Food for Thought Lineup

DAY TIME: A place to learn new things, be inspired, think in a different way and encourage conversations and debates over the weekend. We are hosting some of the finest minds from the world of music, literature and entertainment.

NIGHT TIME: Transformed to our alternative dance tent each evening once the main stage music has ended. Expect power pop, power ballads and indie gems all brought to you with not even that much irony!

Friday 27th July: We will be screening the opening ceremony of the Olympics in this tent, so you’ll be sure not to miss out on such a historic moment. You’ll have a big screen, big sofas and all the fun of the weekend ahead… perfect!



Stuart Maconie

Stuart co-hosts the Radcliffe and Maconie Show as well as The Freak Zone on BBC 6 Music and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of music and popular culture. Described by The Times as a “national treasure” he’s also one of the UK’s best selling travel writers, his work being compared to Bill Bryson, Alan Bennett and John Peel.


Jon Ronson

Spend some time in the company of writer and documentary film maker Jon Ronson as he lets you into his wonderful world of weird happenings and strange characters. Hear the story behind his latest book The Psychopath Test – A Journey into the Madness Industry. His books like The Men Who Stare At Goats are international best sellers and this one has even been turned into a major motion picture starring George Clooney. He has also made the four times Sony nominated BBC Radio 4 series, Jon Ronson on… looking forward to this one!


Pat Long

Pat is the current online features editor at The Times and was previously assistant editor at the NME. He comes and talks about his new book which looks back at the NME and the history of British indie and underground media, as the magazine turns 60 this year. Pat has also written about music for The Guardian, Uncut, Q and Select. You might say, “he knows his music”. Come and listen.


Richard Fox

Richard is the culinary incarnation of David Blaine. He will teach you how to convert all your food you throw away each week into gastronomic masterpieces, which will make Jamie weep. In short, inspirational ideas and recipes to help you waste less food. Remember we waste over 6 million tonnes of food a year in the UK, which equates to about £500 a year per household. A cause close to our heart having showed the fabulous documentary Dive! last year. And help save you a few pounds too.

Friday and Saturday


New for 2012 we see a new partnership with Bettakultcha. This will be a series of 5 minute presentations that inspire, inform and entertain. A cabaret of ideas if you like. Presenters talk about their passions, no sales pitch of any kind, no theme, no censorship… just you. Expect a mountaineer who lost his fingers to frostbite, physics in 5 minutes, the science of what your mum told you, a man on a raleigh chopper and why everything you know is wrong. Varied enough?! We are looking for you to get involved too, so if you have something passionate you want to talk about, email your idea with “Loungeabout” in the subject line to by 31st May.


Danielle Moore (Crazy P)

Pop Til You Drop is a night, which unashamedly celebrates the decades of quality pop, which have coloured our memories and shaped our lives! Join Danielle Crazy P and Neil Diablo your hosts for the evening as they take you on a musical journey through audio delights from Prince to Pulp, Grace Jones to Grand Master Flash-all bases covered. Requests and dedications welcomed and we will endeavor to please. Join us in our attempt to create the biggest festival conga, show us your moves on our catwalk of fame and come dressed accordingly…POP ‘CHIC’ of course!!!


Death on the Baclony

The combined forces of Mark Caramelli and Paul Hargreaves have been causing a huge stir under their guise, Death on the Balcony for some time now. Their unique style fuses a range of influences from Disco, House and 80′s re edits. They are respectable producers and remixers too, receiving mass support from some of the biggest players on the scene, including Luciano and Soul Clap. Expect some clever familiar tunes mixed up like you have never heard them before.


Disco Mums

Disco Mums are an all female Manchester based DJ collective of seasoned clubbers (now proud parents) who, courtesy of babysitters, are still out. Having taken over the decks at clubs around Manchester they spin a collective set of sly gems, treasured classics, bombs from the disco, soul, funk and house. They’ve danced to them like their lives depended on it and- using their extensive knowledge of what works and what doesn’t- they’re now playing them. And on real plastic too. Disco Mums are the uniquely beautiful Jane Slack, Jane Kettleton. Emma Joyce, Géraldine Garrabet, and Julie Wills (babysitter).