High Peak community festival back with stellar line-up and Arts Council England backing.

What: Festival Sessions
Where: Just off the Sett Valley Trail, Hayfield, High Peak
When: 1st – 3rd September
Details: Five curated sessions over three days, including Drag and Vogue, Mini festival, Dance Party, Wellbeing morning and Local Bands.
Kids 15 and under are free Limited weekend tickets on Sale now for £60
Session tickets on sale now from £12

The Tent People are back with the highly anticipated return of Festival Sessions, the High Peak community festival focused on creating a fun, welcoming and inclusive space via arts, music and entertainment.
Festival Sessions is set to take place from September 1st to 3rd, just off the picturesque Sett Valley Trail, with views of Kinder Scout and Lantern Pike. The festival celebrates the vibrancy and diversity in the arts and entertainment space, presenting five curated sessions over three days. Each session offers a unique experience, ensuring there’s something for everyone.
Now in its second year and backed with Arts Council England, National Lottery Funding, Directors Joss Underwood and Lyndsay Thomas have drawn on Joss’ experience working at Manchester International Festival to curate a bold and ambitious weekend of events.
Director, Joss Underwood said “We want to bring city quality culture into the hills and make it accessible to local people. Through the arts council funding we have maintained an exceptionally high-quality line up, whilst keeping ticket prices low and children 15 and under are granted free admission”.
The festival puts inclusivity and representation at the core and the launch night starts with a dazzling display of drag, vogue and performance brought to you by Manchester LGBTQ+ legends, Ghetto Fabulous.
Darren Pritchard from Ghetto Fabulous said: “We are extremely excited to be part of this year’s festival. Taking and presenting queer, black, joy in places and spaces that we usually don’t get to go to is vastly important to us. We spread this message through dance, music and performance and people coming together under one roof (or tent in this case!) to watch some fierce and fabulous performers.”
For younger families, the Mini Fest session on Saturday is a must-attend event, creating an inclusive and fun-filled experience for the little ones and in the evening, dance enthusiasts will be in for a treat as Festival Sessions hosts a brilliant line-up of Dance DJs. The Dance Party presents a majority female DJ line up and actively seeks to feature and build emerging talent.
Ailsa Parsons, DJ and Techno Cèilidh specialist says: “Since performing as a DJ and Techno Cèilidhist for The Tent People, I have gained both confidence and exposure as an artist/performer which has launched me into other events and spaces, including Moovin festival and Valley Fest Bristol.”
Sunday morning of the festival will dial down the tempo with holistic well-being, providing a serene and rejuvenating environment for attendees to relax and recharge. The final session of the weekend concludes with an afternoon of live music, presenting an eclectic mix of music genres, showcasing the exceptional talent within the High Peak community.
Weekend tickets for Festival Sessions are now on sale for £60, offering access to all sessions and individual session tickets are also available from £12, allowing attendees to tailor their festival experience based on their preferences.

To purchase tickets or learn more about Festival Sessions, please visit the official festival website at festivalsessions.co.uk. For further enquiries, please contact Lyndsay Thomas at lyndsay@thetentpeople.co.uk or call 07793 458973.

Highlights reel from last year here: https://youtu.be/qUI_-Hj03X0

About The Tent People:
The Tent People are a pop up venue and social enterprise based in Hayfield. With a passion for creating memorable experiences and inclusive spaces, they specialise in organising regular community events across the High Peak with their unique stretch tents. With a commitment to uplifting the local community via jobs, arts promotion, events and diversity, The Tent People are providing spaces where communities can connect, have fun and come back together after the pandemic.

Press Contact:
Joss Underwood
Company: The Tent People
Phone: 07772179087
Email: joss@thetentpeople.co.uk
Website: https://thetentpeople.co.uk/festival-sessions


Sponsors and funders:
Field 19 Ltd
Conscious Music Arts Council England


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