
Oh, we do like to have some fun at ALSO. What does your handwriting say about you? (and perhaps what it says about David Cameron, Winston Churchill and Taylor Swift) – this magical session from leading forensic graphologist Emma Bache is a gorgeous way of looking at ourselves (and ok – all of human nature) anew.
Jennifer John is a creative dynamo, a musical inspiration and a heartfelt singer songwriter. The dark blue architecture of her voice blends soulful strength and emotional honesty with beautiful melodies. Her rendition of Wayfaring Stranger featured on the soundtrack of Terence Davies’ film Sunset Song and is as mesmerising the woman herself.
Embracing the Japanese art of Shinrin-Yoku, discover the proven health benefits of Forest Bathing as our forest therapy guide leads you on a transformative walk around our site. Awaken your senses through the power of nature.
Man & The Echo is a beautifully eclectic and strange thing. Sometimes referred to as “odd ball” or “quirky” the band are currently writing their own PR materials. Supported by Steve Lamacq and 6Music, the band's hotly anticipated second album is due for summer release. It was produced Raf Rundell (2 Bears/Raf Daddy) and supported bythe Arts Council of England. M&TE have headlined toured the Uk and appeard at major UK festivals including The Great Escape, Kendal Calling and Secret Garden Party and Billy Bragg’s Leftﬁeld stage at Glastonbury. Do not miss their man stage appearance on Friday night.
The ALSO Debate - now a tradition – previous years have included resolving whether the metropolitan liberal elite are totally clueless.
It’s back! Got the moves? Got the lyrics down? Got the backing track? The heat is on! This year we’re looking for the best kids AND the best adults to vie for the Lip Synch Battle crown. Last year we had air grabs, flossing, gymnastics and some pretty fantastic performances. Who’s ready?
Swimming Wild with Suzanna Cruickshank. Experience the Also Festival from a different perspective and book on one of wild swimming expert 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, 16/17 year olds welcome with parents. Breaststroke is the preferred stroke for these swims. Booking opens 30th April
A HIIT of Mindfulness: You don’t have to be still to be present. Tune into your body and be mindful whilst moving High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is heart racing exercises interspersed with recovery. Learn to trust your body’s ability to respond. Join Sarah from MoodLifter in this short mindful workout.
Every moment is extraordinary and every street is full of inspiration. Come and join us for a Street Wisdom session to discover how magical an ordinary environment can become when you’re really aware of those hidden messages, chance meetings and unexpected discoveries.
We’re bringing the rock and roll twitcher aka Urban Birder lakeside in Warwickshire to help us consider how our urban lives are actually a chance to connect with nature. He’ll be giving us the gift of twitching - and explaining how simply looking up can help you access a whole new dimension on your urban hunt for lunch.
Have you ever wanted to tell your story, have your opinion heard, or read aloud your favourite poem, but not been brave enough? Then this could be your chance. Learn the art of confident speaking in our morning session and have the opportunity to share your newfound skill on stage later in the day.
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.
The psychologist is pride of programming place at ALSO 19 with the project we have been waiting for – presenting her brand new for 2019 exploration of the most challenging of all personal relationships – she is daring to put her head in the mouth of ‘the family’ and how we love her for it – the Salon session you’ll wish your parents had gone to and your children will be glad you did.
Back as a three piece, the divorcee divas & purveyors of power-pop are bringing a frisson of fabulousness and a dollop of desperation to ALSO 19. Expect tears.
"Re-wilding the Body" is an invitation to deeply connect with the elements and energy of the universe through the practice of Outdoor Yoga. Explore the evocative power of the environment, while enjoying nature-inspired and revitalising postures by the lakeside.
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One to one sessions with renowned psychologist and Philippa Perry is at Also Festival. Got a question you really want to ask? This is a chance to have a chat with Philippa on your own about (more or less) anything as she is 'in residence' floating on our lake in the wonderful Capability Brown setting.
Stories from and ‘out of the woods’ and creative forest crafts - drawing on our woodlands, our understanding of nature and the stories woven into our landscape. Crafting, Also-rock-painting, word-wilding, fire-starting. All Saplings activities take place in our wonderful woodland setting.
