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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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Music

Amy Macdonald

In Concert

Event 54 Venue: Tata Tent

Amy Macdonald

A Hay debut for the Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist with the achingly beautiful voice, and the lyric gift and rapturous beats that move hearts and dancing shoes. Macdonald released her debut album This Is the Life in 2007. The singles Mr Rock & Roll and This Is the Life were chart hits. Earlier in 2017 she released her album Under Stars.

Price: £26.30
 
 

Joanna MacGregor and Chris Riddell

The Illustrated Goldberg Variations: A 30th Anniversary Commission

Event 104 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Joanna MacGregor and Chris Riddell

Renowned pianist Joanna MacGregor is one of the greatest contemporary interpreters of JS Bach’s iconic set of 30 variations on a sarabande aria. She plays the piece accompanied by the Bach-lover, cartoonist and Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, who will draw 30 pictures inspired by the music, live on stage. The drawings will be shown on-screen.

Price: £13.30
 
 

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova talks to Philippe Sands

The Index Platform – Pussy Riot

Event 105 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova talks to Philippe Sands

An interview with the musician and activist, who was arrested after her punk band’s 2012 performance in a Moscow cathedral. She was convicted of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' and sentenced to two years penal servitude. Nadya Tolokno now has permanent residency in Canada, from where she continues to protest human rights abuses.

Price: £10.30
 
 

Super Sonic Disco

The Sound of the Baskervilles

Event 106 Venue: Baskerville Hall, Clyro

Super Sonic Disco

Get your groove on with DJs Ben and Max (fresh from the hugely popular 'Clubbing for Grown-Ups') and kick off your night with a jumpin' dance party. Come to a Clyro Court transformed into a super-sonic, hands-in-the-air, late-night pleasure dome. An irresistible smorgasbord of soul, disco and funk, brought bang up to date with party classics. #donotfailtoattend

Strictly 18+, ID may be required on the door
Price: £15.30
 
 

James Rhodes

In Concert

Event 151 Venue: Tata Tent

The charismatic pianist plays Chopin’s Ballade no.4 in F minor, Op52, Bach’s Partita No.1 in B flat, BWV 825, and the Bach-Busoni Chaconne in D Minor. He is one of the most engaging and entertaining performers, whose concert style makes you think he’s playing just for you. Rhodes is the author of Instrumental and How To Play The Piano.

Price: £13.30
 
 

Kobo Town

In concert

Event 156 Venue: Oxfam Moot

The Canadian kings of the dance floor play Hay with their infectious rhythms and spectacular energy. Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town’s music has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass” - Guardian.  After the global success of their 2013 album Jumbie in the Jukebox they are now releasing Where The Galleon Sank.

Price: £8.30
 
 

DJ Yoda

The Sound of the Baskervilles

Event 159 Venue: Baskerville Hall, Clyro

Voted one of the 'Ten DJs to see before you die' by Q magazine, Yoda is a multi-award-winning hip-hop DJ and producer. Headlining festivals and clubs around the world with his distinctive style, mashing together film soundtracks, club anthems and clips from every aspect of modern culture he creates an electrifying and pulsating dance floor experience. DJ Ben from SuperSonicDisco will be on hand to warm things and get the dance floor bouncing…
Strictly 18+, ID may be required on the door
Price: £15.30
 
 

Adam Walker (flute) and James Baillieu (piano)

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 1

Event 178 Venue: St Mary’s Church

The first of four recitals broadcast live from Hay this week. Mozart’s Andante in C, K315 and Rondo in D, KAnh 184; CPE Bach’s Flute Sonata in G, H550 (Hamburger); Schubert’s Introduction and Variations on Trockne Blumen D802. Concert introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill.

Recorded for Broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

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Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel

I Can Spin A Rainbow

Event 203 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel

An intimate concert-performance unveils the first full-length collaboration between Palmer and Ka-Spel, founding member of visionary Anglo-Dutch psychedelicists The Legendary Pink Dots. Both artists’ stories, song fragments, poems, and lyrics became wholly meshed with loops, melancholy piano playing, melodic beds, and strange rhythms. The results range from the enchantingly minimal The Clock at the Back of the Cage to the luxurious theatricality of the album-opening Pulp Fiction.

