Past HowTheLightGetsIn events have been presided over by the likes of musical icon in-the-making Sandi Thom, Starsailor frontman James Walsh, gypsy dance masters Molotov Jukebox, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and two of Britain's greatest DJs Mr. Scruff and Andrew Weatherall.


We have just released Festival Live Tickets which will be available at an Earlybird rate until we announce this year's line up in 2015. They give you unlimited access to all of our live music, comedy acts and late-night parties for the whole festival and come as 3-day or 11-day passes.


Here are Just a Few of the Outstanding Performers

coming to HowTheLightGetsIn 2014...


Mr. Scruff

The tea-guzzling, cartoon-doodling producer, recording artist and veteran DJ formerly known as Andy Carthy will need no introduction for anyone with a serious party appetite. With more than half a million album sales under his belt, and everyone from Nightmare on Wax to Madonna declaring their love, Scruff may be the UK’s most in-demand DJ. Expect an unforgettable smorgasbord of funk, soul, Latin, 2 Tone and ska.


“A quest through multiple genres to the outer-corners of the musical spectrum and beyond...Epic” Clash


Andrew Weatherall

There is arguably no dance music pioneer who has had a greater impact on popular music than Andrew Weatherall. As well as residing in the pantheon of the greatest Djs of all time, he also produced Primal Scream's seminal Screamadelica and has remixed pretty much everybody. With truly catholic musical tastes, from rock to techno, the Lower Gallery hosts a one-of-a-kind session here. 

"Andrew Weatherall has charted a singular course through British popular music" NME


James Walsh

As frontman of Starsailor, James Walsh has sold over 3 million albums and played the world’s megavenues. His haunting solo work developed out of a collaboration with rock legend Suzanne Vega, has seen him record with a chamber orchestra in the Arctic circle, and has taken him on tour with the likes of Simple Minds.


“Emotive… menacing… compulsive” The Express


The Hoosiers

Having sold over a million records through Sony, and achieved the smash hit singles Goodbye Mr. A, Worried About Ray, Choices and top 10 album The Illusion Of Safety, The Hoosiers are back to show the world that they mean business.

"Their latest album The News From Nowhere is definitely a game changer” WhatCulture

Sandi Thom

Since topping the charts with ‘I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)’, platinum selling Sandi Thom has reinvented herself as a songwriter of breathtaking emotional honesty. Expect raw blues, heartbreaking soul and Ivor Novello Award-winning lyrics from a musical icon in-the-making.


“Authentic and intimate” Independent


Emmy the Great

After a stint in Noah and The Whale, Emmy The Great went solo with a debut release that made the New York Times Album of the Year list. She has more A-grade collaborations under her belt than you can shake an anti-folk stick at, from Ash to Johnny Flynn, and runs her own record label. Razor-sharp lyrics and room-rocking energy.


“One of the boldest young writers in pop… concoctions of lyrical dynamite” Guardian


Molotov Jukebox

Fronted in stunningly flamboyant style by movie star, fashion icon and musician Natalia Tena, Molotov Jukebox are a relentlessly fiery gypsy dance masters with an infectious party vibe. Natalia’s provocative, sultry vocals slink across beautiful harmonies and powerful pop hooks, woven by brazen trumpet and decadent violin, all driven along by a brutally tight, pounding rhythm section. Unmissable.

"They should be the house-band in a 1920s French brothel, crammed into a bedroom corner, stomping their Balkan feet in time to every stinking, drunken stroke" The Fly


The Destroyers
A 15 piece polka-dotted runaway orchestra built from wailing brass, frenzied strings and wild guitars, The Destroyers promise to bring a euphoric riot of sound and fury toHowTheLightGetsIn. Stereokill says The Destroyers are the “best band you’ll hear all year”,Clash says they’re “seductively dangerous”, and Songlines calls them a “massive tour de force”. Don’t miss your chance to find out why.


Mr. Scruff

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James Walsh

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Sandi Thom

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Molotov Jukebox

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3MPH are an acoustic trio playing original material. Formed in the summer of 2012, the band members have been playing together for over 20 years so have a natural rapport with each other. Their songs have been described as an eclectic mix of styles and genre covering anything from Blues to Rock, Country to Folk and anything in between. The band have just finished recording their debut album which will be available in the next few months. See them play on Saturday 24th at 1.45pm on The Pavilion stage.

Ivo Graham

Winning the So You Think You’re Funny title at the tender age of 18, Graham is a precociously talented stand-up with a wonderful command of language.

Rik James

Rik James is a singer songwriter playing mostly original material. His songs range from psychedelic folk, to alternative pop.  With political messages and environmentally aware lyricism Rik fuses his ideas into song – he has also had two books of poems published.  See Rik perform at 11:30am on Monday 26th May.

Abi Wade

Her reinvention of the cello and the vast array of sounds that it can make characterises Abi Wade’s mesmerising live show, which is truly one of a kind.

Jack Cheshire

Jack Cheshire studied music in Liverpool before releasing his debut, Allow It To Come On, to critical acclaim. He recently released his third album, Long Mind Hotel.

RM Hubbert

El Hombre Trajeado founder RM Hubbert gained renown for his exceptional technical magic as a guitarist. He has just released his third solo album, Breaks and Bone.

Ahir Shah

A Cambridge Footlights alumnus and So You Think You’re Funny Finalist, Ahir Shah’s stand-up is “charismatic and of rewardingly cerebral approach” (Guardian).

James Walsh

James Walsh shot to fame in Starsailor, selling more than 3 million albums. As a solo artist, he has collaborated with Suzanne Vega and toured with Simple Minds.

Rosie Wilby

A “talented performer” (Evening Standard) of stand-up comedy with full shows on subjects ranging from feminism to monogamy, Wilby is also a broadcaster and musician with a “glorious” voice.

Al Green

Alistair Green’s makes dark observations on life’s humdrum “fully deserves his underground reputation as the comedian’s comedian” (Three Weeks).

Jay Scott and the Find

Jay Scott & The Find is an exciting new act – infectious indie rock, powerfully pretty pop songs, and a live show that has earned the boys a loyal fan base. In March 2014, the boys completed their first record, with Steve Power (Blur, Robbie Williams, Feeder, Ray LaMontagne, British Sea Power) at the helm, recording at Abbey Road Studios and Angelic Studios. The album will be available mid-2014.  Steve – no stranger to hit records; with more than 40 million sold – has said “It’s a long time since anyone brought me an unsigned band with a first album of greatest hits”.  See them play on Saturday 24th at 12.45pm and on the 25th at 1.45pm on The Pavilion stage.

Sally Crosby

Music is in Sally Crosby’s blood: following the example of her grandmother, a church organist, Sally took up the piano when she was five years old and quickly found a flair for it. Coming a long way from singing carols in her rural Welsh community, now aged 21, Sally Crosby’s songs are largely guitar-based, an instrument she taught herself at the age of 15. She confesses the guitar isn’t her ‘best’ instrument, second not only to the piano but the violin. For two years she was a member of folk-rock band The Rambling Pilgrims as violinist.  Now setting off on her solo career as a self-proclaimed ‘folk-pop singer-songwriter’ Sally is incredibly passionate about the music she creates: to her it has to be truthful and honest (even if sometimes that means everyone knowing her biggest secrets!). Her voice ranges from a low alto to a high pipe and twists intriguingly and captivatingly. With a single, First World, already under her belt, Sally is working on the recording of her first EP, due for release 2014.  See her play on the 24th at 2.30pm on The Stage and at 11:30am on The Stage the next day.