Back for 2019 our resident cocktail expert Susan L. Schwartz, host of Lush Life Podcast, the interview show dedicated to the people behind the bar will continue our internatiaonal tour of cocktail classics and the spirits that made them.
DJ Grace Sands, for many years part of Digs & Woosh, founder members of the DiY Soundsystem came out onto the scene at Glastonbury’s fêted corner of queerness and quality house Block9/The NYC Downlow in June ’16. As a veteran of the festival since ’86, including sneaking DiY’s Black Box soundsystem onsite well after the designated ‘free' fields had gone, appearing and disappearing all weekend in a game of cat and mouse with security, she brought the Pilton partying experience to share with her new found tran sisters. Mixing up the legendary deep, house and garage vibes of her partnership with Woosh, she threw acid into the mix, got fresh with Mel & Kim, dropped Ron Hardy cuts and classic disco to tear up the Go-Go’s, Drag Queens, T-Girls and Block9 party crew. Playing everywhere from Brighton Pride, Dalston Superstore, Bender at the Eagle, Grace is also resident at London’s Adonis parties, regularly playing alongside Hannah Holland. Listen out for appearances on Soho Radio & RinseFM.
We love the art and theatricality Art Macabre bring to the ALSO field. Yes - London's leading life drawing company the critically acclaimed Art Macabre, invites our ALSO lovelies to draw together at intimate drawing salons, for adults, for children, for all that make the most of our 50-acre site. Art Macabre has wowed London with their beautiful tableaux vivants and excels at inspiring you to be your most creative self and for 2019 they are going BATS. Watch this space for more details!
Head chef at the Taller de Tapas fine dining restaurant, Sophie Taverner will be at ALSO cooking up our Balearic brunch on Saturday and Sunday in our stunning pop-up restaurant Getaria. Glass of sangria included.
Join award-winning animation director and illustrator Evgenia Golubeva to take a walk and a sketch around the festival's grounds. Suitable for all ages, you bring your creativity - we'll provide the stunning back drop, sketchbooks and art materials.
It’s all about the moon, the moon, the moon in 2019. Who was the first person in space – Yuri Gagarin of course – wait – if you’re American – you think it’s John Glen. Looks like it’s always been contentious. But as space and aviation expert Sue Nelson will explain – it should have been a woman. Allow us to present for your delectation the (surprising) story of Wally Funk – and Mercury 13 – the women who should have got to space race.
Join Juliet in easing your body and voice into the Also day. Tuning in through a series of deep breathing exercises, energising stretches, followed by simple chants, nature-related songs and rounds.
We’re going all out for Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku) for 2019 and our in-festival favourite Sarah McCartney (founder of Perfume House 4160 Tuesdays) will be offering a workshop in which you can build your own diffuser to take the joys of Forest Bathing (babes) home to enjoy the benefits long after your also glow has faded. Booking opens 30th April.
Put Archimedes' Displacement Theory to the test whilst learning how to escape being shipwrecked! Our instructors will give you some tips but it will be up to you to turn a pile of poles, rope and barrels into a raft - to keep you and your crew afloat.
Nature and poetry go together like fish and chips, Torvill and Dean, ALSO Festival and fun. So as part of our 'Out of the Woods' theme for ALSO '19 we are so delighted to have poet and BAFTA award winning writer Myles McLeod in festival to lead our Haiku Hike explore our 50 acres of Capability Brown parkland on foot to write nature inspired poetry.
Boost your serotonin and endorphins, lower your heart rate, raise your oxytocin levels and reduce feelings of social isolation by joining this year’s massed sing, led by Juliet Russell, vocal coach on two of the UK’s biggest entertainment shows The Voice UK and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.
ALSO specialises in entertaining bands and music acts of quality guaranteed to get the main stage going , previous years' acts have included Mad Apple Circus, Lou Rhodes, Matt Maltese, Reubin, Miss Baby Sol and Andro.
