Greenbelt at ‘magical’ new site

22 August 2014

GEOFF CRAWFORD

COMMUNITY UNDER CANVAS THE camping fields surround the festival site, and are just a short walk away from the action. These serene fields are tended lovingly by Boughton House's gardens teams, but over the August Bank Holiday weekend they will be buzzing with typical Greenbelt campsite activity. This gate leads directly to the Glade, and is one of the key entry points to the festival.

COMMUNITY UNDER CANVAS THE camping fields surround the festival site, and are just a short walk away from the action. These serene fields are tended ...

"COME with an open mind, and wrap up warm": that's the advice for everyone travelling to this year's Greenbelt Festival, which gets under way today, writes Tim Wyatt.

For the first time, the annual celebration of arts, faith, and justice is being held at Broughton House, near Kettering. Paul Northup, Greenbelt's creative director, said on Wednesday that preparations at the new site had gone well. "So far we are where we need to be," he said. "There's a magic to the landscape itself - which Cheltenham racecourse never really had. Greenbelters will find it inspiring."

Among the headline acts this year are Sinéad O'Connor; the singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh; the Revd Mpho Tutu (daughter of Desmond); the political commentator Owen Jones; and the writer Anne Lamott (Features, 15 August).

Mr Northup said people should arrive ready to be challenged.

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