Alex Kealy

Reaching the final of So You Think You’re Funny in his first year of stand-up, Alex Kealy is “hugely funny” (Broadway Baby).

Jazz Morley

Jazz Morley is the story of an exceptional voice, attracting attention from Music Week, a Grammy-winning production team and the London 2012 Olympics.

Sam Fletcher

One-time technician to Tim Key and an innovative multimedia stand-up in his own right, Sam Fletcher’s shows are “an absolutely delightful way to spend an hour” (Fest) and have earned him a nomination for Edinburgh Best Newcomer.

Alexis Taylor

Producer, DJ and songwriter a co-founder of Grammy-nominated pop group Hot Chip, and member of improvised/non-improvised music project About Group.

Jesse Eve and the Brackish Breeze

Described as ‘avant-garde campfire folk’ by Alex Valentine, poet-slash-artist-slash-singer Jessie and her band sound like music from the hills – which they are. Pure, clear, and perfect as a Black Mountain spring.

Sandi Thom

Since Sandi found fame with Wish I was a Punk Rocker, she’s supported George Michael, Snow Patrol and The Proclaimers, performed everywhere from The X Factor to SXSW, and duetted with Alex Salmond.

Alfie Brown

Alfie Brown’s provocative comedy comes not just from pushing boundaries but engaging with them too; Chortle suggests that he “could become one of the most important, incisive comedians of his generation.”

John Kearns

A lunatic character act - “at least for his sake, I hope it’s a character” (Scotsman) - and “true comedy original” (Time Out) whose surreal debut won 2013’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer.

Sara Pascoe

Smart and surreal, Sara Pascoe made the finals of So You Think You’re Funny in her first year of stand-up and since then has performed on Live at the Apollo and starred in The Thick of It and Being Human.

Alison Levi

Alison Levi has recently finished scoring the soundtrack for a US horror film and was picked as one of StagedoorFM’s ones to watch for 2014. Her debut EP is out later this year.

John Robins

An exceptionally talented storyteller, Robins has been called “comedy’s best kept secret” (Skinny) and has performed on Russell Howard’s Good News as well as writing for BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz.

Secrets of Kaplan

Secrets of Kaplan, a name which derives from the Alfred Hitchcock film “North by Northwest”, is a female-fronted four-piece rock soul band from Yorkshire. We are committed to creating material that is original and fresh, infusing gritty rock and roll with the power of soul and pop, that guarantees to pack a punch. Yet we also love to play acoustic sets, stripping back our music for those smaller venues that gives our music a much more intimate feel. We have been featured on Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 4, BBC Introducing York, BBC Introducing Leeds and Best of British Unsigned Music who stated 'Secrets of Kaplan are going to have a big 2014' and we hope that you will be able to help us to make this statement a reality.  See them play on Wednesday 28th at 1:30pm on The Stage and also on Thursday 29th May at 5:30pm on The Stage.

Ana Silvera

Sensational singer-songwriter Ana Silvera has performed with the ENO, and at the Roundhouse with Imogen Heap, and collaborated with an Estonian choir on the ‘song cycle’ Oracles.

Jonny Pelham

A finalist in - deep breath - Chortle Student Comedian of the Year, So You Think You’re Funny and BBC Radio New Comedian, Pelham’s “perfect timing” (Chortle) is set to make him a star.


Sera has been named BBC Wales Artist of the Week, has collaborated with all the hottest emerging talent in Wales and has opened for Mumford and Sons.

Andrew Weatherall

Andrew Weatherall has been making waves since his collaboration with Primal Scream turned the fortunes of the band right around. His latest album is Ruled by Passion, Destroyed By Lust.

Joseph Morpurgo

An astonishingly good improviser - evinced by his work with hit literary-themed improv troupe Austentatious - Morpurgo’s solo character comedy is “an absolute revelation” (Fest).

Seren the Heron

Seren the Heron, (Seren Thomas) is an eighteen-year-old songwriter from South Powys, Wales. She began to write her own material after attending the Green Man Festival in 2012, where she was inspired by the likes of The Tallest Man On Earth. She recorded her first EP, "No Sleep” in April 2013, and was featured as Bethan Elfyn's BBC Introducing Artist of the Week a month later. Last summer she played a number of small festivals including Funny As Folk Festival, Folk on the Lawn and LinDhu Gathering and she is currently recording her first album.  See Seren perform on Wednesday 28th May at 12:30pm on The Stage and on Thursday 29th on The Stage at 1:30pm.

Ben Target

With its unique physical comedy and a wild, unpredictable final twist, Ben Target’s debut hour Discover Ben Target earned the comedian stellar reviews and an Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for Best Newcomer.

Josephine and the Artisans

Bored with the pop/classical divide, Josephine assembled her crew of classically-trained musicians and rappers, and they found their unique operatic hip-hopera sound.


This Balkan collective met with immediate chemistry, and have evolved into a travelling circus of a live act which has taken them from Green Man to Glastonbury.

Blind River Scare

Blind River Scare play original Americana & Alt-Country tinged bitter-sweet songs. Promoting releases such as 'Killing Time' & 'The Straight and True' in the good old fashioned way has seen Blind River Scare travel the length and breadth of the country in doing so creating a distinct niche for themselves on the UK music scene. Blind River Scare will be playing HowTheLightGetsIn as a trio comprising :- Tim Manning - Vocals/Acoustic Guitar, Chris Tweed - Pedal/Lap Steel & Stuart Loosemore - Upright Bass and will be featuring songs off their latest CD 'The Point Of No Return'. See them on Saturday 24th at 3pm on The Pavilion stage.

Keiron the Mighty

Kieron Johnson’s work is a blending of the bizarre and the beautiful. He has worked with the BBC and Harry Hill, and his skill has received recognition from both Derren Brown and Uri Geller.


After graduating from the Cambridge Footlights, Sheeps took their subversive and erudite comedy to Edinburgh, garnering rave reviews from Chortle and The Guardian.


Founded in 1910, the Blaenavon Male Voice Choir has toured Wales and California, and has closed every HTLGI, leaving audiences wet-eyed and awe-struck each time.


Led by Tom and Nicky Jaques, a brother sister duo who co-write original material, combining sonorous 2 part vocal harmonies with dynamic guitar and piano textures. Supporting Clarinet and Tenor sax lines are interwoven within the soundscape creating depth as the songs evolve. KeyGreen will be performing their new set at the Globe on both Sunday 25th May at 12.45 at the Pavilion and Sunday the 1st of June at 12noon on the Stage.

Sion Russell Jones

Debut album And Suddenly propelled Siôn Russell Jones to musical fame. He has played across the UK, US and Canada, and is working on a new EP.

