When is the festival?
HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2019 is running from 24-27 May. Festival tickets will provide access to a huge range of events, including debates, talks, music, comedy, academy and late night parties.
How do I apply my discount?
You can apply all discounts at checkout. Select your discount from the drop down menu and click 'apply'. Only one discount can be used per ticket.
Where is the festival?
HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2019 is set in a magical location on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the river Wye in the famed book town of Hay. Specifically, the festival is around a 5 minute walk from The Globe at Hay, Newport St, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5BG.
Can children come to the festival?
Yes, and under 12s do not need a festival ticket to gain entry to the site.
Can I bring a campervan onto the campsite?
Unfortunately, due to licensing reasons and to ensure safe access to our festival pitches, we cannot allow vehicles on the campsite. This includes campervans.
I'm having problems buying my ticket
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I can no longer attend the festival, can I have a full refund?
Our terms and conditions, details of which you can find here, state that we cannot refund tickets.
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HowTheLightGetsIn is the world’s largest and most exciting philosophy and music festival – and we need YOU to make it happen!
Volunteering at HowTheLightGetsIn is an amazing way to get involved with the process of turning our vision into a reality, as well as an opportunity for you to enjoy the festival itself with minimal costs.
1. ACCESS. In return for their short daily shifts (typically between 5-6 hours), festival volunteers get a staff wristband giving them access to a whole range of debates, live music, film & comedy - not to mention insane discounts on the festival eateries and some of the visiting stall holders!
2. SKILLS & EXPERIENCE. Volunteering looks great on your CV and all of our volunteers can request a reference at the end of the festival for future employment. You'll get to network with festival organisers and gain an insight into the behind-the-scenes running of a large-scale event.
3. FUN. The team is always diverse, welcoming and up for having a lot of laughs, as well as working well together to keep the festival ticking. A lot of our volunteers come back year after year to have reunions and see the same friendly faces they got to know their first year volunteering.
HowTheLightGets Hay 2019 is set in a magical location on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the river Wye in the famed book town of Hay!
Newport St, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5BG
Want to get a taste of working in media and the arts from within the world’s largest philosophy and music festival?
The IAI Kick-Starter Programme gives young people considering a career in the media or creative industries the opportunity to gain valuable skills and work experience by volunteering as part of the Institute of Art and Ideas festival team. Successful applicants will play a key role in the production of HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2019, whilst learning new skills, meeting new friends and contacts, and gaining valuable knowledge and experience for their future careers. What’s more, Programme volunteers will receive a Staff wristband giving them access to festival debates, live music, film and comedy, as well as discounts at festival eateries and some festival stalls.
Places on the IAI Kick Starter Programme are available to people aged 18+ from around the UK and beyond. We currently have opportunities for those looking for experience in any of the following areas:
All applicants must be available between Tuesday 21st May and Monday 27th May. Some of the available volunteer places can include additional work experience at the IAI’s London office. Please note that whilst we will make every effort to place you in your preferred area of skills development, this may not always be possible and we reserve the right to offer you a place in a different area of the Programme if necessary.
Please apply using the form below. Include your CV and a short cover letter (no more than 150 words), expressing your interest and your preferred area of skills development.
If you have any questions about the Programme, please email email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you at the festival!
HowTheLightGets Hay 2019 is set in a magical location on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the river Wye in the famed book town of Hay!
Newport St, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5BG
If you would like to attend an event as a member of the press, you can apply for a press pass here.
If you would like to enquire about forming a media partnership, or if you have any further questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get a press pass?
All journalists must pre-register by filling in the above form to qualify for press accreditation. Complimentary press tickets are provided first to those working to commission. Press allocation is limited to 10% of the total audience.
We accredit a few photographers on signing an understanding agreement. Please contact email@example.com to apply.
Can I obtain recordings of events?
Footage of the event will be available online at www.iai.tv. This can be used with permission for syndication.
Can we film the event?
Access to the site can be made available for discreet crews. Filming in events is generally not permitted. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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375 City Rd, London, EC1V 1NB
Tel: 020 7837 3000
HowTheLightGetsIn is set in a magical location on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the river Wye in the famed book town of Hay.
We've grown since we started. But we've kept our intimate scale. Our venues are small enough to encourage real conversation, electric enough to make the dancing spin. The entire programme of HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2019 will take place from 24th-27th May on a newly expanded site that stretches across the beautiful banks of the River Wye.
If you've been to Hay, you'll know why this small town draws US Presidents and Nobel Prize winners, critics and intellectuals alike into its orbit. If you haven't, it's time to see what all the fuss is about.