Our aim is to serve delicious food that we know the provenance of. We serve our home bred pork and organic lamb that we raise to the highest standards, with a huge emphasis on welfare and respect. We use eggs from hens that are free to roam. Our cheeses come straight from artisan cheesemakers who use milk either from their own herd, or from carefully selected organic farmers. We offer a selection of both vegetarian and vegan food and can cater for food intolerances and allergies. We love our planet so only use fully compostable or recyclable disposables – absolutely no plastic bottles for us
This disctinctive vocalist fuses indie sensibilities with jazzy pop and soulful vibes. She has a gorgeously unique tone, that she accompanies with edgy, melodic electric guitar. Oozing pop star attitude and style, Lola will be playing songs from her debut EP Naked and the singles Makin' You Mine and Lost in My Days.
Meet the crowning glory of our Saturday night. There’s no identity crisis in the music of Olushola Ajose. Performing under the moniker AFRIKAN BOY (AB), he makes music that totally reflects his life experience, effortlessly combining a spectrum of sounds and influences, from Afro-beat to Jazz, Grime to Spoken word and more. Not many artists can channel the energies of Fela Kuti, Gil Scott Heron and 2Pac, and balance them with such perfect cohesion. When it comes to energy and passion on stage. AB’s performance is second to no-one
This Is A Recording are a live improvised electronic duo performing on analogue synths mangled up through FX pedals and tripped out guitar, layered over slo-mo pulsating beats. Their music ranges from ambient, balearic grooves to psychedelic walls of sound. Think stratospheric harmonics, cosmic melodies and conscious vibes!
Hailing from Brazil, the charistmatic Marcos Santana and his amazing Tribo samba drummers will be bringing the carnival vibes to Also 2019. Mixing Brazilian samba, with African rhythms and South American groove, this is high energy music played by exhuberant performers bringing pulsating rhythms and melodic vocal hooks. We defy you not to dance!!!
The Weekend Papers. An ALSO institution. Bring your coffee and start your Saturday or Sunday with us. This ALSO Festival institution features speakers from the day's programming at the festival who will bring the broadsheets to life in our great fun, fast-paced morning session.
Ease into Sunday with a hearty late breakfast or is it an early lunch? Whichever way you sway, you’ll be accompanied by the uplifting sounds of the London International Gospel Choir. Expect vivid harmonies, catchy melodies, fantastic soloists and for your soul to be elevated to a very fine state of mind.
Denis Coleman is a a dynamic young singer-songwriter from the USA, based in London. His music blends catchy pop with US R&B and hip hop influences. He released his debut single You last September and is fast becoming an independent pop sensation, catching the attention of the industry by winning the Future Music Songwriting competition. Fresh from The Power of Music schools tour, Denis has been spreading positive messages of anti-bullying through performances and interactive chats with students. Watch him blow up the main stage!
Who will be crowned the winners of Also's Great Big Fat Festival Quiz in 2019? Grab your gang together and head to the bar to be met with our hosts with the mosts: Alexis 'The Clown' Dubus and Matt 'Gold Jacket' Morgan for a magical, musical, memorable session and massive prizes!
Let's meet at the Greenwood tree deep in the Forest of Also for you never know who else you might find there .. This As You Like It acting session (directed by actor and Director Fiona Ross) enables actors to step into Shakespeare’s forest of Arden and explore the characters that find themselves there - whether a banished heroine, a love sick shepherd or a Duke exiled from a brutal court - master a famous speech, utter some extraordinary new words and create a world full of characters all on a journey to find themselves and happiness. 1.5 hours - age eight years to 12 years - bring an adult . ( no adults without a child )
Star of tech and screen – author of ‘Dark Net’, ‘Radicals’, ‘The People vs Tech’ and winner of the 2019 Transmission Prize – author and Demon Think Tank tech, clever clogs Jamie Bartlett leads our programming in our key theme for 2019 – it’s time to grapple with tech and get the world that we want. #Fascinatainment
Experience the wonderfully mesmerising and therapeutic ‘Cloud art’ of Ebru. Create unique marbled images on paper under the guidance of artist Ursula Westwood.
If you go down to the woods today...make sure you play with clay! A fun family workshop for children and adults to create your own ‘out of the woods’ animal. Ceramcist Ros will fire your creations and send them on. Bookable from April 30th.