Bob Evans

Been asked to provide a C.V. To tell you a little of me. To educate you, ‘Bout what I can do When I am on stage, what you’ll see. I am a singer/songwriter. Some songs are dark and some lighter. Bob Evans, the name, With no claim to fame, Although I’m a versatile blighter. I’ve written a number of songs, Some are quite short, others are long.  And others songs are Just about guitars. How having a lot isn’t wrong.  I’m playing 3:15 in Hay, Bank Holiday Monday in May. “How The Light Gets In” That’s when I begin To demonstrate what I can play.

Kizzy Crawford

Taken from her debut EP 'Temporary Zone', the single 'The Starling' gained Kizzy her first BBC 6Music AirPlay as well as 'Single & Artist of the Week' on BBC Radio Wales.

Sixteen Tambourines

An indie disco playing songs from The Smiths to the Stone Roses with a smattering of 60s favourites. Expect to dance your socks off, sing your heart around and jump around like you just don't care.


Brentlee broke the ice playing around the open mic circuit in Shropshire. His talent shone and he was soon 'spotted' by local celebrity musicians, Miles Hunt of The Wonderstuff and Tony McPhee of The Groundhogs.

Laid Blak

After meeting in Bristol’s 1990s rave and jungle scene, Laid Blak merged their musical influences into a live act that has become a festival essential.

Smerins Anti-Social Club

Epic and explosive big-band action from the awe-inspiring Smerins Social Club, who have fired up festival audiences nationwide and had tracks commissioned by 6 Music. Their eight-piece lineup use the raw ingredients of ska, funk, dub, drum’n'bass and swing to full effect in their big, brass-heavy instrumentals. Colourful, energetic and truly floor-trembling.

Brett Goldstein

An actor (Uncle, Ricky Gervais’ Derek), writer (Stand Up for the Week) and stand-up comic, Brett Goldstein is a “captivating” (Chortle) storyteller.

Les Coveney

Les Coveney is a folk singer based in Mid-Wales. Accompanying himself on guitar, mandola and harmonica, he mixes original songs with a selection of the best folk and contemporary material around. Songs that tell stories, songs that make you smile. Some to listen to, others to sing along with. All of them to enjoy! See Les play on Saturday 31st at 1:30pm on The Stage.

Sonia Hammond

Sonia Hammond is a sensitive and highly versatile musician, equally comfortable with Western classical repertoire, world music and improvisation. She was a student at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music before embarking on a career as a freelance musician, performing and recording in a wide variety of venues including theatres, clubs & folk festivals. Her involvement with Camphill Communities reaches back more than 25 years, and she regularly plays for Eurythmy in the UK, Europe and South Africa. Sonia gives recitals both as a soloist and with the Castalia and Peregrine String Quartets. She is currently principal cello with the Brecknock Sinfonia and also performs regularly with Radnor Improvisors. See Sonia play on Friday 30th May at 6.30pm on The Stage.

By The Rivers

Playing original British Reggae tunes infused with upbeat pop, By The Rivers have wowed audiences across the world. Folllowing a summer of non-stop festival performances they were named by the BBC as ‘future stars of the pyramid stage’.

Liam Williams

Away from his duties as one-third of sketch game-changers Sheeps, Williams has also had meteoric success as a stand-up and was runner-up in So You Think You’re Funny?

Soul Urban Poet

Soul Urban Poet is quite simply a poet, who fell in love with Hip-Hop and created his own style of Urban Poetry. He incorporates rap and spoken word pieces. He has performed live up and down the country at various venues, and supported such artists as, the UK Hip-Hop heavyweight ‘Skinnyman’, Tim Westwood, and radio 1xtras Charlie sloth. Soul Urban poet defines the new generation of UK hip-hop artists who seek to do away the lazy lyrical clichés that have plagued the genre for years, by providing uplifting, emotive, thought provoking and ambition filled lyrics.  See him perform on Monday 26th at 12:30pm on The Stage.

Cariad Lloyd

Talented character comedian Cariad Lloyd was nominated for best newcomer at the 2011 Edinburgh Comedy Awards and in 2013 had her own online BBC comedy feed, The Cariad Show.


LineRunners perform original material with a highly distinctive sound and style. Influenced by the likes of Nick Cave, Joy Division, Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire, Alabama 3. Ian Dury and P J Harvey. One reviewer described them as "A hybrid of 60,s west coast legends Jefferson Airplane and 80,s Liverpool moptops Echo & The Bunnymen". They appeal to anyone who appreciates edgy, thoughtful, dark, original music.  See them live on 31st at 11:30am and on the 1st at 3.30pm on The Stage.


SOUNDSTORM are veteran performers at Brecon Fringe with performances at Cardiff Mardi Gras(Main Stage closing the event !), Deptford festival, Caerphilly Big Cheese, Market Drayton, Oxjam veterans also. Supported great bands such as Dr. Feelgood, Chikinki, Last Republic. We're a pop rock quartet who write original music. Recorded our debut album produced by Andy Whitmore, now writing for a new album. See Soundstorm play at 7:30pm on The Pavilion stage.

Carrie Tree

Having gained a cult following at Glastonbury, Sunrise and Shambala, Carrie Tree has won over collaborators including Damien Rice, Martha Tilston and Carly Simon.

Little Eris

Little Eris is South Wales’ own homegrown electro pop miracle, a sparkling glitch fairy of the urban woods.  She will be performing with Adam Johannes, who is becoming a well known underground political philosopher poet; he has collaborated with Eris a lot over the years and is a unique performer and my co-host of the unemployed disco, our dancer Serafina should be coming too. See this eccentric electric performance at 6:30pm on Tuesday 27th May.

Spoken Mirror

There's a Monster in the Lake

Written by Tallulah Brown. Directed by Lily Ashley. An elderly man goes missing from his rehabilitation centre, exasperated by soft bread and set mealtimes. His two daughters go in search of him, eventually finding him in the woods, where he has struck an enticing deal with the devil. Surrounded by a seductive Queen and a bureaucratic wolf preoccupied with health and safety, will they be able to persuade him to come home? Come see the performance on Friday May 30th at 2:30pm in the Stage.

Chris Coltrane

A stand-up comedian, writer and activist, Chris Coltrane runs the comedy club Lolitics and has been hailed as "The future of British political comedy" ~Mark Thomas.

London Afrobeat Collective

Inspired by Fela Kuti’s activism as much as his music, this searing, bassy London crew have rocked festivals from Glastonbury and Shambala to Secret Garden Party.

State of Play

State of Play are a high energy, seven piece band, and together they map a vast musical territory and are capable of evoking, in the space of just a few bars, the laid back neo-soul swagger of The Roots, the wearied tenderness of Lauryn Hill, or the raw drive of Rage Against the Machine. See SOP on Monday 26th at 6:30pm on The Stage.

Chris Difford

Double Ivor Novello Award-winning Difford has written some of the best-loved songs of our time including Up The Junction and Cool For Cats with band Squeeze. A former manager of Bryan Ferry, he's also penned lyrics for Elton John and Jools Holland.

Lou Sanders

A “bonkers” (Time Out) whirlwind of energy on stage, comedian Lou Sanders also has the imagination and strength of writing to draw audiences into her surrealism and story-telling.