The nearest railway station is Hereford, about 20 miles away. Our Travel Partner, GWR, runs trains to Hereford. Book your train travel now at GWR.com
Frequent buses run from Hereford to Hay-on-Wye (T14) throughout the festival. Or share a taxi with another festival visitor!
Nestled in an utterly idyllic and tranquil spot on the banks of the River Wye, against the backdrop of the Black Mountains, the Riverside Festival Market is at the heart of the festival. It takes place between 24th– 27thMay 2019 at HowTheLightGetsIn festival in Hay-on-Wye.
We are welcoming the very brightest, boldest and most innovative performers and traders, particularly those specialising in the unusual, the interesting and the extraordinary.
Craftspeople, designer-makers, artisan food producers, musicians, performers, purveyors of the weird and wonderful, we want to hear from you.
In 2019 we’re moving the entire festival over to the Riverside site so you can expect all of our festival venues in one stunning location that will be twice as busy as last year!
Please email (below) and we'll get back to you very shortly.
Just five weeks until HowTheLightGetsIn lands in Hay, and we've a host of new experiences for you at what is shaping up to be our best festival yet.
Opening onto a glorious stretch of the River Wye, our greatly expanded Riverside site hosts the festival with more venues than ever before. Twelve stages for music, comedy and debates through the day include new interactive Hat sessions, a dedicated Open Platform tent to dine with speakers, a Blue Moon acoustic tent, and an expanded Stage venue that stretches along the river with music and cabaret. A new Arena hosts our biggest debates and headline bands from the legendary Donovan to double Mercury prize and Brit Award nominee Anna Calvi. And with dancing and music in the Hat, the People's Front Room, the Waterfront and Riverside Disco, the late night party is going to be bigger than ever before.
And that's not all. We've a whole range of new gourmet delights at the Waterfront and the Fayre with a brand new Market featuring artisan food, cocktail bars, vintage clothing, and workshops, along with an expanded Spa in Bohemia and so much more. Check out the details here.
We can't wait!
Whether you’re after a spectacular four course banquet or a quick snack between sessions; exotic world foods, a glass of champagne or a slice of homemade cake, you’ll find a whole range of exceptional venues across the festival site.
Play on the Carousel, lose yourself on the Helter Skelter, and wonder at the Black Mountains from the Ferris Wheel. We're sure Wittgenstein would approve.
Who says we can’t bring the beach to the festival? Let the kids run free for hours of play in our ever-popular festival sandpit.
Live Site Entertainment
Catch our live entertainers around the site, ready to fill the kids with awe and delight.
Stay on our rolling riverside expanse on the banks of the glorious Wye, overlooked by the impressive Black Mountains. What better setting could there be for four days of intellectual fun?
Our range of accommodation options starts with self-pitched camping and extends to premium pre-pitched tents and our selection of luxury yurts.
Self pitch camping for 1
Pitch your own tent in an idyllic spot along the banks of the River Wye and stay close to all the festival action. A 3m x 3m pitch for 1 person.
Pre-pitched camping for 2
Camping without the hassle! Arrive on site to a perfectly pitched 1.5m x 2.75m tent for 2 people, complete with a double air-bed mattress.
Based on the traditional Mongolian dwellings, our luxury yurts offer hotel style accommodation and provide a cosy, dry haven to retreat into and rest up in between the jam-packed days and nights. With access to plenty of luxury showers, toilets and a pamper parlour, glamping never felt so decadent…
Please note that campervans are not permitted on site.
Be part of our most spectacular festival yet!
HowTheLightGetsIn is alive with ideas and imagination ... there’s something special in the air. Here’s your chance to bring your creative genius to the festival and help create an atmosphere of magic and wonder where everyone can think, talk, dance and play.
We'll be returning to the glorious setting of Hay-on-Wye with our most ambitious and spectacular programme yet. Over the course of four fun-filled days, the world's leading thinkers flock to our magical riverside festival site to discuss the biggest ideas of today alongside an exhilarating hand-picked music programme. And we want you to be a part of it.
Our festival is a space to let creative ideas run free. We are welcoming festival submissions of all kinds from performance pieces and games-makers, to workshop leaders or walkabout.
Whether it’s weird and wonderful, beautiful or bold, if you’ve got something special you’d like to share, we’d love to hear about it.
All submissions will be considered by our site and programming team; however, due to the large volume of applications we cannot respond to everyone. You are more likely to succeed if you have considered how your idea fits in with what we are trying to achieve with HowTheLightGetsIn – we’re not just another festival.
To submit a proposal please email email@example.com with as much detail as possible and our site team will get back to you.
Please be aware; you are responsible for your own install, workspace or performance area. This should be sturdy enough to withstand diverse weather conditions.
We cannot contribute to the costs of your project, and we do not allow the use of generators, sound-systems or amplified music.
For press information and passes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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