HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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Event 7

Jake Bugg

Solo Acoustic

Venue: Tata Tent
The sublimely gifted singer-songwriter plays an intimate gig at Hay. His new album Hearts That Strain sees Jake work with Grammy Award-winning producer David Ferguson and Matt Sweeney in Nashville and recording with some of the best players in the history of popular music. The reviews for the record have been nothing short of revelatory.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
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Jake Bugg

Event 28

Russell Kane

Stand Up

Venue: Tata Tent

The uproariously funny comedian is best known as the host of BBC3's Live at The Electric, regular appearances on BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, BBC3’s Unzipped, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Now!  

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Russell Kane

Event 29

Hackney Colliery Band

Live at Hay – Sharpener

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The cult stars have totally re-invented the brass band sound for the modern age. A truly brilliant live act, they have played the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, the BRITs, MOBO and Mercury Awards. The group has great playing chops and a fun-loving stage presence that makes every one of their shows both visually and musically compelling.

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Hackney Colliery Band

Event 79

Jeremy Hardy

Live at Hay

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Hardy is in his fourth decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a more dramatic way of saying he started 33 years ago and, without a lottery win, probably has at least another 33 years to go. The tenth series of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation was broadcast on Radio 4. He is also well known for his appearances on The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. “In an ideal world, Jeremy Hardy would be extremely famous, but an ideal world would leave him without most of his best material” - Guardian.

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Jeremy Hardy

Event 80

Laura Mvula

Live at Hay

Venue: Tata Tent

Innovative British singer-songwriter, two-time Mercury Prize nominee and two-time MOBO award winner, Laura Mvula grew up in Birmingham. She first sang in church and later with all female acapella group Black Voices. By 2008 she had formed and was composing for her own jazz/neo-soul outfit Judyshouse. Her debut album Sing to the Moon was released in 2013 and garnered multiple award nominations and critical acclaim. Discussing her follow-up, 2016 album The Dreaming Room the Guardian described how Mvula “pulls the listener along with her through the most serpentine songs: however, winding their routes, the melodies are almost always beautiful.” Her live gigs are joyful, soulful, and unforgettable.

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Laura Mvula

Event 120

Shazia Mirza

With Love From St Tropez

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Following her critically acclaimed 2016, 103-date sell-out international tour, ‘The Kardashians Made Me Do It', Shazia Mirza brings you her brand new stand-up show.
"After starving to death on a desert Island, I've changed my mind about a few things. I knew nothing about men before, I know an awful lot now.  Men versus women, survival, and is anyone really an atheist in the middle of a tsunami? Oh, and the answers to everything are in The Periodic Table. A show about lies and truth- or is that the same thing? Nudity and the Periodic Table", these things hold the key to the future. How much do you wear? What do you look like, and will they let you in? Whatever happens, don't you dare wear more than dental floss on a French beach.

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Shazia Mirza

Event 122

Emmeline Armitage, Anthony Anaxagorou, Zena Edwards, Sabrina Mahfouz, Sophie McKeand, Rufus Mufasa

The Hay Slam

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Our Hay Poetry Slam is hosted by 2017 SLAMbassador Emmeline Armitage and will feature three of the most celebrated performers of the international spoken word circuit – Antonio Anaxagorou, Zena Edwards and Sabrina Mahfouz, the Young People’s Laureate and Creative Wales award-winning Sophie McKeand, and Rufus Mufasa.

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Event 124

Josephine and the Artizans

HipHopera

Venue: Starlight Stage

This thrilling seven-piece band fuse hip hop and classical music with a mix of classical strings, operatic vocals, heavy beats and energetic rap. The band’s energy is infectious: audiences dance, jump and join in with moves and lyrical hooks. They come to Hay after a festival tour that included Glasto, Womad and Camp Bestival.

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Event 125

David Baddiel

My Family: Not The Sitcom

Venue: Tata Tent

Following two critically acclaimed West End runs, the comedian brings his Olivier-nominated one-man show to Hay. This is a show about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf and gay cats. A massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of David Baddiel’s late sex-mad mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin. Come and be offended on David’s behalf!

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David Baddiel

Event 126

Peter Florence

The Pity of War

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A reading of Norman Florence’s award-winning play about the poet Wilfred Owen MC, who was killed in action on 4 November 1918. The full production toured the world between 1983 and 1995.

 

Ticket money will go towards funding extending the opening hours of Hay Public Library
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Peter Florence

Event 127

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

SOAR

Venue: Oxfam Moot

This sublime, critically acclaimed collaboration between two adventurous virtuoso musicians – Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita – delivers a stunning exhibition of world-class musicianship. Their second album SOAR takes flight on the wings of the osprey, the magnificent bird of prey recently returned to Wales after centuries of absence, which makes its annual 3,000-mile migration from the coasts of West Africa to the estuaries of Wales, soaring like music and dreams over man-made borders, in an innate and epic journey of endurance. Entrancing, mesmeric, intricate and ethereal, this is remarkable music and a thrilling live experience.