Steve Rodgers

Steve Rodgers, singer songwriter, has been busy this year recording his much requested second LP. His songs reflect his passion for life's depth, mystery and wonder, recorded with his new band of like-minded musicians. Critics compare his music to a mix of Jack Johnson, Paolo Nutini and Cat Stevens.  Steve grew up surrounded by great music and at a young age he used to listen to LP's from his father's eclectic record collection, mostly blues records, The Beatles and his favourite, Led Zeppelin.  See him play on Wednesday 28th at 3.30pm on The Stage.

Christian Pattemore

From respected session musician to Alan McGee mentee, Christian Pattemore’s solo work has seen him play at Green Man to rapturous audiences.

Louise Ford

One half of double act Ford and Akram - “an intriguing spectacle” (List) - Louise Ford is a gifted character comedian who has also starred in Sky 1’s Chickens and Channel 4’s Misfits.

Stewart Noise

Stewart Noise is an electro swing DJ who blends old with the new whilst dancing around on stage in the way only a 1920's drunkard would after one too many cocktails. Swinging saxophones, stomping beats, and a toy instruments all feature in his rather fun sets. Look out for some well known songs given the 'electro swing' make over in a special set just for you guys! Follow the chap on twitter: @StewartNoise. See him play on Monday 26th at 5.30pm on The Stage.

Christian Pattermore and Phil Andrews

“A talent to watch” is how Alan McGee describes musician Christian Pattemore. From his home in Mid-Wales, this seriously talented singer/songwriter has taken his music to a new level, combining a supernatural salute to early West Coast Folk/Rock with a fresh and timeless energy. A multi-faceted session musician in the Bristol and Bath scene of the early 2000’s, Christian has worked with a number of well-known artists.  See him play solo on the 24th at 6.30pm on The Stage and alongside Phil Andrews on 31st May at 12.45pm on The Pavilion Stage.

Lydia Jane Pugh

Hailing from the Island of Guernsey, multi-instrumentalist Lydia Jane Pugh creates music which is beautiful and image-inducing, soaring into the very heart of it's listeners. Her songs are versatile and encompassing, merging folk sounds with 'jazz-n-roll' and always a sense of poetry. Her relaxed stage presence and effortless audience interaction always makes for an enjoyable experience, and her original material merged with her interpretive covers works to build a fantastic and wonderful atmosphere. See Lydia on the 28th at 5:30pm on The Stage and again on the 29th at 12:30pm on The Stage.

Tako Lako

Tako Lako are a critically acclaimed Danish psychadelic gypsy band; they recently wowed crowds at Glastonbury, SXSW and Roskilde Festival with live performances from their award-winning debut album.

Clare Ferguson-Walker

Clare Ferguson-Walker is a multi slam winning poet and comedienne who has travelled all around the U.K and Ireland delivering her punchy, humorous, open hearted and thought provoking verse. Clare has the ability to weave complex imagery from subjects as diverse as drone bombing to still having spots in her thirties and has been known to make people cry and laugh almost simultaneously. She will be supporting Phil Jupitus (who describes her as “Insanely talented”) again this year at the Edinburgh Fringe and her new collection “Ghost Writer” has just be launched to at least one rave review!!  See Clare on Tuesday 27th May at 12:30pm on The Stage.

Maddie Jones

Cardiff’s Big Gig 2013 was the beginning of great things for Maddie Jones, who has played across the UK and is currently recording with cult producer Charlie Francis.


With fans at the BBC, a sellout UK tour and a Brits afterparty gig under their belt, Tantz’s floor-filling klezmer mayhem shows no signs of wearing out.

Climbing Trees

Pioneers of the 'Cymrucana' scene, South Wales four-piece Climbing Trees formed in the summer of 2011 before being named 'BBC Introducing Band of the Week' in January 2013 after coming to the attention of BBC Radio Wales.

Manière des Bohémiens

Fused by their eclectic musical influences, Manière des Bohémiens have toured the backstreets to Paris and Berlin and the best of the UK’s festival circuit.

The Anna Young Band

Anna Young is a Bristol based songwriter originally from London. Most recently Anna has made the move from being a solo artist to playing with a band, who have added their own creative spin on the songs, filling the songs with driving rhythms and sensitive guitar melodies. The band have been gigging at venues and festivals in the South West, including Bath's One World Festival. Her debut EP 'Silly Heart' was a journey of love and longing, and was very well received, with radio airplay in Bristol and Wales. Anna's songs are beautifully crafted, honest and linger in the heart and mind long after she has left the stage.  See Anna Young and her band perform on Friday 23rd May at 6pm on The Stage and again on Saturday 24th at 12:30pm, also on The Stage.

Coco and the Butterfields

A unique blend of folk, pop and hip-hop has taken Coco and the Butterfields from concert halls to Rome, and a cool quarter-million YouTube views.

Marcus Reeves

Writer and performer Marcus Reeves’ performance career spans work as an actor, stand-up comic, singer songwriter and performance poet. As part of London’s alternative cabaret scene he has performed alongside such luminaries as David Hoyle, Dickie Beau and Jonny Woo to name a few.  See Marcus perform at 2pm on Friday 30th on The Pavilion.

The Bones of St James

The Bones of Saint James bring lyrical quality and danceable rythm back into the 21st century, think The Kinks, Squeeze, they also drive it home with intricate guitar bass and "drum". Infectious and already unique, singer James Bones hails from Cardiff and Camden and combines the patois of both with some child like scenarios as played out in hi solo album "Joy of a boy", the insertion of accomplished jazz punk drum and bass to the songs has put them among the top bands in Wales. See them perform on Saturday 31st at 6.30pm on The Stage.


After releasing for some of the most influential labels in the world -Cocoon, Rekids, Playhouse’s Klang Electronik- Deepgroove have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with amongst the legion of global tech and house devotees.

Mark Montinaro

"Often silly, occasionally serious, always pretentious."  (His Mum).  As well as providing storytelling links to the Shamoncies music, Mark is also doing a solo spot of performance poetry this year.  "I don`t do poetry, I just write stuff. Sometimes it rhymes."  The working title is, "Toilet Reading". Don`t take it too seriously; relax and enjoy someone else making an idiot of themselves. A mixture of comedy and serious, Mark hopes there is a little something for everyone to enjoy without pandering to anyone in particular.  See him perform on Wednesday 28th March at 2.30pm on The Stage.

The Company of Fools

Raymond (Dirty Ray) Weatherill singer and songwriter, formerly of Immaculate Fools. Adam Fuest ,guitarist and producer who’s list of people he has recorded and played with is endless. Currently playing with Blancmange. Linda Lamb is a singer who has sung back ups for Nina Hagen and co-wrote many songs with French electro artist Vitalic. Put them together and you get Company of Fools. Acoustic but not quiet. Dirty folk with a touch of noise.

Dirty Ray

Dirty Ray was the singer/songwriter with the band Immaculate Fools back in the 80's/90's. He now works soloand also is involved with various musical collaborations with other artists such as Company Of Fools , Weatherill&Lamb SwampBone and Pre Sleep Monologue. hard to describe his music, idiosyncratic , blues based , dirty folk type stuff. Has been described as between Tom Waits and Richie Havens. It's also been said that he's like Marmite. Love him or hate him he intends to play on until he drops. he now lives on a Welsh hill farm less than half an hour from the Globe in Hay On Wye. Visitors welcome, the kettle is always on and there's two friendly dogs that need patting!

