What better way to deny the fact that summer is on its way out than to head to one final festival? Your feet may be tired and your bank balance may be tired of your frivolity, but this weekend’s HowTheLightGetsIn is a sure fire way to see off the festival season in style.

On 22nd and 23rd September, the carefully manicured front lawns of Kenwood House – a stunning neoclassical villa overlooking Hampstead Heath since the early 17th century – will play host to HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest music and philosophy festival brought to you by the team behind Hay Festival. Prepare for your mind to be blown by performance and ideas alike, with over 50 debates and talks and over 40 music and comedy acts appearing over eight stages across the weekend.

From exhilarating performance to stimulating debate and delicious dining, we breakdown a few of our HowTheLightGetsIn highlights below…

DEBATE // BIG BANG CREATION MYTHS
Eminent mathematician and Hawking collaborator Roger Penrose, physicist and author of From Eternity to Here Sean Carroll and multiverse cosmologist Laura Mersini Houghton rethink the story of why the universe exists.

DEBATE // THE KEY TO CREATIVITY
Former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, novelist and author of A Field Guide to Reality Joanna Kavenna and hip hop artist Lowkey debate creativity and constraint.

HOTDOCS//
A cosy candle-lit picturehouse showing a range of fascinating documentaries.

OPEN PLATFORM //
Enjoy a meal alongside the speakers at the festival, probing them with the questions you’ve always been longing to ask.

MUSIC // AFRIQUOI

Vibrant African rhythms with a U.K. dance sensibility courtesy of London five piece Afriquoi.

MUSIC // EWAN PEARSON & SAVAGE

Savage Disco and SOMA affiliate Ewan Pearson take to the decks together on the Saturday night of the festival.

MUSIC // STEALING SHEEP


Psychedelic pop courtesy of a three-piece hailing from Liverpool.

SPEAKER // HOMI BHABHA
Homi Bhabha is regarded as one of the most important figures in contemporary post-colonial studies.

SPEAKER // LAUREN BAKER
A London-based, award-winning, contemporary multidisciplinary artist, Lauren comes to the festival to help you unearth your creative potential.

SPEAKER // SOPHIE WALKER
Sophie is the founding leader of the Women’s Equality Party.

SPEAKER // STEVE LAZARIDES
A gallery owner and dealer, Lazarides is best known as Banksy’s former agent.

HowTheLightGetsIn take place on 22nd and 23rd September at Kenwood House, London.