Over the Moon Festival 2013

Published On August 5, 2013 | By We Love Brighton | Archive

13th – 15th September
Adults £99/Teens £45/Child £25/Free

Over the Moon Festival, now in its second year, is becoming firmly established as one of the most artistically ambitious events in the Sussex summer calendar. The festival takes place from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September 2013 in the idyllic countryside of the Downs, near Hailsham.

Jim Mitchell, Founder and Creator of Over the Moon, comments:

“As it enters its second edition and after being nominated for a UK Festival Award last year, Over the Moon is now firmly establishing itself as the most artistically ambitious event in the Sussex summer calendar. Music is just part of the experience, and our additional arts stages will play host to a selection of comedians, theatre, poets, writers and other performers that really do make Over the Moon much more than a music festival.”

First to headline Over the Moon’s main stage on the Friday will be The Hackney Colliery Band, who have been receiving rave reviews and a great deal of airplay on  the BBC, and who are sure to get you warmed up for the rest of the weekend. On Saturday, Slamboree will be warming up for The Freestylers, who will be performing a live set to coincide with the release of their new album, ‘The Coming Storm’. Expect some classic dance floor fillers and some brand new material guaranteed to get things jumping. On the Sunday The Urban Sedated Soundsystem has put together a line-up to see out the festival with a bang, including Dub Revolution and Professor Skank!

Other must see acts over the weekend include Brighton’s Physics House Band, the festival powerhouse that is the Carnival Collective, Gypsy Disco and Coda to name but a few.

This year Over the Moon is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with Latest TV and BMusic with more coverage of the festival on the network than ever before! Throughout the weekend numerous artists will be invited to do stripped down acoustic performances to be filmed by the channel in a secret location so make sure you don’t miss out. Keep an eye out also for the Over the Moon Opus press caravan where BMusic will be interviewing many of the performers and bringing the festival spirit to Latest TV, giving you the chance to watch back exclusive highlights from the festival and experience the magic all over again.

In addition to the music bill, Over the Moon offers an unrivalled selection of innovative arts programming. The dedicated arts tents, stages and spaces will offer performances from a spectacular mix of artists across comedy, film, dance, theatre, literature, poetry and cabaret.

Circus is  a mainstay of the festival vibe with some jaw dropping shows and opportunities to learn with our wild and wondrous performers. Look out for Shambolic Sideshow‘s ever innovative displays, a wild and wonderful collection of clowns, acrobats and walkabout performers centred in and exploding out of our brand new circus Big Top. From 11am-6pm each day there will be a family & kids program of performance and structured workshops ending each day with a children’s disco.

As the dusk draws near and the stars come out, our circus tent will be transformed into a world of decadent delight, becoming a place to escape, unwind and give yourself over to be entertained into the early hours. Expect to be dazzled and amazed by a scintillating selection of the finest burlesque and cabaret stars.

Queen Vic’s Emporium of Entertainment” as seen at the Reading Fringe Festival will be on hand to tickle festival-goers fancies over the weekend, including acts from the lively little number ‘Dame La Reine’ along with ukulele artists ‘No Direction’ and the comedy clowns, Eek and Tinker. The light and dark of the Victorian era awaits as jesters, poets, singers, burlesquers and Queen Vic herself perform for your amusement.

Agent Burlieque returns with eight new acts this year. Dynamic, exciting, highly entertaining and authentic they provide an evening of fun fuelled antics, feathers, hilarity and titillation that will be sure to get you hot under the collar and begging for more.

Ant ‘The Game Cat’ Smith also known as ‘The Badger Bearded Bard of the Boudoir’, partly due to his striking beard but mostly due to his intimate, usually funny, and always poignant expose of what it is to be mere humans. He has been performing for over two decades across the country at festivals, universities, comedy venues, literary venues, pubs and even on the streets. As well as winning the 2012 award at the Edinburgh Free Fringe Festival Best Spoken Word Show, Ant is set to bring his brazen, melodic rhythms to Over the Moon too.

Other performers in our various arts stages include so far: The Close Shaves, Jacqueline Haigh, Dan Hunt, Paul Johnson aka Michael Mavrik, Jim Grant, Dave Parrett, Ryan Molloy and Doug Horner.

Over the Moon prides itself on catering for all ages and there is something suitable for all with the huge array of family-friendly activities available for children and parents alike making it a playground of possibility. Children are entertained all day and into the night with everything from face painting to trampolining, with circus skills workshops and even a procession on the last day of the festival where the children can dress up and parade everything they have made over the weekend. A real hive of activity, Over the Moon is the place where children never want to leave and parents wish they could stay!



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