Martha Tilston & the Scientists

Folksinger Tilston has supported Damien Rice on tour and collaborated with Zero 7. She was nominated for Best New Act in the 2007 Radio 2 Folk Awards.

The Deadly

The Deadly, from catchy rhythm and blues to moody blues rock. Influenced by the likes of Dr Feelgood, Black Keys, Springsteen, Billy Bragg  and G’N’R.  Catchy guitar hooks and a powerful rhythm section complements original lyrics with a political voice.  A powerful, tight unit formed three years ago, have enjoyed their time on the festival circuits, performing extensively nationwide.  Expect a no nonsense, hard working rock and roll show!!!  See them play on Friday 30th at 12:30pm on The Stage and also on Saturday 31st at 2.30pm on The Stage.

Early Cartographers

Early Cartographers are a Sheffield-based acoustic collective offering articulate and introspective (but mostly upbeat) alternative pop, played on a wide range of acoustic instruments with 4 part harmonies and lots of clap-along, stamp-along moments. They release their debut album in Oct on the small indie label Ideas on a Postcard. See them play on Sunday 25th at 7:30pm on The Pavilion.

Matthew and Me

Inspired by love, life, gin and Berlin, Matthew and Me have a history of out-there gig locations, from boats and chapels to underground caves.

The Destroyers

The Destroyers are a carnival-esque fourteen-piece 'Blakan-Bass' folk orchestra of hurdy-gurdy weilding rouges. Having stormed Glastonbury this summer their immersive live performances promise a whirlwind of frenzied dancing.

Ego Honey

Since the band formed in April 2013, Ego Honey have slowly taken the Midlands by storm! They've caught the attention of the music scene with features on The Unsigned Guide, Best of British Unsigned and Festival Interest. They kicked off the year with a support slot for popular London band 'Dexters' and have played acoustic sets in Mr Gallagher's Pretty Green store in Birmingham, as well as a sell out show at the HMV Institute, Digbeth!

Maxi Rai

One voice. One guitar. One mission. Maxi Rai is more than just a fusion of folk, blues, jazz and soul. the energy and true passion in every note sang and played sang by this One Woman Show, can be felt from the front to the back of the room. Not to be missed. After playing around Bristols conpetative underground music scene, this talented singer song writer is already supporting some impressive names, including L.A’s Ska legend Chris Murray, and of course, and The Street’s Kevin Mark Trail, who is impressed with her “gifted story telling”.

The Fireside Family

The Fireside Family are an independent family folk/rock band from Hertfordshire, now based in Mid-Wales. With soulful, uplifting, meaningful original songs (that step away from the mundane mainstream!) they aim to get back to "real" music. Playing this time: Amanda (Mum!) - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Percussion and Chinese Vertical Flute; Lorien (age 20) - Vocals and Guitar; Sky (17) - Lead Guitar; With special guests: Taliesin Day - Bass and Harmonica and John Day - Djembe Drum and Percussion. "...quite simply enchanting....The guitar work was sensitive and effective..... This was folk music at it's finest.... let the dragon roar!" Dan James BRFM Radio. See this group play on the 25th at 6.15pm and the 27th at 1pm on The Pavilion Stage.

Electric Swing Circus

They burst out of Birmingham to take up Hot Club De Swing residency, and Electric Swing Circus’ unique sound has won them awards and BBC appearances.


McCarthyism' is Mark McCarthy ( Acoustic Guitar and Vocals ), Graeme Lamble ( Electric Guitar and Vocals ), Alan Cooper ( Violin } and Richard Henley Davis ( Bass and Backing Vocals }.  We got together last Summer to play songs I have written over the years, but since then they have taken on a whole new life thanks to the contributions of the other band members. We are recording an album and in the meantime a unilateral decision was taken to rehearse in public. Can't wait.  See them play on the 31st at 5:30pm on The Stage.

The Gypsy Queens

A gig at legendary Nice restaurant La Petite Maison transformed the fortunes of these improbably handsome busker boys with a Who’s Who of a celeb fanbase.

Ella Janes

21 year old Ella Janes writes and performs her own music, often accompanied by a band. In 2012, she toured with nu-folkers Ellen and the Escapades and has also previously played alongside the likes of Abigail Washburn, Molly Jones & Lee Southall, Chris Wood and Fossil Collective. Following her debut self-release in 2012, Ella moved to Nantes (France) where she spent a year turning local ears to her deeply honest tunes and writing songs in French. She was selected for Glastonbury's Emerging Talent Longlist in 2013. Upon her return to Exeter, she recorded a second EP 'Many Miles Away' with a full live-band which was released earlier this year. See her play on Monday 26th at 4.30pm on The Stage.


Meadowlark’s talents attracted attention fast: their second gig saw them on tour with Bastille, and their demo Family Tree had a fanbase of 30,000 listeners.

The Indigo Kings

The Indigo Kings hail from across the country and are united in one thing: skilfully blending jazz, blues and swing to create an all-new vintage sound.

Emma Stevens

Her musical career started at 3, and since then Emma Stevens has written a no.1 single, recorded in LA and Nashville and worked with Kate Nash.

Melissa James

Day Dawns is a truly exceptional debut album from Melissa James, a singer-songwriter who has, for some time, been causing a stir at her live shows and attracting a steady stream of followers, entranced by her earthy, soulful sound. Fusing her love of blues, folk and jazz in a bundle of soul, her songs take you on mini detours, opening you up to the sometimes raw elements of her innermost thoughts. Combined with the velvety power through which she delivers, expect a performance which will leave your spine tingling. See Melissa at 7pm on The Stage on Friday 23rd May.

The Iscatels

The Iscatels are a live Reggae, Dub, Ska and Drum & Bass band from the South West of England. They play with real passion and live shows always deliver. The music comes straight from the heart and aims to promote positivity to one and all.  Don’t miss this upbeat gig guaranteed to make you move your feet on The Pavilion stage at 6:15pm on Saturday 31st.

Emmet Scanlan and What the Good Thought

Emmet Scanlan & What the Good Thought are an Independent London-based music act from Ireland who veer away from the usual yet are embraced by all of those who hear their sound. 'a debut that makes considerable virtue of its scattergun song book….they sink deep beneath the skin of a song' The Irish Times.  They have played numerous prestigious festivals worldwide : The Wickerman Festival (Scotland), The Electric Picnic (Ireland) and The International Folk Alliance (USA). The list of artists the band have toured with is diverse in style and includes Femi Kuti, Badly Drawn Boy and The Saw Doctors.  Emmet also provided the soundtrack to the shoot film 'Without Words', which has been awarded a Cannes Festival award by Spike Lee and viewed over 500,000 on-line.  See this great band play on Saturday 31st May at 4.45pm on The Pavilion stage.

