The Artist Management team are the main Hay Festival point of contact for festival speakers, publicists and agents. They can help you with travel and accommodation arrangements and anything else you might need to make your visit to Hay Festival easy and enjoyable.
In 2020 the Festival runs from Thursday 21 May to Sunday 31 May.
The Artist Management team ensure you are well looked after throughout your time at the Hay Festival. We:
Get in touch to let us know your accommodation and travel requirements.
We do not book accommodation for publicists – please use our official accommodation partner VisitHay.
If you are appearing as part of the festival programme, or if you represent someone who is speaking at the festival, then the Artist Management team can book accommodation on your behalf, and will be happy to work to your requirements and budget (most rooms range from £100–£300 per night during the festival).
We charge a 15% admin fee to cover our time in finding, vetting and booking accommodation. This fee will be added to the cost of your accommodation when we invoice you.
Two weeks before the festival starts. We block book accommodation year on year as rooms are in such high demand. We then gather all the information from speakers to see what everyone requires for their visit and allocate rooms accordingly.
Hay is a small town and rooms within walking distance of the festival are over-subscribed. We will do our best to meet everyone's requirements, but a lot of our rooms are a short drive outside of Hay.
By Monday 20 April 2020.
Hay-on-Wye only has one hotel, and a limited number of B&Bs. Because of high demand lots of local people do pop-up bed and breakfast for the festival week only, so it might be that we place you in a room in a private house. We do vet all of the accommodation we use, and we go back to the same reliable providers year after year.
If you give us at least two weeks' notice before the festival starts we will not charge you. If you give us less than two weeks' notice we will do our best to refill the room with another booking. If we can't, we are still obliged to pay for the room and will have to pass this cost on to you. The latest date that we can guarantee charge-free cancellation is Wednesday 6 May 2020.
Directions and travel options can be found on our travel page.
Hereford Train Station is the closest to Hay, a 40 minute drive. If you're a festival speaker arriving by train we can arrange transport between Hereford Train Station and Hay. Please inform us of your train arrival and departure times as soon as you know them. We like to leave Hay one hour before your return train is due to depart.
If your train is delayed please call our transport desk on 01497 570 877 to inform us of your new arrival time.
We have a small car park opposite the festival site. Speakers may only use this car park on the day(s) of their event(s). You will need to state your name and your event number to the security staff on the gate to gain entry. Please use alternative parking if you are visiting the festival site on other days.
Our festival cars are in great demand during the festival. We can collect and return you to the train station, and if necessary we can bring you to the festival site for your event. Please book these journeys before the festival begins. For all other journeys please use alternative transport. The festival site is only a 10-minute walk from the centre of town, and we can provide shuttle bus passes at Artists Reception on site. There are three local taxi firms:
Radnor & Kington Taxis
Events at Hay Festival last for an hour (unless otherwise specified in the programme). A typical one-hour event consists of a 45-minute talk (either by a single speaker or as an 'in conversation' between a chairperson and one or more speakers); and we usually open the last 15 minutes of the session to audience Q&A.
Please come straight to the Artists Reception desk to let us know you've arrived, and make sure you're in the Green Room at least one hour before the start time of your event.
Please fill in our technical requirements form. This will go directly to our technical team and they can ensure that everything is ready for you on the day.
We have always recorded all Hay Festival events for our audio archive online and now film some events for our Hay Player. As part of our global partnership with them the BBC put some clips and extracts of various events on the BBC Arts Online digital platform. Your session may be excerpted on different BBC platforms in the UK and internationally. If you would not like your event included in this activity please let us know before the festival.
You will be able to reserve your allocation of complimentary tickets a fortnight before the festival when you will be sent a link in your confirmation email. Speakers are entitled to tickets to their own event(s), plus up to ten complimentary tickets to other events (subject to availability). We reserve an allocation of tickets for speakers, so in some cases when an event is sold out to the public we may have a few seats left for speakers.
Please let us know your mobile number so we can contact you on the day if needed. Email Heather your mobile number.
You can contact Heather, Ellen or Meg on our onsite landline 01497 570 877. This line is only active during the festival. You can otherwise reach us before/after the festival in the office on 01497 822 620.
Please contact Heather Salisbury if you have any other questions.