A REGULAR fixture at The Globe in Hay-on-Wye until Covid sent them online last year, HowTheLightGetsIn is back with its second Virtual Reality festival on Saturday, May 29.

HowTheLightGetsIn May 2021 is the world's largest philosophy and music festival, with the most original minds on the planet: from Nobel Prize winners to environmental campaigners, top politicians to radical journalists.

Alongside dynamic debates, speakers delve into their specialist topics in Solo Talks and Philosophy comes to life in Hat Sessions.


Headlining the musical offering this year is London four-piece, Mystery Jets, whose members have been long term advocates for social change.

Joining the indie rockers will be Manchester based musician, and former BBC Introducing Artist of the Week, Izzie Walsh, blending country, bluegrass, folk and Americana into her rich soundscapes.

South West troupe Pattern Pushers will also grace the virtual stage at this year’s festival, having gained fans from 6Music, BBC Introducing and GQ Magazine for their funk-filled rhythms.

With his signature mix of disco debauchery and high-energy party house, DJ Max Galactic is a formidable party starter. A HowTheLightGetsIn veteran, Max brought his impeccably mixed funk and soul to the first online festival in May 2020 and is back due to popular demand. With 100+ speakers and artists, 80+ events and 10 virtual stages, May’s event promises a day filled with unmissable debates, comedy, music and talks: from UK-based rapper and political activist Lowkey, philosopher Slavoj Žižek, powerful critic of misogyny in the Middle East and an unflinching advocate for women's rights Ayan Hirsi Ali, English film director and creator of The Pervert's Guide to Cinema Sophie Fiennes, UK comedian and star of Live At The Apollo, Feel Good and Sex Education Sindhu Vee, award-winning comedian, writer and actor Catherine Bohart and many, many more.

Find the full line-up at HowTheLightGetsIn.org