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Event 146

Soraya Mafi (soprano) & Simon Lepper (piano)

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 1

Venue: St Mary’s Church

The first of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. 
Felix Mendelssohn’s Auf Flugeln des Gesanges Op.34 No.2; Fanny Hensel Warum sind den die Rosen so blass, Op.1 No.3; Felix MendelssohnLieder ohne Worte Op.30 No.3; Fanny Hensel Die Mainacht Op.9 No.6, Lieder ohne Worte Op.8 No.3; Felix Mendelssohn Suleika 1 Op.57 No.3; Robert Schumann Lied der Suleika Op.25 No.9; Clara Schumann Liebst du um Schőnheit Op.12 No.2; Robert Schumann Widmung Op.25 No.1; Johanna Müller-Hermann Lieder Op.2; Richard Strauss Schlagende Herzen Op.29 No.2, Das Rosenband Op.36 No.1, Ständchen Op.17 No.2, Morgen Op.27 No.4

Recorded for Broadcast on BBC Radio 3; please arrive in good time.
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Event 165

Eric Ngalle Charles and Owen Sheers

The Last Ritual

Venue: Starlight Stage

A performance of the new one-man play by the Cameroon-born playwright and actor, now a Creative Wales Fellow, is followed by a conversation with Owen Sheers about the work and Charles’ extraordinary life. The Last Ritual is based on the author’s last days in the village of Small Soppo in Buea, Cameroon. It looks at love and ultimate betrayal, exploring the theme of witchcraft and the practice of it.

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Event 168

William Sieghart and Friends

The Poetry Pharmacy – The Hay Readings

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Tried and True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul

Sometimes only a poem will do. The founder of National Poetry Day and The Forward Prize offers poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice to give comfort, delight and inspiration for all; a space for reflection, and that precious realisation – I'm not the only one who feels like this. Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even from an excess of ego, there is something here to ease your pain. With readings of the poems by actors and commentary by Sieghart. 

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William Sieghart and Friends

Event 169

Les Amazones d’Afrique

Venue: Tata Tent

The supergroup of great West African women musicians raise the Bank Holiday Monday roof with a spectacular and glorious concert.  Their exuberant harmonies and sublime rhythms make for a perfect celebration.

Mamani Keita (vocal), Rokia Kone (vocal), Awa Sangho (vocal), Joseph Palmer (drums), Mariam Kone (backing vocal), Mamadou Diakite (guitar) and Llorens Barcelo (Keys).

Their first album Republique Amazone is out now on the Real World label.


Hosted by Georgia Ruth for BBC Radio 3’s Music Planet and recorded as live for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 15th June at 11pm
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Les Amazones d’Afrique

Event 170

Rachel Parris

It’s Fun to Pretend

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Viral sensation Rachel Parris, star of BBC’s The Mash Report, presents a comedy show packed with stand-up, song, sketch and, inevitably, a sideways swipe at society. “Tears of laughter... endearingly frank and funny.” – The Guardian.

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Rachel Parris

Event 172

Barney Norris and David Owen Norris

The Wellspring

Venue: St Mary’s Church

How does the culture of our past shape and speak to the present? And how might a richer understanding of where we have come from help us discover where we're heading now? The novelist and playwright Barney Norris and the pianist, composer and broadcaster David Owen Norris explore these questions in The Wellspring, a new book of interviews on music and cultural inheritance. Uniquely placed, as father and son artists, to engage with the question of how things are passed on, they meet at Hay to explore the way a life is formed by what has come before, and the way we form that past as we go through our lives.

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Event 188

Tom Poster (piano)

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 2

Venue: St Mary’s Church

The second of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. Felix Mendelssohn’s Lieder Ohne Worte; Maria Szymanowska’s Nocturne in B flat major; Fanny Hensel Nocturne in G major; Clara Schumann Nocturne in F major, Op.6 No.2; Robert Schumann Waldszenen, Op.82.

Recorded for Broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time
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Event 212

Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Pippa Evans, Paul Foxcroft

There Will Be Cake: All-star Improv

Venue: Tata Tent

Four of the best improvisers in the country come together to play with ideas coming from the audience. Tonight will be a brilliant, one-off, never-to-be-repeated, dazzling, hilarious, silly, exciting, dangerous, innovative show featuring real fire (candles). And there will be cake. Actual cake.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Pippa Evans, Paul Foxcroft

Event 213

Sam Lee

Singing with Nightingales: Live

Venue: Oxfam Moot
Each year thousands of nightingales leave the forests of sub-Saharan Africa and take up temporary residence in the thickets of southern England, singing their much admired night song to lure the returning females. In admiration of these musical creatures, folk singer, song collector, and naturalist Sam Lee has created an enchanting, open-air experience that allows listeners to participate in a celebration of nature and nightingale. The event has captivated audiences through these meditative listening experiences held at special sites where the returning birds roost.

Singing With Nightingales: Live sees the nightingales’ courtship song broadcast live into the tent at Hay, where Sam and guest musicians will collaborate in this unique performance from the comfort of the auditiorium. This live broadcast concept focuses on Sam Lee’s spoken and sung narrative, surrounding the enduring myth of these birds as a symbol of our nation’s connection to nature; now under threat as the UK population declines. A guided imaginatory forest walk will draw audiences into the lore of the woods, with transporting folk songs, and guest musicians. This meditative journey is accompanied by immersive lighting and a live audio feed of the evening chorus as it fades to silence, followed by the signature duet as performers join with the birds’ after-dark song.

Guest artists Pete Judge & Georgia Ruth.
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