Price: £9.30
 
 

Fat Freddy's Drop

In concert

Event 208 Venue: Tata Tent

The booty shaking soul monster Fat Freddy’s Drop is heading to Wales on Bank Holiday Monday. Internationally regarded as one of the world’s finest live draws, seven-piece band Fat Freddy’s Drop is on fire with fourth studio album BAYS. Over the past three albums the New Zealanders have navigated their way from the incubator of sunshine reggae through a colour-saturated field of soul psychedelia before swerving onto a desolate Detroit superhighway at night. It’s a sound that demands to be heard live, a potent mixture of jazz virtuosity and diaphragm-wrecking digital sonics.

Price: £33.30
 
 

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club

The Sound of the Baskervilles

Event 209 Venue: Baskerville Hall, Clyro

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club
Craig Charles needs very little introduction – BBC6 Music's Funk and Soul Show presenter is one of the most spectacular and joyful live DJs, his high energy club sets are packed full of classic soul and disco bangers, and his tune selection and seamless mixing leave dance floors across the country begging for more. DJs Ben & Max from Hay's very own SuperSonicDisco will get the dance floor bubbling away nicely, ready for the big man!
Strictly 18+, ID may be required on the door
Price: £15.30
 
 

Federico Colli (piano)

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 2

Event 229 Venue: St Mary’s Church

The second of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. Mozart’s Les Hommes Pieusement, from Glucks La Rencontre Imprévue, K455; Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2; Mozart’s Piano Sonata No.5 in G major, K283. Concert introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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

Price: £8.30
 
 

Brian May

Queen in 3-D

Event 241 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Brian May

A unique opportunity to share the guitarist’s 46-year vision of his fellow band members, Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Roger Taylor, as well as Brian himself backstage, on tour and onstage, captured here in 3-D stereoscopic photographs.

3-D glasses will be provided.

Website - www.queenin3-d.com

Price: £30.30
 
 

Faustus

Folk Night

Event 255 Venue: Oxfam Moot

The charismatic folk trio make their Hay debut. They combine superb musicianship with a wonderful lyric elegance that celebrates traditional forms with contemporary power.  Faustus are Paul Sartin, Benji Kirkpatrick and Saul Rose. Their latest album is Death and Other Animals.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Eric Ngalle Charles, Chantal Erraoui, Hannah Lloyd, Elena Carys and Joe Tweedle

Play: My Mouth Brought Me Here

Event 259 Venue: Cube

Eric Ngalle Charles, Chantal Erraoui, Hannah Lloyd, Elena Carys and Joe Tweedle

Deep in a forest, a hunter comes across a skull, he steps on the skull and the skull speaks saying, “My mouth brought me here”. Based on an African proverb, the play features a power-hungry ruler, a few foolish guards and a courageous hunter. In a world where telling the truth has become a game, no one knows the rules. The production is brought to life with live music and enchanting story telling. Directed by Peter Scott and written by Eric Ngalle Charles. Following the show, Ngalle will talk to Owen Sheers.

In association with PEN Cymru Wales

The playwright Eric Ngalle Charles from Cameroon is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
Price: £7.30
 
 

The Amatis Trio

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 3

Event 275 Venue: St Mary’s Church

The third of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. Mozart’s Piano Trio in B flat major, K502; Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No.2 in C minor, Op.66. Concert introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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

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Will Young and the Jazz Quintet

Event 305 Venue: Tata Tent

Will Young and the Jazz Quintet

Following on from the release of Summer Covers, an eclectic mix of fan-favorite jazz covers, Will Young returns to the stage with his incredibly talented band for a rare performance. Alongside some classic jazz standards, he will also perform new adaptations. Also, expect an abundance of funny stories and charming commentary throughout!

Will Young is one of the most well-known and recognizable figures in British contemporary music. Since 2002, his career has encompassed multi-platinum albums and sell-out live tours.

