This year's HowTheLightGetsIn is presided over by 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 four Festival Live Passes which will be available at an Earlybird rate until we announce this year's full 2014 line-up. They give you unlimited access to all of our live music, comedy acts and late-night parties for the whole festival and range from single weekends to a full 10-day pass. You’ll laugh out loud with the UK’s funniest comics. You’ll dance until your feet hurt with our singularly talented musicians. Pace yourself. It’s going to be mayhem.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.