Our performers will work their magic throughout a host of magical venues across our beautiful riverside site. Each venue offers its own distinctive atmosphere.

The Hat

Our biggest music venue will be the beating heart of the Festival Site. During the day you can kick back and enjoy a programme of intimate acoustic gigs from up-and-coming acts; once the sun goes down, dance the night away with a line-up of world-beating artists.


HowTheLightGetsIn’s expansive International tent transforms into a headline music venue in the evenings, with group outfits and soloists of all stripes.


When evening falls, the IAI Arena erupts with our Live music and performance programme, graced by some of our headline acts.

Dance Tent

As the name suggests, the Dance Tent's raison d'etre is to keep the party going quite literally from noon till night, with non-stop disco conjured by a rotating set of skilled DJs.

The People's Front Room

The People’s Front Room is an inspiring music collective driven by the desire to create spaces of celebration and nourish creativity. Having honed their performance with appearances at the likes of Glastonbury, Boomtown, and Bestival, The People’s Front Room look set to bring the house down at Hay.

The Stage

The cosy Stage venue houses our Festival Bookshop, café, a champagne bar and an intimate acoustic stage. Browse the books, find a sofa and a glass of wine, and enjoy the best up-and-coming musical talent that England and Wales have to offer. When night falls, our glamorous cabaret acts arrive to inject some panache into proceedings.

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