Greenbelt to stage indoor Christmas event

29 November 2019


Harry Baker and Chris Read

Harry Baker and Chris Read

THE Greenbelt Festival is hoping to convert its outdoor summer vibe into an indoor winter event in north London next week.

The poet Harry Baker and his musician partner Chris Read are hosting “From Boughton to Bethlehem: Christmas with Greenbelt Festival and Friends” at the Union Chapel, Islington, on Wednesday, 4 December.

The line-up includes favourites from previous festivals, among whom are Folk On, Bridget Minamore, and the Revd Kate Bottley, as well as the “OK Christmas Chorale”, the ad hoc sing-along band that closed this summer’s festival with one of Greenbelt’s biggest-ever late-night crowds.

The festival’s artistic director, Paul Northup, described the event as “not a concert as such — more like a party with all your favourite people united in a warm, supportive community”. The idea was to create something “purely joyful and heartwarming at a time that feels bonkers in many other respects”.

Tickets are still available and cost £20. For further details visit

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