Also Festival Announced for 2017 and is looking to be the best one yet.
Summer is slowly creeping on the horizon and that means it’s time to start filling up your summer calendar with events, holidays and most importantly – Festivals.
For something different this year why not check out Also Festival which is considered a small festival with big ideas with a weekend of inspiring talks, art, science, philosophy, music, swimming, fine dining & more.
Created by Salon London, the Also festival takes place between 30th June – 2nd July in the stunning lake-side setting of Park Farm, Warwickshire, within 50 acres of beautiful ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds, all open for festival-goers to explore, swim and relax in.
Like the location, Also’s programming encourages experiences without constraints, whether that’s learning how to live like an animal, learning to paint, act or sitting down to a three course dinner in the festival’s beautiful dining tent. Across the weekend the festival will welcome professors, authors, theorists and more to share their ideas and bring them to life in a live setting.
Divided into 6 key areas, guest can expect to enjoy:
Also Festival is guided by the most impressive group of influential and thought provoking speakers, all on hand to leave you feeling truly inspired by big ideas. Highlights include geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford who will reveal just how much we are all immigrants in the UK, celebrated author of Dark Net, Jamie Bartlett returns from the fringes of the internet to tell us who is there and what they are doing, Philippa Perry is on hand to decode the meanings from our dreams and celebrated author Natalie Haynes debuts her brand new show ‘Honour Among Thebes’ how to harness the power in storytelling.
Festival-goers are invited to witness Psychiatrist Professor Carmine Pariante explain the complex systems behind good mental health, Salon London’s 2017 Transmission Prize winner Dr Danny Dorling explains the relationship between geography and politics plus hear leading philosopher Roman Krznaric reclaim the Latin phrase Carpe Diem – it’s time to stop living in the moment.
Other popular thinkers invited to stoke the cognitive fires with a series of interactive sessions are a recreation of Professor Clay Routledge’s experiment ‘Fountains Of Youth’, exploring and embracing our memories of the past to improve our future, the acclaimed Professor David Nutt on the potential loss to science the psychoactive substances bill brings plus the great mathematician’s Professor David Tong’s connects us with the poetry of gravitational waves.
Also Festival’s foodie offering raises the culinary bar with delectable dishes, theatric productions and truly immersive experiences. Housed in a separate banquet tent with full kitchen and bar, this year sees yet another expansive menu including the Shakespearean Midsummer Night’s Dream restaurant serving local food sourced within ten miles of Warwickshire’s Park Farm, Fruhstuck BBQ Brunch delivers a traditional twist on classic Germanic, plus a series of themed midnight feasts are hosted over the weekend including one decked out as a Victorian Shipwreck.
Festival-goers can dine by the lake for a Spanish themed Sundaze Feast or relish in Sunday’s Balearic Brunch, which brings a taste of Ibiza to the Warwickshire countryside thanks to James Knight and Rebecca Otero. Prices for each bespoke food event start from £15 with bookings open from March.
TRUTH OR DARE
This year there will be activities and talks aplenty exploring the theme of ‘Truth or Dare’, inviting the curious to discover new things and dare to try something different. Human League’s Dare album will be given a choir makeover with late night singing on the Lakeside stage, whilst additional food offerings welcome the Truth and Dare Banquet with pudding procession plus the Truth or Dare High Tea. A special sensory experience comes courtesy of celebrated perfumier Sarah McCartney from 4160 Tuesdays, guiding Also goers on a scented tour powered by human voices. Workshops come from RADA and inspired by Paul Thek on all things drama and sculpture, plus show stopping cabaret from Cabaret Fantastique with Marcel Le Cont, wine tasting with festival co-founder Helen Bagnall and pastoral poems complete a truly versatile lineup. Further highlights across the weekend include Acoustoke, Choral-oke, Rave Yoga, Bat Walks and more; there’s truly something for everyone.
With Also taking place amongst the backdrop of Park Farm’s beautifully sculpted Capability Brown fields, it’s impossible not to come away feeling completely at one with the festival’s natural surroundings. Putting it to the test is University of Oxford’s Dr Charles Foster with his inspiring talk ‘Could you live like a badger?’, empathetically reversing the roles of human and animal for a refreshing perspective. Other highlights include Glamping Bouquet flower making workshops to drape the festival in floral colour, sunrise Sundaze lake swimming to start the day and to capture it all Christian Banfiled who’s on hand for an expert masterclass in landscape photography.
Whether it’s classic and competitive Lip Sync Battles, hell raising Musical Theatre Oke, ornate Lantern Making and Costume Making workshops and more, Also runs an extensive festival programme to entertain all ages. A special programme of foodie events for the kids includes the Kidnight Beast, a midnight feast packed with storytelling and woodland animals plus the luxurious Summer Afternoon Tea. For camping needs Safari Hotel are on hand providing a 5 star luxury bell tent camping option for all the family, aiding that perfect weekend stay with a fully furnished abode overlooking the lake and just a few minutes from the festival gates.
In 2017, the music becomes even more interactive. Also-goers are invited to perform in a newly created choral piece led by Juliet Russell, festival co-founder and vocal coach on BBC’s The Voice that highlights some of the stories and experiences of the current worldwide diaspora amongst a maze of candlelight. An ‘icons’ series will celebrate some of pop music’s greatest icons with one-hour masterclasses, designed to help master a classic from Prince, Kate Bush David Bowie and Aretha Franklin. Also welcomes a dedicated playlist from Northern Soul Hour plus the sublime 70s inspired Studio 54 Disco not to mention engaging festival-goers with Sundaze DJ Sessions and more.
Weekend tickets for Also with camping start at just £120, with luxury camping available within the Safari Hotel option. Tickets and more info can be found here
Also Festival takes place at Park Farm, Compton Verney, Warwick,CV35 9HJ