Stop the Press Cafe is inspired by the influence of Penny Universities, they'll be bringing the caffeine to the conversation for the weekend.
Feast on hot gypsy swing adorned by Franco-Irish folk songwriting. Scratchy Beard lead you through an upbeat, playful collage of trans-European roots music.
The celebrated UCL based paleoclimatologist who’s vials of African soil revealed that race is a social construct – and how we love this finding. For 2019 he lands at ALSO to explain how our human dominance comes with great responsibility towards our planet. Understand how to manage your world now you are the most powerful creature in it.
John-Luke has been a firm favourite of Edinburgh Fringe for many a year, creating masterpieces of inventive, intelligent idiocy. An acolyte of Parisian clowning school École Gaulier, his sellout run at last year's Fringe led to a run at Soho Theatre and a UK tour. A co-founder of irreverent collective, Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, he is a unique performer on the UK scene. "So many killer gags... coming at you from all angles and delivered with well-earned pleasure at their glorious idiocy" - The Guardian. Featuring in Cabaret Fantastique and Clowning Workshops.
Run away to the circus with Playbox Theatre. Go upside down and round and round learning circus skills from highly experienced practitioners.
To celebrate our theme of 'Out of the Woods' we are pleased to present for our youngest ALSO-ers a chance to draw and explore the forest creatures inspired by folklore from all over the world together with an award-winning animation director and illustrator Evgenia Golubeva.
As part of the legendary DJ team, Digs and Woosh, Pete Woosh cut his teeth at the legendary DiY free parties and club nights and their weekly Serve Chilled pirate radio show. As DiY established an international reputation, Digs and Woosh guested at many iconic nightspots and helped to shape the identiable DiY sound. Producing a bewildering number of tunes and remixes, they kept in true to their roots by playing at a vast range of free parties and festivals, always promoting the unspoken DiY ideology of liberation through music. Diagnosed with cancer in 2015, he decided to ‘kill off’ his long term alter ego Pete Woosh and become The Peaceful Ones. Taking a natural and holistic approach to his illness he is currently working on his Spirit Wrestlers project, a not for profit label designed to raise awareness and funds for natural healing networks supporting people living with cancer.
Do not miss this Scottish songwriter, producer and performer renowned for making catchy, digestible pop songs from strange sounds and subjects. With his own special blend of electronic apparatus, acoustic instruments and field recordings, this is an artist who doesn’t quite fit into any box perfectly and that’s just how he likes it. Eclectic, and highly original, JC is a purveyor of perfect wonky pop. “I love this record” - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
Join us in a gentle 5k run around the beautiful Warwickshire countryside beginning and ending right slap bang in the Also Festival site.
Andrew Yeadon and Moray Nellis create a beautiful brand of harmonic acoustic rock, blending folky overtones with hints of Neil Young, John Martyn and Pink Floyd. Sgharing vocal duties, Sndre wand moray will be singing songs from their new album ‘The Beast Below’. You can cat h them on Also's picturesque Lake Stage, performing as an exquisite acoustic trio.
Pronounced 'Frooog' - it was the mid 1960s dance craze and as we like to challenge our in festival choreographer - we've asked her to deliver a Fosse workshop in the field. This is no ordianary choreographer - in no time at all she'll be helping you access your inner monkey, chicken and heavy weight.
Join Ex-Marine Commando and ALSO’s Production Manager, David Hamblett in creating woodland hideaways in Dave’s Den Building session.
Grouch Coffee is the coolest little"Tuk Tuk" coffee van, serving proper coffee and hot drinks, homemade cloudy lemonade and iced coffees - and we're plastic free!
ALSO is proud to have our own restaurant, built from wood found in our woods - Getaria is the beating heart of The Costa del ALSO and serves Northern Spanish tapas, wines, beers and cava, Don't miss it.
Pop along to our Pop-Up Kombucha Café to discover the fabulousness of fermenting your own drinks. There'll be a whole bunch of flavoured kombuchas and water kefirs to try and the wonderful women of Wild Fermentary will be on hand to teach the basics of home fermentation and how to boost your own health. Booking opens 30th AprilInfo & Tickets
The leading UK behavioural economist Nick Chater has made a startling discovery about the brain - the subconscious doesn't seem to exist. Find out the hows and the whys of this startling new research from the University of Warwick academic.
