More names for Greenbelt 2018

More names for Greenbelt 2018

Here are just a few of the highlights that we’re adding to the bill today, ahead of our Tier 2 ticket deadline on June 30th.

For the comedy bill, see our dedicated blog here. (There’s lots to look forward to including Mae Martin, Flo and Joan, Harry and ChrisBourgeois and Maurice, Tony LawDaphna Baram, The Edi Johnston bit and the re-birth of Greenbelt’s own homegrown late night comedy review show – for one night only.)

Next week we’ll share more about our visual arts and worship programmes. And we’ll have Leena Norms’ latest vlog, in which she’ll pick out some of her favourite things to help you get a feel for the gems in store.

But here are just a few more things to look out for today:


  • Alice Procter will be sharing her ‘Museum of the Future’ thinking with us to help us face the future by reconstructing the past, especially as museums typically present it to us.
  • Cole Moreton will be collaborating with Salma Yaqoob this summer to host The Daily Mirror show – reflecting on the news of the day together with you, the audience, and special guests.
  • Muslim blogger Hussein Kesvani will be around to help us think about the future from a Muslim perspective as part of our dedicated futures venue and programme (linking in with our theme being Acts of the Imagination).
  • Florence Schecter‘s playfully provocative Vagina Museum will be part of the returning Red Tent venue and its programme this year.
  • Festival favourite Pádraig Ó Tuama will be back with thoughts on Brexit and Borders from the other side of the Irish Sea using the biblical story of Ruth as a way into the current climate.


We’re thrilled to have Young Foyle Poets AK Blakemore and Annie Katchinska with us, as well as welcoming back Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, with his latest book – all about his dog (and, by extension, our relationship with non-human creation).


The latest music names announced include Palestinian instrumental ensemble Al Raseef, the insanely energetic and irresistible Brass Rave Unit (pictured at the head of this blog), Jake MorleyKimarne and Seven Cities.

Performing Arts

In residence all weekend long will be the Le Flea (Du Cirque) presented by Tin Shed Theatre, complete with their own little Big Top. Plus Box, presented by Inverted Company – a dazzling and tender show of hand-balancing, playful acrobatics and a mysterious box of tricks.


See the blog here about the way we’re changing up youth programming and provision onsite this year. There will be much more detail about the youth programme at the start of July, when we launch our brand new festival App. But what we can say now is that we’re pleased to be joined by the Fitzsimmons – Jo and Ellie – who will share their story of a family working living through the gender transition of one of its members and the journey of faith and love that developed around that.

Faith and spirituality 

Methodist minister Rev Rob Hilton will be bringing his very own self-built shepherd’s hut, Hilda, to the festival. A beautifully crafted space for reflection and prayer, nestling in among the trees at Boughton this August.

  • For the full lineup as announced so far, visit our detailed lineup pages here
  • For a headline, snapshot of the festival in printable poster-form as it was at the start of June, click here to download a PDF
  • Watch out for announcements in July about our brand new festival App which will provide you with dynamic details of the full programme as we finalise it in the last few weeks ahead of the festival.