Mike Parker

Trad blues, Folk, Americana and Acoustic Rock come together skillfully in the repertoire of singer/songwriter Mike Parker. So, if you’re a fan of strong musicianship, meticulous yet free guitar picking and have a love of steel guitars then you will not be disappointed. Mikes distinctive technique presents a truly original delivery of classics alongside a classic delivery of originals.  Mike has toured extensively over the years both as a solo artist and with his band Stone Sole River opening for American blues virtuoso Joe Bonamassa on several of his UK tours and more recently supporting Fish (Marillion) on his last full UK tour. The past few years have also seen him perform with luminaries of classic rock such as Robin Trower, Leslie Wests Mountain, Walter Trout, The Blue Oyster Cult and Wishbone Ash.  See Mike play on the 28th at 4:30pm on The Stage.

The Lonesome Stampede

‘Best band in Hay’, play original songs with an utterly original sound, have piano, violin and Hammond organ as beautiful extras. Our foot-stomping pop/blues and lush harmonies have created quite a following around here; making us the perfect late night revellers with a crowd to follow.  See us play on Sunday 25th May at 5:30pm on The Stage.

Emmy The Great

Hong-Kong born Emmy the Great started out in Mumford and Sons before releasing her debut album, a New York Times Album of the Year.

Mike Wozniak

Boasting a moustache admiringly described as “luxuriant” (Chortle), former doctor and Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee has won the Time Out New Act Award since transitioning to a career in comedy.

The Midnight Rambler

What happens when you train as a psychotherapist, and end up in a band? From counsellor and healing humourist, to social scientist and cathartic mumbler. Come and meet ..The Midnight Rambler. Alternative gonzo blues-rock played by southern-fried blues band. Equal parts Prince, Pumpkins and Muppets. We are from Peru, Hungary and Scotland and have been playing for the last 4 years and we're due to release our first album in May this year. Lead singer songwriter Perez Gomez has supported the likes of Natalie Imbruglia and Graham Broad (Tina Turner / Roger Waters), and toured as a guitar tech for Razorlight. Come and see us play on Saturday 24th at 4.45pm on The Pavilion Stage and 2.30pm on the 25th on The Stage.


Five men from across England met in London and made amazing atmospheric music, drawing on Nick Drake-like influences to united critical acclaim.

Mista Trick and Elle and The Pocket Belles

Producer Mista Trick has his own unique electro swing, glitch hop, ghetto funk sound. Statuesque Elle and the pint size Belles bring vintage charm.

The Rob Lear Band

Rob’s passion and self-penned emotionally driven songs have helped him provide recent touring support to Seth Lakeman, Ben Howard, Ian McCulloch, Mark Morris and Amy Wadge as well as a growing catalogue of live sessions on BBC and independent radio.   ‘Let it go’ is Rob’s new debut 12 track album. Mixed and co-produced by Richard Thomson’s Grammy nominated producer and has received praise from the great man himself!  See Rob play on Saturday 31st at 3.15pm on The Pavilion stage.

Felix Martin

Having released 5 studio albums , been nominated for a Mercury Prize and Grammy award along with Virgin Music awards as part of Hot Chip, Felix Martin comes to HowTheLightGetsIn.

Mitchell and Vincent

David Mitchell and Graham Vincent are an acoustic duo based in Dorset and Somerset who play lively traditional music from the British Isles, mainly on Fiddle and Nylon strung Guitar. Much of their set is instrumental but this is mixed in with a selection of broadly traditional songs. Playing at a wide variety of festivals, concerts and events all over the South West and beyond, they have been described as performing, "Distinctive and fresh traditional folk," as well as musicians who "tell stories with their melodies". See them play at 4:30pm on The Stage on Saturday 31st.

The Roving Crows

"Anglo-Irish folk band Roving Crows bustle with energy, their fiddles and guitar brightened with Mariachi-tinged trumpet". Financial Times.  They have also just one 'Band of The Year' at the FATEA Music Award 2014.

Fight The Bear

They met at primary school in darkest Shropshire. They played hundreds of gigs, everywhere. They won fans at BBC and T In The Park. They fight bears.

Molotov Jukebox

Fronted by the irrrresistable Natalia Tena (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Molotov Jukebox are the relentlessly fiery London 6-piece who’ve been causing a storm from the UK festivals all the way to Brazil.

The Shamoncies

The Shamoncies are a band made up of musicians, poets and performers, hailing from West Wales. Our material is all original and our focus is on themes, events and people from Welsh social and cultural history. Our style of music is however eclectic rather than specifically something one could describe as, "folk". The mood varies from light hearted and celebratory to serious depending on the topic. The individual songs are linked together by a spoken word performer whose function is to create context, provide information and insights relating to our songs.  See us play on the 28th at 1pm and 2pm on the 29th on The Pavilion Stage.


“Our philosophy has always been to see all bands live before we book them for our events. Fireroad hit the stage with a grin and whole load of energy. One song in and they had already become a must have live act for us in 2014. Easy to deal with, consummate professionals an absolute pleasure.” Dave Ritchie, Festival Organiser - Surgery Music Management. The band have a great catalogue of songs with great hooks and big choruses. See them play at 1:45pm on Saturday 31st on The Pavilion and at the same time on the same stage the following day.


When Mumford and Sons and Holloways members collided with Seasick Steve and Bonobo collaborators, the result was a folk supergroup with universal critical appeal.

The Skunk Boy Project

Nate is a singer song writer from Leicestershire, studying Psychology. He plays the ukelele and wrote his first song in 2010 when he rescued his brother's uke from a dusty corner. His songs are about life, dreams, God, time, morals, revision notes, love (of course) and pain, labours, cannabis, a small eco friendly creature called Mr Bell the Bogey Bug and a Million Brilliant Different Virulent Things. And his style is somewhere between electro acoustic folk pop with a bit of rap thrown in for good measure! See the Skunk Boy Project perform at 5:30pm on The Stage on Tuesday 25th.

Funky Dung DJ

A legend-in-the-making in both Hay and Bristol, Funky Dung unleashes preposterously groovy sets packed full of dance-floor classics from the past five decades.


Mouton are a 5 piece dance band from Snowdonia. We play infectious music you can't help but dance to. Mostly Breton but with a sprinkling of different traditions from Galicia, our native Wales, Venezuela and all over the world. We are joined by our caller, the fabulous Helen McGreary, an experienced dance teacher who can get even the two-left-footed up and dancing. We consist of fiddle, accordion, whistle, double bass and guitar. We even sing a tune or two! Band members have previously played at Glastonbury, Beatherder and other festivals! See them play on Saturday 24th at 3:30pm on The Stage and on Sunday 25th at 3:15pm on The Pavilion.

The Tall Poppies

Tall Poppies are an alternative guitar pop four piece fronted by Australian twin sister songstresses. They deliver luscious melodies with unique harmonies accompanied by violin and drums. The songs tell stories of the everyday and the unusual with heart and wit. Influences include Kate Bush and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Tall Poppies have independently released two albums and are currently recording the third. See Tall Poppies on Saturday 24th May at 1:30pm on The Stage and again on Sunday 25th at 1:30pm, again on The Stage.

Gabby Best

Winner of 2012’s Funny Women Award, Gabby Best’s debut hour of mischievous character comedy is set to shine at the Edinburgh festival this year.


Radio 2 favourite Moya ascended into the pop consciousness last year, touring with Mick Hucknall and Rod Stewart and winning over audiences.

