Virtual Festivals To Tune Into
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With all large-scale events banned until further notice, festival season is going to look a little different this year. We sadly won’t be enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of our favourite summer fiestas – but we can still have a taste of the action by tuning into one of the virtual festivals taking place. Read on for some of the best, spanning the worlds of music, food, literature and theatre.
Will Young, Beverley Knight and Rory Bremner are all set to perform at Henley’s digital concert, taking place on what would have been the final day of the much-loved glamorous festival. The two-hour evening event will be streamed live from the Hurley House Hotel, with all ticket sales helping allow the not-for-profit festival to continue in 2021.
When? 12 July 2020, 7.30-9.30pm
How? Tickets from £10.10, henley-festival.co.uk
The Great Feast of London
Created as a celebration of the capital, The Great Feast of London mixes the virtual with the real. This means digital experiences from top chefs – including Ollie Dabbous, Nuno Mendes and James Cochran – and live DJ sets, to be enjoyed alongside real food deliveries from London’s best restaurants. Most events will be free to attend, while meals and DIY food kits will be available at a range of different prices. What’s more, for every food order made A Plate For London will donate a meal to a hungry Londoner in need.
When? 3 – 5 July 2020
How? Visit greatfeast.com
Authors, musicians and thinkers from all over the world are set to feature in the HIF Weekender, taking place on the weekend that usually hosts Harrogate’s famed Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. On the literature side, highlights include Ian Rankin being interviewed by N. J. Cooper, Lee Child reflecting on his career with fellow author Joseph Finder, and Val McDermid unpacking the impact of her infamous New Blood panel, and much more. Elsewhere, there are performances from jazz maestro Mischa Mullov-Abbado, British cellist Steven Isserlis and award-winning concerto violinist Tasmin Little, alongside a strand of TED-style talks.
When? 23 – 26 July 2020
How? Visit harrogateinternationalfestivals.com
Tomorrowland Around The World
Belgian electronic dance festival Tomorrowland is set to take the virtual events world to new heights with its online extravaganza, taking place this July. The festival will be presented on a new digital platform that invites festival-goers to enter through a virtual 3D map; once inside they’ll be met with live event simulations, fairytale-like stage designs and of course a top music line-up, featuring the likes of Afrojack, Robin Schulz and Fedde Le Grand.
When? 25 – 26 July 2020
How? Tickets from € 12.50, book at tommorowland.com
Cook with Netflix star Asma Khan, discover a new skincare routine with Pixi, workout with Heartcore and much more at Carnaby Together, a month of sustainable and charitable initiatives from the Carnaby community. The virtual events taking place span the worlds of fashion, food, beauty and fitness, with a whole host of Q&As, Instagram tutorials and cook-along sessions to tune into. Fred Perry will champion its ongoing collaboration with the Amy Winehouse Foundation through a Q&A with one of the charity’s founders, Jane Whitehouse, while founder of MOSCOT, Dr Harvey Moscot, will be giving advice on how to maintain eye health while working from home. There will be opportunities to win prizes throughout the month too, including a box of vegetables from Detox Kitchen, and pizza making kits from Pizza Pilgrims.
When: Throughout June 2020
How: Visit Carnaby.co.uk/CarnabyTogether for details on upcoming events
Happy Place Virtual Festival
Gary Barlow, Clara Amfo, Craig David and Reggie Yates are just a few of the names lined up for Fearne Cotton’s virtual festival, which kicks off on 12 June and runs for a whole month. Themed around wellbeing and inspired by Fearne’s chart-topping podcast, the free festival will be hosted by inspirational figures across the worlds of TV, radio, music, sport and wellness. From music to meditation to storytelling to craft workshops, everything is designed to promote serenity, calm and escapism during these unsettling times. All content is free, though there are opportunities to make donations too, with all money raised going towards Mind, The Prince’s Trust, CoppaFeel and NHS Charities Together.
When? 12 June – 12 July 2020
How? All content is free but donations are encouraged, happyplacefestival.com
Free global virtual literary festival venue My VLF was launched in April 2019, well before coronavirus came into our lives. It was born out of a love of books, and the desire to connect readers and authors without the need to travel or spend money attending a literary event. Now, of course, it’s more relevant than ever. Events take place frequently throughout the year: June is all about the Historical Book Festival, with a line-up including Kate Mosse, Ellen Alpsten and Victoria Hislop.
When: Available to watch on the website now
How: Sign up to My VLF for free, and you’ll have access to all events via myvlf.com