Your 3 day nature fix: Den-building, tree-climbing, story-making, story-telling, singing, dancing, shouting, laughing, yoga, crafting and build-a-rafting! Freedom to roam, participate in dedicated workshops and activities, and join the nighttime parade in our spectacular site.
If you go down to the woods today look out for secret fairy and elf dwellings. Can you create your own fairy houses to take home? We’ll provide you with everything you need to build your very own fairy kingdom.
Everyone is invited to take part in our 'Out of the Woods' Scavenger Hunt. Bonkers clues. Fabulous Fun. Big Prizes.
Jasmine's solo shows combine complex guitar picking and intricate vocals, effortlessly veering from folk to rock. Her mixed parentage has nurtured a deep love of many different genres. Her solo shows feature her complex guitar picking styles and intricate vocals, effortlessly veering from folk to rock music. Fresh from touring with Ivor Novello award-winning musician, she will be playing songs from her album Blood Red Sun, and new compositions set for release this summer.
Let Head of Policy at KCL and ex Head of Ipsos Mori Bobby Duffy lead us through the latest research into media and decision science to explore the perils of our perception and the power in realising we're wrong about nearly everything.
Tales from the yoga mat is a fun fitness and storytelling experience for children from 0-7 years. 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.
This has been the smash hit finale to our Saturday Night banquet and this year we're turning it in to an event on its own. A riotous, immersive, experiential LIVE plating of pudding - complete with cake, fruit, cream and many many toppings served to you like they've never been served before! Place an explosively fun slice of delicousness in to your Saturday at ALSO.
This stunning singer songwriter creates beautiful, compelling music. Her electric guitar adds a raw edge that provides the perfect counterpoint to her emotional and haunting voice. ”Absolutely Stunning" Janice Long, BBC Radio 2 "A touch of class" The Independent.
We are delighted to have our awesome friend & goat man joining us at ALSO this year. We have invited James to head up our Friday night family-style dining event where he'll be cooking from his new book, GOAT. Prepare to have your taste buds tantalised...
Like karaoke, but with a whole choir and who better to accompany you on the Also Main Stage, than London International Gospel Choir? No one, that’s who. We’ll provide lyrics, music, a glamorous host and twenty backing vocalists. You provide star quality and your best insta-friendly outfit.
Haka Healing is a workshop based around the New Zealand Maori culture and their traditional war dance, The Haka - more commonly known as being performed by the All Blacks rugby team. Breathe as one, move as one - United we stand!
Get yourself Saturday Night at ALSO sorted to go glam, glittery or colour pop by stopping by our vintage glamour pop up in our brand new cocktail bar. With looks a plenty for all on offer - there's no excuse for sporting leisure wear.
Always wanted to try out a classical gladiatorial approach to combat sports whilst ALSO wanting the fitness of a martial art. You – my friend, are in luck – for 2019 ALSO Festivals are working with LED Lightsabre combat company Silver Sabres to set up our own Combat Academy. You’re welcome. Booking opens April 30th.
Birmingham born & bred with Caribbean roots, this exciting rapper combines hard hitting flow with Grime, 90s Hip Hop & Jazz influences. Winner of the Birmingham Music Award 2018 for Best Solo Female, Lady Sanity has recently released For Figures’, a 5 track EP, supported by the PRSF ‘Women Make Music" fund, charting the rise of her musical journey so far. An electric live performer, Sanity has already lit up the stages of Glastonbury, BoomBap, The Great Escape, Shardfest and Hip-Hop heavyweights KRS-1, Lowkey and Roxanne Shante.
This pioneering cardiac surgeon (and author of the Naked Surgeon) sews up the heart of surgery, the health of the nation and the threadbare brilliance of the NHS.