The Wee Bag Band

The Wee Bag Band predominantly play Irish/Celtic music. Festivals that they have played at of note include the Acoustic Festival of Britain (twice) where they played on the main stage last year and as a result were invited to play at the Great British Folk Festival in Skegness in December 2013 not to mention many smaller festivals over the years.  From the GBFF we’ve now been invited to tour with the USAF to the USA, Greenland, Cuba, Honduras and the Bahamas for 12 days over the St. Pats weeks celebrations in March. See The Wee Bag Band at 4:30pm on Sunday 1st June on The Stage.

Gabby Young

Flamboyantly atired gypsy-jazzy-folk queen Gabby Young was classically trained and “switched sides”  under the influence of Jeff Buckley. A brilliant stage performer, she has played festivals from Shambala to Glastonbury.

Mr Scruff

An iconic fixture in Britain’s musical landscape, tea addict Andy Carthy has sold over 500,000 records and is one of the UK’s best-loved DJs.


Steeped in Romanticism, dico and oldy dusty house grooves, Thrilogy's fans include Catz N Dogz and Eats Everything.

George Morgan

A singer-songwriter and visual artist based in Bristol, George's songs are like his paintings; delicate, thoughtful and glowing with twilight. His performances have been described as honest and full of vivid imagery. George has begun to perform regularly in and around Bristol and has just made his début EP 'Butterflies'; five tracks of guitar and voice recorded intimately on reel-to-reel.  See George play on Saturday 24th at 5:30pm on The Stage.

Nancy Ackroyd

Nancy Ackroyd is a singer/songwriter promoting her 1st album and about to start recording her 2nd. She grew up near Hay and is looking forward to playing on home ground again! Her music is punchy, honest and beautiful. She has been writing songs for around 10 years. See her play on the 31st at 3:30pm on The Stage.

Tom Hickox

With his orchestral genes, Tom Hickox was destined for great musical things. His timeless sounds have won over critics at the Sunday Times and Telegraph.

Georgia Paterson

Georgia Paterson is a singer/songwriter from South Wales.  Her acoustic, accessible pop/folk sound has been perfectly captured by producer Charlie Francis (REM, The Noisettes) on her forthcoming EP. Her songs are characterised by strong melodies and candid lyrics with universal themes that the listener can easily relate to. Georgia's debut single led her to be chosen as 'Welsh Artist of the Week' on BBC Radio Wales and gained airplay on Nation Radio. “Her songs are refreshing and she looks like she loves what she does...this girl has got something special...she's going places”  Alan Thompson - BBC Radio Wales.  Come and see her play on Sunday 25th at 4.30pm on The Stage.

Nerina Pallot

BRIT and Ivor Novello-nominated songwriter Nerina Pallot is the brains behind many huge chart hits from the likes of Kylie. When performing herself, she brings a soulful warmth to her killer pop tunes.

Tom Rosenthal

Stand-up comedian Tom Rosenthal is a star of Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner and British Comedy Award-winning ITV sitcom Plebs, set in ancient Rome.

Geraint Rhys

Geraint Rhys is a bi-lingual singer songwriter from South Wales singing in both Welsh and English. He’s been playing his own music live around Wales for a year now.  He has appeared as a live guest on BBC Radio Wales on the Bethan Elfyn show, has featured as Welsh Artist of the week on Radio Wales and his music has also been played by BBC Radio 6's Tom Robinson.  People enjoy his songs for their musicality, but also for the  thought provoking and poignant lyrics. Reggae, folk, rock and pop influences stream through his music where Geraint merges meaningful messages with memorable melodies.  See him play on Sunday 25th at 6:30pm on The Stage.

Nic Thomas

Nic Thomas is a singer/songwriter who hails from Cardiff, Wales. Drawing from influences as varied as Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Eat World, Aerosmith, The Gaslight Anthem and Ryan Adams, Nic fuses stories of love, human relationships and growing up with uplifting and powerful melodies.  Nic recorded and released his debut EP 'Sha La La' in 2012.Being described as “Humble and sweet yet with some irresistibly catchy moments”, Sha La La is five tracks all dealing with different experiences of the human condition and relationships and is a running theme throughout the record.  Nic releases his new single “The Wall” on July 28, 2014.   See him play on Monday 26th at 2.30pm on The Stage and at the same time, in the same place, the following day.


Tamsin Fallows, aka Toyface, brings colour and character to her uplifting folk/jazz/blues sound, which has attracted the attention of Artful Badger among others.

Gerard Cousins

Gerard Cousins has performed all over the world from Peru to Pakistan. He combines his natural musicality and formidable technique with a remarkable singing quality to create a fresh and spontaneous approach to all the works he performs.  "For those of you not in the know Gerard is one of the UK's top composers for classical guitar - an incredibly original sound drawing expertly on the musical languages of Arvo Part, Steve Reich, John Mclaughlin, Leo Brouwer, and others. He also does a damn fine Welsh tune."  Derek Gripper  "Acute artistic and technical prowess...passionate, profound...with a great range of tone from his instrument"  Classical Guitar Magazine.  See him play on Saturday 24th on The Stage at 11:30am and at 3.30pm on The Stage the next day.

Nish Kumar

Incisive stand-up (and half of innovative British Museum-touring double act The Gentlemen of Leisure) Nish Kumar has rapidly made waves in his comedy career, culminating in a recent appearance on Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience.

Urban Foxes

Urban foxes collective radically reinvent Nicola Baldwin's play HOTEL BASTILLE about four young rock band girlfriends stuck in a hotel in Paris waiting for something or someone. Tearing down walls, breaking apart the well-made play, HOTEL BASTILLE explores how issues of gender and class confine women. How to articulate the struggle for the women as an underclass, if the ability to articulate becomes a barrier in itself? How to find the words? What words fail you, what then? The girls are going to storm their own Bastille - in a fight against inertia.  Come and see this great production on Monday 26th at 12.45pm on The Pavilion stage.

Golden Boys

Sequin-clad Golden Boys grew from a 4-piece band to their current 8-man status with a fusion of house, disco and lounge that rocked the likes of Latitude.

Orlando Seale and the Swell

When Orlando Seale threw in acting for music, and recruited the London Sinfonietta to help, the results moved the earth for audiences everywhere.

Ushti Baba

Ushti Baba are known for banging out stomping Balkan beats, heart wrenching Celtic melodies to live Jungle/DnB/Dupstep beatbox. Gypsy Jungle Turbo Folkstep, raucous foot stomping good times! Formed in November 2012, now an 8 piece band comprising of Sparrow Middleton, Jack Salt, Samuel MacDougall, Ursula 'Beastly' Billington, Berry Garnet, Hauke Rocksa-Million, Sam G and Simon von Alexander. Early 2013 saw a jam-packed string of raucous performances around Bristol, and now the Babas are in full festival swing - you can catch them at a festival pretty much every weekend this summer! See this incredible show on Thursday 29th at 6:30pm on The Stage.

Gypsy Hill

A history that includes some of the UK and Europe’s biggest festivals (Glastonbury, Bestival, WOMAD, Green Man,Wilderness, Sziget, Fusion), Gypsy Hill aka producers DJ Kobyashi and Herbert Newbert are no strangers to the big time.

