KITE Festival

KITE is championing rising musicians, including Prima Queenan all-female indie/alternative rock band fronted by best friends with a bitter-sweet style, Tokyo- born, London- raised Midori Jaeger and MADMADMAD who will rock audiences with their mutant sound of 70’s no-wave, post-punk and disco music. Joining them is vocalist and producer Margomool whose music conjures spacey worlds, inspired by nature, improvisation and soulful grooves, Welsh singer-songwriter Sweet Baboo will charm with his psychedelic-laced country-folk music and Yama Warashi who will bring a wealth of musical influences from Japanese folk dances, free jazz to punk and traditional African rhythms.  

There will be a whole host of leading names taking part in KITE’s Ideas programme, there will be In Conversations (long-form interviews), ThinkIns (smaller group discussions), KITE Lessons as well as panels, debates, live podcasts and comedy. All covering a range of subjects from climate change, class to anti-racism, #metoo and the NHS.

KITE Lessons will include, How to live fearlessly with Fats Timbo, a 23-year-old TikTok comedian with 2.5 million followers, who rose to prominence for her snappy sketches, quick wit and disability-advocacy. How to own the room with writer, broadcaster and stand-up comedian Viv GroskopHow to write a speech with chief speechwriter to Tony Blair in 10 Downing Street Phil Collins and How to have better conversations with BBC Radio 5Live presenter Nihal Arthanayake. Other lessons include How to write with journalist and author Giles Whittell, How to make a comic with acclaimed children’s author and illustrator Emily Haworth-Booth and a Lesson in leadership with inspirational speaker Simon Sinek. 

Podcasts will come in a various shapes and sizes, actor Mike Fenton Stevens, who has appeared in everything from Benidorm (ITV) to The Crown (Netflix) will speak with critically acclaimed comedian Dave Gorman to find out his most treasured possessions in My Time Capsule.  Rosie Wilby, award-winning comedian, author and podcaster of the The Breakup Monologues will be in conversation with one of Britain’s most original comedians, Lou Sanders.

There will be plenty of laughs for the kids too with musical comedian and YouTube sensation Jay Foreman, in his show Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children. Comedic historian, Greg Jenner, best known for his educational comedy podcast for the BBC, You’re Dead to Me will bring his show Surprisingly Silly History of Stuff to the festival.  

The three-day greenfield camping festival offers Weekend, Day, Camping and Glamping and tickets for an experience that is accessible to all ages.

This year we have the likes of Music from Pretenders, Ezra Collective, Django Django join Hot Chip, Suede, Baxter Dury and Candi Stato, and ideas from Dame Joan Collins, Adam Kay, Susanna Hoffs, Munroe Bergdorf, Elizabeth Day, Mel Giedroyc, Rachel Reeves, Chris Patten, David Baddiel, Alastair Campbell, Fats Timbo join Marina Hyde Simon Sinek and many more.

TICKETS are still available for as little of £154 + bf (camping) or £59 + bf (daily tickets).


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