At How The Light Gets In 2018 festival you can join a debate about the nature of the universe with the world's top scientists, laugh until your sides hurt with the UK's best comedians, dance by the river to the finest beats, dine with our speakers in Open Platform events or indulge yourself with four course long table banquets. Our programme has many names you will recognise but How The Light Gets In is not about status or celebrity.
How The Light Gets In is not just another festival. We are about ideas and wonder and creating a space where everyone's imagination can flourish.
Discover More Whether you're after a spectacular four course banquet or a quick snack between sessions; exotic world foods, local ciders or a slice of homemade cake, you'll find a whole range of exceptional eateries across the two festival sites. Our venues are small enough to encourage real conversation, electric enough to make the dancing spin.
How The Light Gets in is set in a magical location on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the river Wye in the famed book town of Hay. If you've been to Hay, you'll know why this small town draws US Presidents and Nobel Prize winners, critics and intellectuals alike into its orbit.
Our music line-up for 2018 includes the likes of The Orb, Hot Chip (DJ Set), Badly Drawn Boy, The Correspondents, Ana Matronic and Nerina Pallot."The art and soul of the party"Harper's Bazaar Previous acts have included Clean Bandit, Laura Marling, Fairport Convention, British Sea Power, Andrew Weatherall, and Ghostpoet... Buy Tickets Explore our little world How The Light Gets In is more than just an unrivalled programme of debates and music.But that is the backdrop for the real magic to come."There is a crack in everything...that's how the light gets in" goes the Leonard Cohen song from which the festival gets its name.Buy Tickets We have just announced our full music line-up for How The Light Gets In 2018, featuring the electro trailblazers Hot Chip (DJs), Ambient legends The Orb, Scissor Sisters star Ana Matronic and superstars Sam and the Womp.Buy Tickets Set on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the Wye in the famed book town of Hay, How The Light Gets In has a magical location.