In this relaxing yoga sesion, enjoy exploring your spine through some gentle twists in the beautiful Also woods. As a trained yoga teacher and mindfulness practitioner, Carolyn works with body, breath and spirit to encourage deep relaxation and kinaesthetic awareness. She teaches weekly classes and works 1-to-1 in west London. She also mentors yoga teacher trainees and newly-qualified teachers.
The theme for 2019 is ‘Out of the Woods’ – to think when planning we thought Brexit would be over by next July. Ha ha ha ha. To celebrate our theme we welcome the genius that is London’s leading theatrical life drawing company, Art MacCabre who are in the field taking on, fleshing out and making magic with our Out of the Woods. We’ll be exploring Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing Babes!) as our wellness programme uses our wonderful woods that fringe our 50 fabulous acres of Capability Brown parkland to restore our most fabulous selves via forest bathing. Or improve your skillset by joining our most fearless in field perfumier as she runs a ShiNrin Yoku diffuser workshop to bring the forest home.
From ornate Spiegeltents the other side of the world to art deco cabaret spaces in Soho, the Gallic legend once again brings his late-night extravaganza to a tent in the Midlands. Expect special guests, spontaneous happenings, a live band and Gallic superiority. “One of the finest nights in our fair city” - Time Out London
In the heart of our woodland, allow your own Spirit Animal to emerge from clay as Ros Ingram guides you in the art of ceramic sculpture. Your creations will be fired and sent on to you. Bookable from April 30th.
Tired of computers telling you what to do? Bored by all their flash but little actual life-affirming action? As part of our realistic relationship with tech strand, the University of Oxford’s Chief Computer Scientist Michael Woodridge will address us on our path to conscious machines. ‘Don’t expect them to do anything particularly great – anytime soon,’ he tells ALSO.
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 fifth 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.
A chance to experience this ancient Chinese art. As a moving meditation, Quigong’s practice helps to strengthen and balance the body while also bringing the mind into the here and now. With no previous experience required, this gentle physical exercise is suitable for all - so there's no excuse not to give it a go!
They’ve been fighting in the academics streets over this one – but the celebrated neuroscientist and crucially neuroimaging expert has done the work and can tell us the truth about the gendered brain. It’s been a subject close to our hearts since we began all those years ago and we can’t wait to hear the truth about the Gendered Brain.
Enjoy our music programme from rising stars and undiscovered gems to gypsy jazz and Ibizan chill out up at The Costa del Also's famous, floating lake stage. Even better with a cocktail from the Rum Shack or a plate of pinchos from Getaria.
Playing a mix of 60s Soul, Funk, Dirty Grooves, Hot Rockin' Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Ska, Rock'n'Roll, New Orleans, Gospel, Blues & Boogaloo - all on vinyl 45s
Get lost in music and learn authentic samba rhythms, fusing African beats and South American grooves, with Brazilian maestro Marcos Santana and his amazing Tribo drummers. A regular fixture at Europe's biggest Caribbean street party, the Notting Hill carnival, Tribo bring tradition, energy and knowledge together in an uplifting drumming workshop. No experience necessary.
How we love him - embodying our fascinatainment heartland Robin brings his brand new extraordinary exploration of the human mind - 'I'm a Joke and So Are You. A Comedian's Take on What Makes Us Human' is a moving, beautiful, hilarious exploration of consciousness. Don't miss it.
Join ephemeral nature and environmental artist Richard Shilling as you make individual works of Art from Nature and your imagination.
Cocktails have long played their role in the heart of the design of the festival. For 2019 we celebrate this with a big, bold and beautiful cocktail bar placed naturally right in the heart of the festival. Perfect for an aperitif, to kick your night off, to discuss ideas or for a nightcap. Plus our now legendary programme of how to workshop and talks on spirits and wines.
What kind of ideas festival would we be without somewhere you could take a hand crafted rum cocktail down to the banks of Compton Pools and relax. Our much loved Rum Shack is back for 2019.
At Getaria we are super excited to have a take over by Damian Clisby from Petersham Nurseries! He's gained his trade in some of the best kitchens in London; he's been Head Chef at Petersham Nurseries since 2014 and he previously was Head Chef at HIX Soho and executive chef at Cotswold House. Join him up close at our chef's table 4pm on Saturday. Watch this space!
