Wouldn't it be nice to find music, comedy, big ideas and the world's most exciting thinkers under the Christmas tree? Well, this year we're making that possible with our HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2020 gift tickets, launching on site now!

With a handful of speakers and debates already announced, as well as a taster of our music line-up revealed, HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2020 is looking set to rival the fun of any Christmas party.

Our printed gift tickets come gift wrapped, ready to solve your Xmas present puzzle. Click here to order yours!

The HowTheLightGetsIn Team x



We're delighted to unveil our first speakers for HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2020 as a taster of what's to come.

Across a weekend programme of over 80 debates and talks with 100 of the world's leading thinkers, we'll be joined by everyone from leading Brexiteer Penny Mordaunt and Momentum founder Jon Lansman to prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, children's novelist and science educator Lucy Hawking, and artistic director of the Young Vic, Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Click here to see the full list of speakers so far.

Earlybird prices won't last long - click here for tickets!

See you soon...

The HowTheLightGetsIn Team x


As a taster before our full music programme arrives, we're delighted to announce our first wave of acts for HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2020 today!

You can check them out here.

Our 11th outing in our spellbinding spot by the Wye will see over 100 electrifying performances across a range of iconic venues, including chart-topping headliners, foot-stomping electroswing outfits, indie pop legends, parties and DJs each and every night, and so much more.

It's going to be an unforgettable four days...



We're excited to give you a sneak-peek at our music programme for HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2020 at midday tomorrow!

It's looking like an unforgettable line-up: we've got chart-topping headliners, the cream of the underground scene, traiblazing DJs, and so much more to keep you dancing day and night all weekend.

Tomorrow's just the warm-up - there's so much more to come. Watch this space!


We're delighted to launch Luxury Accommodation for HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2020! Our options are available at Earlybird prices for a short time only - so make sure to grab yours while you can.

Enjoy an indulgent stay under the stars in the Wye Valley with our exclusive range of luxurious Mongolian yurts. After rave reviews last time around, our yurt site is back in the same gorgeous spot, tucked away from the festival site while still only a few minutes' walk from the action. We also have premium pre-pitched camping available.

Last year we completely sold out, so secure your place quickly! To make the most of a very special weekend at the cheapest price, click here to book now.

We can't wait to welcome you...


We're excited to reveal our first few debates for HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2020!

We live in unsettling times.  Continuing from our London festival, our festival theme for HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2020 is Uncharted Territory.  Each of our debates identifies an uncharted territory facing us and asks how we should respond and how we can navigate the future successfully.

Today we are announcing our first few debates, from The Matrix or The Miracle and The Return of the Colosseum, to Stories to Believe In and Power to the People. Check out the details here!

We'll be revealing our first speakers and headline music acts shortly.  And we've a host of new plans to tell you about ...  so keep a watch for updates!

We can't wait to be back in Hay!


Earlybird Tickets for HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2020 are now on sale at a very special price!

Our team is working hard behind the scenes to gather the world's leading thinkers to debate the most fascinating and urgent issues of the day. They'll be following in the footsteps of Slavoj Zizek, Emma Barnett, Rory Stewart and Angela Saini, who all headlined our London festival - and next year's programme looks set to be even better!

Of course, it wouldn't be HowTheLightGetsIn without a star-studded music and comedy line-up, with Grammy nominees known to rub shoulders with rising stars, cabaret acts, leading comedians, circus performers, DJs, artists, and so much more. We'll be announcing our first musicians and comedians shortly.

You can get your Earlybird tickets here.

We can't wait to welcome you to our paradise by the Wye!

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