Taking place in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside this June is the ‘Also Festival’. Honestly, I had never heard of it before I had to do some research on it for work. What I have found out, is that it’s a boutique festival that is still relatively new to the UK festival scene. It creates a new twist on your standard music festival by combining life subjects with the usual festival features.
Breaking the mould through its use of mixing life subjects with live music, food and entertainment, the Also Festival offers a completely different take on the festival experience. The event was created by writer Helen Bagnall and musician Juliet Russell, the owners of Salon London. Taking inspiration from the early 17th Century cultural ‘Salon’ movement that was prominent throughout Europe until the 19th Century, Salon London is a once-a-month gathering for those interested in art, literature and science. As an extension to Salon London, the Also Festival was created in 2014 to provide an intimate, natural experience to include 500 people outside of the postcode to participate.
With a weekend filled with live comedy and music, workshops and demonstrations, taking place in the picturesque, Capability Brown sculpted setting … Doesn’t this sound good to you? If so, then you’ll LOVE the Also Festival! The weekend kicks off on the Friday night with a three-course meal, provided by Vogue-recommended and L’Anima trained Nina Parker, who will be cooking up an Amalfi Coast inspired feast. This will begin at 7pm, followed by live music.
Ease yourself into the weekend, at dusk, with a game of rounders, or for the more creative types, there is the option of partaking in a lantern-making workshop. Friday night also sees the turn of comedian acts such as the award winning Marcel Lucont, star of the John Bishop Christmas Show, who will be entertaining the crowds later. And for those wanting a dance, there is the opportunity to become your very own DJ with the chance to play your own set. With a weekend-long, pop-up prosecco bar, provided by the London Black Cab Coffee Comapny, you can allow yourself to relax to the max.
Saturday morning gives you the option of partaking in a ‘Rave Yoga’ class. Whether you’re a long-time yoga devotee, or just fancy a new experience, join us in waking up your system and maybe help with recovery from the night before! With music accompanied by DJ Steve Vertigo, get stuck into the rhythm and allow your yoga asanas (movements) to stretch that bit further. Excuse the pun, I couldn’t resist. And after your yoga class, take a shower (Yes, this festival has actual showers and toilets…we couldn’t believe it either!) and get ready for a night of musical mayhem with Vertigo.
The night time calls for live music from a variety of singers, including the soulful Ruby Blu and acoustic Matt Maltese, allowing you to relax under the stars with friends. If you’re feeling brave, then feel free to try out ‘Rockeoke’, whereby you can sing with a live rock band, all in the name of having a good time! This is followed by a huge bonfire, which gives you ample opportunity to bond with fellow campers over toasted marshmallows, kindly provided by the organisers.
After a fabulous night under the stars you’ll probably want to retire to your bedroom…only to come to the realisation that you’re going to be spending the night in a small, dingy tent. Well you don’t need to worry as the Also Festival has its very own Safari Hotel. This is an exclusive area that encompasses beautifully decorated bell tents, giving you a luxury festival experience. This is glamping at its finest. But you’ll need to hurry as we’ve been told there are only 10 places left! (Surely less than that now!).
Breakfast on Sunday morning takes a new turn with a philosophy breakfast. Here, you will be given the tools, by a leading UK Philosopher, to ponder on how to live your life. And if you’re looking for other ways to unwind, there will be romantic poetry readings by the lake; Im not sure you can get anymore romantic than that! If readings aren’t your thing but you’re still looking for a creative venture, then why not have a go learning how to DJ, knitting egg cosies, creating festival lanterns or learning Bhangra? These are for the kids, plus loads more choice on offer. For the adults, like how to dance like you’re in an MTV video or try your own hand at Bhangra or take part with the London Tribo Band group!