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Aerial Festival Reveals Plans For Online Edition
Christian Eede , September 2nd, 2020 16:58

With the Lake District festival's inaugural edition having been planned for this year, organises are taking the event online with the help of Wild Beasts' Hayden Thorpe and more

The Lake District's Aerial festival has revealed plans for an online event later this month.

In what was due to be the festival's debut year, with live performances planned within the villages around the Lake District, a free online event will take its place. It will take in new works and commissions from over 40 artists as well as an EP, titled Aerial Songs, from Wild Beasts frontman Hayden Thorpe, who is Aerial's 'artist in residence' for 2020.

Natalie Sharp, AKA Lone Taxidermist, will offer up a mini-series that is billed as "part-biography, part-travelogue," and will explore her personal history set against Cumbria's west coast.

Elsewhere within Aerial's online plans is Prelude 2020, a series of commissions asking artists to respond to the tumultuous events of 2020, inspired in part by Wordsworth's epic poem The Prelude and the Wordsworth 250 celebrations. Aerial has partnered with tQ for this particular part of the programme to offer five commissions to artists working in sound. Tom Fox and Nick Murray, Rob Walker, Viridian Ensemble, Alice Jones, and Hawthonn are the artists involved.

Chris Watson will present Lake District recordings from his archives as part of Caught By The River's curated programme, and Corbel Stone Press will celebrate its 10th anniversary with contributions of music and films from Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson.

This extensive archive will be available for free from September 26, 2020. You can find more information on the event here.