One thing that the Curious Arts Festival has always done well is its comedians over the years and they’ve just announced that the superb Al Murray will be appearing this year! He’ll join Radio 4 regular Simon Evans, lightening-quick sketch group The Noise Next Door and gifted character acts Jo Neary and Milo McCabe in the New Forest this July.
Comedy lovers at Curious 2018 can also catch Adam Kay, currently topping the best seller list with THIS IS GOING TO HURT, a poignant but hilarious diary of his experience as an NHS doctor, kids favourite James Campbell, Australian podcaster Alice Fraser (Tea with Alice), Cambridge footlights graduate Ben Pope and award-winning Laura Lexx. More info on everything else below!
It’s just been announced that Brit singer songwriter John Newman will headline Saturday’s music line up at the Curious Arts Festival which, following last year’s surprise duet when Birdy joined 2017 headliner Tom Odell, is fast becoming a must-do festival of the summer.
The performance will be one of the first for a while by Brit Award nominated John whose breakthrough hit ‘Love Me Again’ shot to no.1 in July 2013 to be followed up by ‘Come and Get it’ from his acclaimed second album Revolve – More news on the other acts below and book here: www.curiousartsfestival.com
Last summer we travelled up from Devon to visit the wonderful Curious Arts Festival at Pylewell Park in Hampshire, my highlights in the images above and full review here, and so we’re very excited to not only head back this year, but also share the first announcement for some great acts joining them on the weekend of Friday 20 July through to Sunday 22 July and… it’s their 5th birthday!
The Curious Arts Festival is a wonderfully eclectic music, comedy, arts, literature and family-friendly festival in the grounds of Pylewell Park in the New Forest. So far we’ve got the following acts announced and there’s more to come:
- Music from OUTLYA, FLYTE and RAZORLIGHT frontman Gus with his GREAT BRAIN ROBBERY collective so far with more to be announced in due course (last year Tom Odell, Birdy and Izzy Bizu headlined)
- Stellar comedy line up across the weekend hosted by Radio 4 favourite SIMON EVANS
- Choirmaster GARETH MALONE hosted special event
- Writers KATE MOSSE, ADAM KAY and LEMM SISSAY announced today
- Pop-up theatre, writing workshops, snail racing, midnight bat walks, life drawing, cricket match and much more..
Full price weekend tickets are £128, with children over 5 and over at just £23. Children under 5 are free. Early-bird weekend tickets (£103 adult, £225 family) are now on sale at www.curiousartsfestival.com
Read our very positive review of last year by clicking here and here’s a bit more insight with links!
Curious offers fabulous novelists, exceptional historians, performing poets, some of the UK’s most exciting musicians and bands, a stellar line up of comedy talent and a uniquely engaging programme for children.
1n 2018 the capacity remains at 5,000. Small IS beautiful! And the atmosphere will be as dreamy and eccentric as ever. You might find yourself learning how to write a Petrarchan sonnet, losing your life-savings at Black-Jack, creating a vintage doll’s house from scratch or joining a LOVE workshop among many other offerings and experiences.
Expect illuminating adventures, lively literary chat, breakfast briefings on the day’s news, cocktail masterclasses, cartoon clubs, the return of MJ’s pop-up choir, a fine array of food providers, fireworks and of course the festival would not be complete without its annual cricket match: The Authors X1 play Pylewell Park in what will be a hotly contested match. The score currently stands at 2-2 and whoever wins this match will win the series.
Children’s events include puppetry, pop up theatre events, story-telling and journalism workshops as well as comedy for kids
The festival will take place from 20th to 22nd July 2018. Full price weekend tickets are £128, with children over 5 and over at just £23. Children under 5 are free. Early-bird weekend tickets (£103 adult, £225 family) are now on sale at www.curiousartsfestival.com.