Date(s) - 24/08/2018 - 27/08/2018
Pippingford Park, Nutley, Uckfield.
Friday-Monday August 24-27
Tickets from £35
Film actor Hugh Grant, the star of the BBC’s A Very English Scandal, is to appear at the second Byline Festival, where the headliners are activist band Pussy Riot and Badly Drawn Boy (pictured above, left). Other speakers and performers include the actors John Cleese (pictured above, right) and Joanna Scanlan, broadcasters June Sarpong, Gary Lineker, Bonnie Greer and Hardeep Singh Kohli, comedians Alexei Sayle and Andy Hamilton, authors Kate Mosse, and A L Kennedy – and a circus from New Orleans. Events at the journalism-based festival, which aims to mix intellect and spontaneity for people “who don’t want to take Trump, fake news or alternative truth at face value”, include the Bad Press Awards. Among the 120 music acts are the Blow Monkeys, DJ Nihal, The Vapors, Rhoda Dakar, Tom Hingley, The Priscillas and the Jam Tarts Indie Choir (pictured below, right). In the three big talk tents will be leading journalists, politicians, experts and activists from around the world who will be tackling today’s big issues. There will be workshops and a section called The Other Bit at Byline, which includes Rap Battles, live Urban Art sessions, as well as global DJs. The Trumpton Village Fete (pictured below, left), by Mike Dicks, will recreate a post-Brexit 1950s village, run by the Mayor of Trumpton, alongside vegetable competitions and Morris dancing. Open-mic sessions are encouraged on top of an old Routemaster bus. The forest fringe includes the Idler tent and the Byline Cocktail bar, and there will be family activities in The House of Fairy Tales, plus a Woodland Spa, photojournalism hanging from branches of trees to form The Gallery in the Trees, and a recreation of the bar of London’s legendary media Frontline Club. Glamping is available.