Beyond popular music, Will has always had a strong passion for jazz. Off the back of his recent fourth UK No.1 album ’85 Proof’, and its accompanying Love Revolution tour, Will released his most recent EP entitled ‘Summer Covers’ - a euphoric, eclectic mix of fan-favourite covers recorded live in Dean Street Studios with the same band line-up from his jazz residency at the legendary British jazz venue the 606 Club, in 2010.

Price: £25.30
 
 

Khamira

Hay Mela 4: The Music

Event 306 Venue: Starlight Stage

Khamira is an Indo-Welsh collaboration that fuses Welsh folk, Indian classical, rock and jazz. Four members of the celebrated Welsh jazz/folk band Burum come together with three of India’s young new wave of adventurous genre-breaking musicians to create Khamira (meaning ‘yeast’ in Hindi). Suhail Yusuf Khan’s virtuosic Serengi and vocals dovetails with Tomos Williams’ trumpet; Vishal Nagar’s tabla joins in a feast of rhythms and syncopations with Mark O’Connor’s drum kit; while Aditya Balani’s soaring guitar solos are supported by Dave Jones on keyboard and Aidan Thorne on bass. 

Price: £6.30
 
 

Jim Eliot and Mima Stilwell: All day YA Songwriting Workshop

Event W55 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Jim Eliot and Mima Stilwell have written and produced records with some of today’s biggest pop stars, including Ellie Goulding , Kylie Minogue and Will Young. They started out by writing music in a band and touring festivals and venues in the UK then a lucky break took them into the pop writing world. Since then they have honed  their pop-writing craft to produce No 1 chart singles, hits and soundtracks. Come and work with them to combine classic songwriting with cutting-edge production skills giving you insight into the art of writing commercial hits. Bring a packed lunch.

Age16+
5 hours
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Quator Voce

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 4

Event 325 Venue: St Mary’s Church

The last of our four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor, K421; Beethoven’s String Quartet in C, Op59 No.3. Concert introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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

Price: £8.30
 
 

George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan

In Concert: Breaking the Spell of Loneliness

Event 347 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan

Hay regular George Monbiot and the folk singer and songwriter Ewan McLennan join their considerable forces for an evening that plays with songs and the human stories that inspired them. Mining the themes of loneliness and social isolation and the ways people overcome them, the interplay of words and music is poignant and encouraging.

Price: £10.30
 
 

Emmy the Great, Ina Shai and Simeon Hammond Dallas

The Canopy Festival

Event 351 Venue: Oxfam Moot

An evening of live music, spoken word and poetry inspired by trees and woods, culminating in a live performance by the sublime, magically engineered folk-mixer Emmy the Great, with a VJ set of woods/trees with visuals from a host of contemporary visual artists.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Fitty Gomash

Sound of the Baskervilles: Ceilidh Night

Event 356 Venue: Baskerville Hall, Clyro

Come and join a joyous reeling night with the five-piece Bristol ceilidh band.  No previous dancing experience necessary but you have to come with a big smile and be up for a party. Come on your own, come with a partner, come with a bunch of friends –  everyone is welcome.

Price: £10.30
 
 

Baby Queens with support from Kizzy Crawford

Live at Hay

Event 408 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Cara Elise (Guitar/Vocals), Estelle Ios (Guitar), Monique Bux (Vocals), Ruth Vibes (Vocals/Guitar) and Vanity (Vocals)

Kizzy Crawford’s prodigious songwriting ability naturally fuses folk, soul and jazz bringing something genuine, fresh and exciting to the musical landscape.

Price: £10.30
 
 

John Grant and DJ Chris Munton

The Sound of the Baskervilles

Event 409 Venue: Baskerville Hall, Clyro

Hot foot it over to our brand new, late night party den for an exceptional night of electronica, synthpop, house and disco, hosted by superstar special guest John Grant. Grant's Pale Green Ghosts album is already an absolute classic, and his collaborations with Tracey Thorn (Everything but the Girl) and Hercules & Love Affair have made him one of Europe's most sought-after musicians. Rising star, and local hero DJ Chris Munton will be on warm up duties, his infectious brand of upbeat party classics and dance floor bombs are guaranteed to have the place rocking!

Price: £10.30