A curious mix of talent in the forest

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The Curious Arts Festival looks set to live up to its name with its mix of music, literature, film and the visual arts.

And with a musical bill curated by Maz Tappuni at Communion Music, the label founded by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, Kevin Jones of Bear’s Den and acclaimed producer Ian Grimble, visitors can expect plenty of treats from new and established acts at this New Forest-based festival.

Kicking off proceedings on Friday, July 18, Eaves and Bear’s Den, followed by headline act Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit.

Saturday starts with sets by Luke Sital-Singh and Mercury nominee Ed Harcourt, while talented multi-instrumentalist Joan Wasser, who is better known as Joan As Police Woman will bring the evening to a close with her heady melting pot of musical styles.

And the final night of the festival comes with performances by the gifted Rae Morris, who takes the stage ahead of final headlining act, Nick Mulvey. Originally a founder member of the Mercury Prize nominated Portico Quartet, Mulvey left them in 2011 to carve himself a career as a singer/songwriter.

The event, which takes place in the grounds of Pylewell Park in Lymington, bills itself as ‘a uniquely immersive international festival on a local scale, where visitors will be amused, intrigued, entertained and enlightened by a glittering array of writers, artists and musicians.’

Curious Arts Festival co-curator Patrick Keogh says: ‘All of the acts appearing on the bill for this year’s Curious Arts Festival are sensationally gifted and we are extremely proud to be a festival championing both new and established artists.

‘The team at Communion have done a great job in curating a musical line-up which sits beautifully alongside our literary programme and celebrates artists in the true sense of the word.’

Weekend tickets with camping cost £100, but evening-only tickets for the music, which runs nightly from 7pm to 10.45pm are £20. Go to curiousartsfestival.com