HowTheLightGetsIn reveals full music line-up for 2019

 HowTheLightGetsIn reveals full music line-up for 2019

HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest philosophy and music festival gathering Nobel Prize winners, politicians and comedians together with the hottest music performers, has today announced its full music programme for this year’s festival, May 24th-27th 2019.

Last year’s music lineup was praised in a five-star review in The Independent, and this year HTGLI is thrilled to announce a spectacular programme to celebrate its 10th anniversary year, with over 100 musicians and performers across six stages.

“Who would have thought that a philosophy festival could be so entertaining?… The music lineup would shame your average summer festival ”
★★★★★

The Independent

HowThelightGetsIn’s first headline act is double Mercury Prize and Brit Award nominee Anna Calvi, who burst onto the music scene in 2011 with her award-winning debut album.

Anna Calvi’s spectacular live performances, with her operatic voice and virtuoso guitar playing, have left audiences spellbound: hardly surprising that she has since collaborated with everyone from Noah and the Whale to Morrissey, along with art-rock legend Brian Eno who described Calvi as ‘the best thing since Patti Smith.’

HTLGI’s 10th-anniversary line-up also includes unique indie outfit British Sea Power, who boast admirers from Lou Reed to David Bowie.

British Sea Power have played everywhere from on top of the Great Wall of China to underground CERN atomic research labs, and their penchant for spectacular live locations takes them to the Wye Valley this May.

t’s not surprising that the intensity and invention of the band’s shows have earned them Time Out magazine’s Live Band of the Year award.

Also headlining the festival is folk-rock hero, psychedelic troubadour and tutor to the Beatles Donovan, whose eclectic and genre-defying songwriting defined an era.

He’s collaborated with everyone from Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones, to Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and super-producer Rick Rubin. Along the way, his poetic lyrics have earned him comparisons to Blake, Donne and Yeats, while George Harrison cited him as a key influence on The White Album.

He has been inaugurated into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, received the Ivor Novello Award, and in 2018 was honoured with a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award for Folk Music.

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Platinum selling, Mercury-Prize nominated trip-hop legends Zero 7 will be performing a DJ set, fresh from their collaboration with José González.

Their seminal album Simple Things featured vocals from Sia alongside blissful synths, dappled melodies and assured electronics, and had an astonishing impact on the British music scene – standout singles ‘Destiny’ and ‘In the Waiting Line’ have racked up 11 million plays in the UK alone.

Elsewhere, academic-turned-superstar DJ Ewan Pearson will bring his genre-blending beats fresh from the dancefloors of Ibiza and Berlin.

Dubbed ‘the Venus Williams of the DJ world’ by The Guardian, he’s worked with the likes of Ladytron, Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp and Gwen Stefani.

Pearson’s sets are a wildly brilliant swirl of slick underground sounds that will have you dancing from dusk ‘til dawn.

Irresistible electro swing duo The Correspondents, consistently ranked in The Telegraph’s top ten Glastonbury moments for their flamboyant stage presence and visually bonkers mash-up of all things dance, will return to HowTheLightGetsIn for what promises to be a unique party like no other.

Every year since 2009, the majestic Blaenavon Male Voice Choir have closed the festival, and the 10th anniversary year will be no different.

There’s never a dry eye – or spare inch – in the house, and 2019’s performance will be no exception as Wales’ premier choir take the stage for a wonderfully magic performance. ‘Show-stopping’ (LA Times)

Other acts include critically-acclaimed Britfolk pin-up Roo Panes, coming to HTLGI with 120 millon Spotify plays and a ranking in Q magazine’s insider’s guide to new folk music under his belt.

High-energy hedonists Savage Disco will be bringing their signature mix of strip-club spectacle and polysexual party grooves that has earned them notoriety as London’s fiercest club night.

Secret location adventurers Alfresco Disco will return as resident curators of the Riverside Disco for an extraordinary beat-driven bash.

And let’s not forget Rock & Roll scion Joolz Jones, grandson of Brian Jones, who has been touring since 2015 with his step-grandfather Donvan and will open for him again at HTLGI.

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