The award-winning science writer takes us deep into the relationship between race and science - its terrible history, consequences and explains the unfortunate reasons behind its apparent recent resurgence across the globe. We need to know this.
Saturday night’s 5-course banquet will be hosted in collaboration with the Clatter Club secret dining - an underground supper club led by Maverick chefs, Rob Dant and Andrew Walker. We have the privilege of the sommelier Natalia Gonzales, taking us through a flight of wine paired to taste.
The award winning, Reith Lecture delivering historian Margaret MacMillan will be with us at ALSO to help us understand our relationship with history. Understanding history has an increasingly important in our secular society - it offers something beyond being human beings, she believes, and is an authority with an essential role to play.
Baby’s first festival? Ours too! Join first time parents (Pauline and Zoe) and their little ones (Ronnie & Finley) for a playful start to the day. Featuring plenty of squishy crinkley toys and rattles-a-go-go we’ll be building to a crescendo of old fashioned sing a long of classics incl ‘wheels on the bus’ and ‘row row your boat.’ Babies not included. (0 - 18 months)
BAFTA award winning animator Greg McLeod explores creative thought, how to generate ideas and what to do with them once you've had them. By guiding you through examples and working methods, he'll demonstrate techniques to help release your unique creative potential. Warning there will also be a cat video and some shouting!
Be inspired by leading international environmentalist Tony Juniper's sheer wonderment at the world's rainforests and understand how a fight for the rainforests is a fight for planet earth.
Start your weekend by our opening fiesta at our in festival Northern Spanish restaurant Getaria by eating your way around the region with a glass of wine whilst taking in the best angle on our lake.
DJ Vertigo and friends rock Saturday night in Also’s favourite clubbing space, keeping the music flowing and the dance floor going until the cockerel starts crowing!
An acoustic set of honest and thought-provoking tunes from singer-songwriters Alo and collaborator Tom Lennard, on themes of love, loss, power, ecological insanity and the celebration of our common humanity.
Does the world currently seem full of idiocy? Why not learn to integrate? With this clowning workshop for adults you can release your inner idiot, learn to play the moment, develop comic timing and hopefully find laughter in the most unlikely of places.
We are so pleased to be working with Fiona Ring (Founder of My Charleston) to put a spine of dance through our ALSO 19 programming and we'd like everyone how wants to be involved to be involved. Whether you're a dancing queen or you dance like a member of the royal family - we'll find a few moves for you to be involved in our Saturday Night spectacluar.
DJ Mash returns to the Costa del Also, this year battling with Justin James, a fellow vinyl junkie to bring you a relentless selection of killer tunes from their armoury of vinyl. Dropping soul, roots, hip-hop, funk and whatever genre they see fit to get Also moving and our Saturday night started.
So pleased to be working with East London's super skincare outfit Soothe Me. They'll be running workshops on how to make handcrafted luxury face masks, vegan face-masks, soothing spriz atomisers and coming with a festival sized amount of animal friendly beautifully biodegradable glitter – so we can glitter our socks off!
This interactive workshop by the Speakers' Trust is for 12 - 18 year olds. Learn to speak with confidence and charisma. Sarah Steed will show you exactly how to capture and keep and audience's attention through speech making, fun and throwing yourself in at the deep end… Uisng skills from performing arts, oration and psychology The brave and willing will have the chance to address their own audience on stage … ‘TED talks in a field’ for the up and coming or the just plain curious!
Get up close and personal with our tango session - proven to make you feel more relaxed, sexier, less depressed and in the Also zone!
PHILL JUPITUS as PORKY THE POET Stand-up, actor, improviser, radio host and team captain of BBC2's Never Mind The Buzzcocks for its entire 8-year run, the versatile Mr Jupitus graces the Also stage in the guise that kicked off his illustrious career, Porky The Poet. One-time support act for Billy Bragg, The Style Council and The Housemartins, his performance poet persona was resurrected in 2012 and still commands packed houses at Edinburgh Fringe. "An hour no-one should miss" - The Scotsman, Edinburgh Fringe
'Pianofield' is a soundscape and piano collaboration. Fitting within the modern classical genre, pianist/composer Frances Shelley and sound engineer/software designer Matthew Bickerton blend music and technology to hypnotic effect using acoustic piano, found sound, keyboards and electronics. With ecology and the environmental advocacy central to the band's ethos, Pianofield have designed and developed their 'Solar Powered Grand Piano'. Powering all electronics from a solar panel on the lid of their 'grand piano' shell enables them to make music in wonderful and surprising locations; this time by Also festival's beautiful lakeside location.