Phil Wang

A deliciously dry wit, Wang is a former President of the Cambridge Footlights. His deadpan delivery has won him a clutch of comedy competitions, many while still at university.


Vaginapocalypse have played at How The Light Gets In for the past 2 years are back for more. They're a local band [formally of Three Cocks, now of Bromyard] formed of an acoustic guitar, two voices and sometimes a double bass. They perform their own original folk-punk with close harmonies and caustic rapid fire lyrics. Or in the words of a fan - "Vaginapocalypse are warrior songsters. Great riffs with gorgeous harmonies create a texture of sound and poetry that makes you think while dancing." See them play on Sunday 1st June at 1:30pm on The Stage.

Harriet Kemsley

A finalist in numerous new act comedy competitions - winning Bath, Brighton and UpTheCreek - Kemsley has been making waves with her unique rabbit-in-headlights on-stage persona.


With music banned by her fundamentalist stepfather, Phildel dedicated her school lunch-hour to composing songs. A tough past has borne exceptional fruits.

Vinna Bee

Vinna Bee - Described as refreshing, traditional folk with a psychedelic twist. She has played as many dates as could be squeezed in since the release of "Treasures of the Apiarist". See her play on Sunday 1st June first at 11:30am on The Stage and then again at 3.15pm on The Pavilion stage.


Héllena is a Greek R'N'B/Soul singer/songwriter based in London, UK. She released her self titled EP in 2012 and despite her short time living in the UK Héllena made it into the MTV Unsigned Top 20, gained 3 Gold awards on BEAT100 for her song "Don't Change", worked with the MTV award winning producer Stereo Mike, reached as high as No2 in ReverbNation's Soul/R'N'B London charts and made a guest appearance on BBC London radio 94.9fm. 19th of May 2014 will see the release of Héllena's latest single "Dream Big" from her forthcoming debut album "Body and Soul". See Héllena and her band play on Friday 30th May at 4.30pm on The Stage.

Pierre Novelli

Amused Moose Laugh Off Winner Pierre Novellie’s “slick and slightly offbeat” comedy is “redolent of Eddie Izzard” (Chortle); this former member of the Cambridge Footlights was also the first comedian to perform at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider Comedy Night.

Watermelon Moon

Playing music for us has always been about one thing....the power it has to make us and others feel good. For us music is a means of healing, creating energy, telling a story, sending a message and much more. Playing a mixture of original songs and re-arranged covers with a blues/folk feel and a love for playing live, we try to create an intimate audience/performer atmosphere. Being a duo both musically and romantically, partnership plays an important part in what we do and when on stage, these dynamics, emotions and difficulties are transmitted through music. We started our musical journey together 3 years ago when we clicked at a blues jam, realizing that we had the same philosophy towards music. Since then our energy for growth as musicians has taken us on travels for music workshops with Eric Bibb (one of our biggest influences and inspiration), Victor Wooten and vocal improv workshops with Bob Stoloff and David Hatfield. See them play on Thursday 29th at 2:30pm on The Stage and on The Pavilion on the 30th at 1pm.

HiHat Live

Having attended the last two years, HiHat live is performing a music set which promises to become more and more spontaneous, with soulful vocals over live loops recorded from keys, and styles including funk, soul, dub and DnB. Jol explores themes around community, transparency, shadows, healing and whatever comes up in the audience, sometimes making up a track on the spot. The aim is to create something unique each time and get everyone dancing. See this unique show on Friday 30th at 5:30pm on The Stage.

Playing Army

We are 'Playing Army' hailing from North Staffordshire: Ivan Malin singing his best in a long time and guitar; and Kaine Davidson, playing the sweetest guitar and backing vocals. They formed in 2013 and intend on being around until they are called in for tea! Kaine and Ivan have known each other for around 15 years. They have been in various bands together over that period and have always found themselves the writing force. This is why when all the big band stuff came to an end after some fantastic tours and major supports that they have decided to go it alone. Just trying to keep things nice and simple. "It just makes sense". Playing Army have set out to impact, indulge, and imitate nothing! Sweeping, anthemic vocals linked with tuneful and melodic undertones being the course of the day. See them play on Saturday 31st at 12:30pm on The Stage.

Weatherhill and Lamb

Ray (Dirty Ray) Weatherill and Linda Lamb have combined their voices into a dynamic duo of vocal electricity.

Holly Burn

Holly Burn’s surreal character shows are “like every late-night Glastonbury Festival ‘experience’ collected in one medical tent” (Chortle), leading to her being described as “best comedy newcomer” by Harry Hill.

Polaroid 85

Kaleidoscopic London collective Polaroid 85 are a fusion of everything magic and musical. Fans include 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and the BBC Asian Network.

Will Franken

Franken employs his incredible talent for character comedy in aid of both silliness and satire, and has earned comparisons to Monty Python while mocking the sensibilities of left and right-wingers alike.


The Hoosiers’ debut album The Trick of Life rocketed straight to number one, with sing-a-long classics Goodbye Mr A and Worried about Ray securing their place pop canon. Restlessly creative, their fourth album The News from Nowhere is out later this year.

Pre Sleep Monologue

Pre Sleep Monologue are a Midlands based three piece performing overdriven mongrel sass blues, with some subtle tinges of folk and Americana. PSM released their debut EP in September 2013, produced and mastered by Adam Fuest, featuring six songs in their unique blend of styles. You can hear this EP in full on their website where you can also order physical and digital versions of the EP, and find out about upcoming live dates, where you can experience their explosive material in its raw and intended form. See them perform on Monday 26th at 4.45pm on The Pavilion.


From Welsh Marches to warehouse mayhem, and back – these guys know how to party and have rocked more HTLGI Night Sessions than most.

House of Hats

In two short years, House of Hats have played Secret Garden Party and Cambridge Folk festival as well as recording their debut album with Grammy-winner Pete Smith.

Quirk Poetry

Quirk Poetry magazine was launched at HTLGI in 2013 - a quarterl illustrated feast of the best work of the poets and artists of Hay and beyond.  Expect a selection from the traditional to the bizarre as some of the Quirkiest poets around deliver their perspective on life, love, death, mermaids, monsters and everything from denis Healey to the apocalpse - who knows? - from the stage. Some may even be set to music. Copies of the first four issues (the latest is over 100 pages) also on sale at £5 each.  See this at 7pm on Friday 23rd on The Stage.

Zen Hussies

Founder Jonah Flatfoot reinvented pre-war music for the modern age with his multi-instrumental crew. They soon became an unforgettable part of the live circuit.

Ian Smith

Ian Smith combines a winning Northern brogue and bonhomie with extremely intelligent writing, particularly in his Stewart-Lee-esque ability to derive comedy gold from absurd loops and repetition.

Ricky Menzies and the Storytellers

Ricky Menzies and The Storytellers are a folk/punk/rock band from Milton Keynes. Starting out as a busker on the streets of Milton Keynes, London and surrounding areas, Ricky decided to take music one step further by joining a band with his three best friends, thus The Storytellers were born. With simple acoustic chords, beautiful electric guitar melodies, creative bass guitar and drum beats to structure and hold up meaningful lyrics of stories and life. See them play on Monday 26th at 3.30pm and Tuesday 27th at 1.30pm on The Stage.





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