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BOOK NOW! ALSO Festival’s August Bank Holiday weekender

Tickets are now on sale for the UK's first socially-distanced, digitally-blended ideas festival celebrating its seventh year at beautiful Park Farm, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, Fri Aug 28 - Sun Aug 30.

Missed out on a summer of festivals? Fear not, Warwickshire’s leading UK ideas festival, ALSO, is defying the best efforts of a global pandemic to present Britain’s first socially-distanced, digitally-blended festival.

Tickets are now available as ALSO returns to Park Farm, Compton Verney, for its seventh year this weekend, Fri Aug 28– Sun Aug 30.

One of the UK’s smaller boutique festivals located in a beautiful 50-acre Capability Brown-landscaped lakeside setting in the countryside, it presents an expertly curated programme offering some of the best thinkers and their ideas, yoga, dining, comedy – and cool sounds.

This year’s theme is A Place in the Country. Festival-goers can look forward to a transformative weekend in nature, to reset, rebalance and to look together at some essential ideas of our time – for how we might live beyond summer. The event will be simultaneously live-streamed for those not able to attend in person.

Sustainability runs through the festival’s very core, and it’s programmed entirely by a co-operative of 10 equal partners in bringing together some of the leading thinkers and their ideas, music and audio adventures, great food and a newly expanded programme of clever comedy.

IDEAS

Distinguished speakers on the bill include the award-winning business psychologist Margaret Heffernan answering questions on how to chart the future in such times of uncertainty, and take a closer look at the speed of growth with the award-winning social geographer Prof Danny Dorling, who will be on hand to explain how we can make use of the coming ‘Slowdown’ and learn to look at information in a more truthful way. Classicist and Women’s Prize shortlisted author Natalie Haynes opens Pandora’s Jar in a world exclusive of her new book.

Philippa Perry on the lakeside stage

It’s another exclusive appearance for Sunday Times Best-selling author and psychotherapist Philippa Perry who will be answering questions about your most precious relationships under lockdown and easing back into the new normal.

Both Natalie and Philippa take the role of Agony Aunt, answering questions with advice from now and then in a brand new event Classic Guides through Complex Times’. Another exclusive is with Professor of Theoretical Physics from Trinity College, Cambridge, David Tong. He will be inviting guests to turn their gaze inwards to quantum fields and explore the building blocks of life itself.

Dr Dani Gordon

Adam Rutherford will be equipping us with the skills we need to Argue with a Racist, and Harvard-educated Dr Dani Gordon (author of THE CBD BIBLE: Cannabis and the Wellness Revolution That Will Change Your Life) explains how CBD could transform our physical and mental health.

Freelance fashion journalist Lauren Bravo (Cosmopolitan, Stylist, easyJet Traveller, Time Out,Delicious, the Telegraph and the Guardian) heads up the ‘fast fashion’ theme: making us look again at the industry of clothes, before going in-depth with fashion designer and writer Sophie Lewis, for those who want to enjoy fashion without damaging the planet, award-winning broadcaster, author and psychology lecture Claudia Hammond invites us all to take another look at our relationship with rest and recovery in The Art of Rest.

DINING

In-festival, Basque restaurant and wine bar, Getaria, offers a perfect lakeside deli for ALSO Social – they’ll be putting together hampers for people to take down to the lake for a socially-distanced A Place in the Country picnic, with live music and the invitation to make your individual place in the country as magnificent as possible.

There’s also food from Pizza Love and Red Banger, and the best coffee and espresso martinis from the boys at Stop The Press Café.

MUSIC LINE-UP

 Afrikan Boy performing last summer

No festival is complete without a little music and ALSO’s offering has been programmed by the expert ear of Juliet Russell (ITV’s The Voice). Artists range from critically acclaimed folk artist Jasmine Rodgers to ALSO favourites Miss Baby Sol, and Lip Sync Champions. Marcos Santana and his amazing bubble of Tribo samba drummers will bring carnival vibes to Friday night – for (socially-distanced) dance.

Closing the main stage on Saturday night, Richard Norris presents Music For Healing – warm and hypnotic deep listening electronics, alongside live motion graphics from Bill Borez AKA Blue Carbon.

Seeking different vibes, chill out to acoustic sessions on our Lake Stage, including the beautiful sounds of flamenco guitar providing the perfect backdrop to the Getaria picnic. This year, DJs take to the Rum Shack to get you up and dancing with acres of space to boogie on down.

COMEDY

ALSO would not be the same without its Friday night Frenchman, Marcel Lucont, socially distant before it was cool. He’s back with another riotous show, Cabaret Fantastique. Other comedy offerings include John Luke Roberts’ hilarious Chaucer walk.

WELLBEING

If the excess proves too much for some, ALSO serves as the ultimate wellness retreat. Why not take the edge off and de-stress with candlelit yoga?

SATURDAY’S SOCIALLY DISTANT SUNSET HAPPENING

Capturing the ALSO communal spirit, festival-goers will make their mark in the Saturday Socially Distant Sunset Happening – a site-wide lantern event with Citrus Arts. At sunset, forming constellations of gathering points for each bubble of friends and family, a trail of flame and rope will spread across the site as each lantern is illuminated – with a special finale at the end.

KIDS

Professor David Tong’s Quantum Theory for Kids is sure to ignite a scientific passion within the festival’s younger visitors.

Elsewhere bushcraft, hula hoop workshops, fairy and elf house building, storytelling, family yoga, dance, flower crowns, raft building, DIY Den Building (guided by an ex-Marine Commando), wild swimming and a host of other activities and have-a-go experiences all purposely and Covid-consciously designed for their entertainment, freedom and adventure.

Lantern parade

ABOUT ALSO

Hostesses with the most-ess: festival co-founders Helen Bagnall and Juliet Russell resplendent in their gorgeous print jumpsuits

Founded by Salon London, the festival brings together leading revolutionary minds for a weekend of forward-thinking discussions. Taking place in 50- acres of beautiful Capability Brown landscaped grounds are open for festivalgoers to learn, explore, swim and relax in. Across the weekend the festival welcomes professors, authors, theorists, comedians and more to share their ideas and bring them to life in a live setting.

Like the location, ALSO’s programming encourages experiences without constraints, whether checking out new bands, artists and audio adventures, wine tastings and cocktail makings, wild swimming, forest bathing, have-a-go workshops or lakeside picnic.

Cost: Day tickets start at £25 and weekend tickets at £125, Available here.

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