Portobello Live Choir is the capital's rock and roll community choir. Singing classic songs by west London artists such as Gorillaz, Paul Weller, The Clash and Hollie Cook and mixing in gospel, soul and African flavours.
Simon Caine is interested in the stories we tell ourselves vs the stories other people hear. Why do we always cast ourselves in the best part in all our stories when we share them online? And what's the truth behind them? A new show looking at our relationship with happiness and social media in an age where attention seems to be wanted over personal growth. Where experiences are only as valuable as the number of likes they get and where anxiety seems to be everywhere and I'm sure there's no link between these things
Jill on Top blazed a trail as half of the DJ/Production duo Girls on Top, immediately becing part of the Mixmag reviews team, topping the bill at DJ gigs all over the UK and featured in iD, DJ mag, The Face, & TV shows BPM, Hypnosis and Rapture. And they still found time to remix legends like Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk, Loletta Holloway, Byron Stingily and Gizelle Jackson. Exhausted, Jill finally hung up her headphones to start her own DJ agency in 2003, only coming out of retirement these days for special one-offs like Also!
Want to get your own festival tote bag? Drop in to this introduction to printmaking session and screen print your own Also Festival tote bag to take away.
Also Festival is a fabulous chance to explore wild swimming – so grab your bikini (or trunks) and head lakeside for some swimming in this stunning spot designed by no lesser landscape gardener than Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown himself. The lake is half a mile wide and our wild swimming sessions are not only gloriously beneficial for your body – but it’s been found exercising in nature offer extraordinary benefits for the mind too. No wonder we all love it so much. #naturalicious
Get festival-ready and adorn yourselves with fabulous floral-with-a-hint-of-Frida crowns under the guidance of Esther from Rebel and the Rose.
The classicist and author who took on Boris Johnson and won – and raised the question in the minds of the people – why is it falling to classicists to take on those who need taking on. As powerful as she is fearless in the face of inequality and fake news, this author has, incredibly for 2019, completely rewritten the Trojan Wars. Join us and her for Troy Story - this time it’s the women’s war. #Fascinatainment
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.
Ever wanted to send your children away to join the circus? Here’s your first step. They will learn the art of comic timing, improvisation and comedy stagecraft from two former students of renowned master clown Philippe Gaulier.
Taste Tibet is a Guardian and BBC Good Food Top Ten pick, and a completely unique proposition. From our traditional Tibetan summer picnicking tent, we serve up our legendary momo dumplings (vegan or beef), and a mouthwatering spread of gluten-free Himalayan curries, which include a range of vegan options. Chuck on our home-made chilli dips, which contain peppercorns from Tibet, and wash down with our amazing chai tea, made with fresh ginger and our unique blend of crushed whole spices.
One of our big themes for 2019 is our relationship with nature, so how lucky are we to have David Lindo, aka The Urban Birder at our festival to help us understand how we can co-exist. He'll be leading a walk deep in to the woods to understand the word from the perspective of our feathered friends. Don't miss it!
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! Prizes are to be won!
In a confused and data-drenched world, how can we see the truth of anything and hold on to what's important? A daft, but sharp romp through quantum theory, alternate realities, future humans, scientific discoveries, big data, AI, love and a murmuration.
Argggghhh. If you go down to the lake today – you’re in for a big surprise. We have a Pirate in the field. This Bill Gates recommended Captain of the high seas of doing things differently brings it to the ALSO field – get that side project, hustle, new business idea, new way of working, the thing you have to do – done. And how.
Master the 1920’s Charleston in an introductory workshop to this iconic twenties dance with our in-festival choreographer Fiona Ring. 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.