Where would the world be without the artistic imagination, creativity and encouragement of the BBC’s children and radio shows? You can explore the answer at a three-month exhibition at The Lowry this summer.
Legend has it – well, a press release – that festival co-founder Melanie Bliss woke up in the wee small hours of a July morning, just after Blissfields 2013, with a vision of drag queens and animals running wild, as an earthy bass-line trembled amid the trees of the festival, an echoing whisper, a chorus of “do de-do, de-do, du, de do-doo …”.
And so the theme for Blissfields 2014, Walk on the Wildside, was born, ‘made all the more poignant by the recent passing of Lou Reed, 2014 will be a celebration of living life to the fullest, to look at the world with innocence and a sense of excitement’.
The whole idea is to leave your inhibitions at the door and explore the side of yourself that doesn’t usually run free. (There’s even talk of ‘finding your spirit animal, your Patronus, and pace with them hand in hand, momentarily to explore, and be as one with the world and it’s nature’.)
All this is all very well, but what about the music, you may ask. Fear ye not. The first wave of acts to be announced continues the Blissfields theme of showcasing great established and emerging talent.
2ManyDJs and Sleigh Bells, plus Hercules And Love Affair, Chloe Howl, Tune-Yards, Dan Croll, Snakehips, Luke Sital Singh, Nick Mulvey, and more are now also confirmed for the award-winning family-friendly event in Hampshire.
For the run-down so far, and for more on the new Fields Of Bliss Spa, plus to snap up your tickets, take that wild walk of yours over to the Blissfields site.
Once, the Oscar-winning film turned into Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical, is at London’s Phoenix Theatre, where it’s managed to pick up six Olivier award nominations – including the top gong going, Best Musical.