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Location: Laughton, Near Lewes, East Sussex
Tribal Earth is a festival that takes place near Lewes, overlooking the stunning South Downs. This 4-day family friendly camping festival is packed with all the things you would find at bigger events but for just 5-600 people.
Whether you are looking for great live music from around the world, relaxation, fun, inspirational workshops, singing, dance, a sauna, therapy, massage, meditation, to meet new friends or hang out with old ones, Tribal Earth is the place to be.
This year sees an eclectic line-up of bands and artists, and with over 30 acts playing on two stages there is something for everyone. Playing on the Feel-Good Music stage are Solana, who sum up the ethos of Tribal Earth’s musical tradition. Songlines described their music as “ranging from klezmer melodies, tingling tango, exuberant Irish folk and swinging jazz to pumping reggae and lilting Latin. “ Solana will be joined by some amazing bands – Regime, The Peoples String Foundation, Funke and the Two Tone Baby, Dende, Karyo, The Devine Family and many, many more.
From Eastern European folk to global fusion, a cappella to calypso, bluegrass to urban gypsy and hip hop to Irish Folk, Tribal Earth’s music is real global mix. Many Tribal Earth folk love the festival for its workshops and they run all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can start the morning with yoga, qi gong pranayama, kirtan, or laughter yoga. You can learn to play the kora (African harp) bodrhan (Irish drum) the penny whistle or learn Irish Singing. If you want to get your body moving there are plenty of dance sessions too, Indian, African and Belly Dance. Or you join the incredible 5 Rhythms workshop where you will be guided through patterns, waves and rhythms of movement to still the mind and energise the body – backed by live music from aLive.
Drum circles have always been an exciting part of Tribal Earth. It’s a great way to connect to community through hypnotic and energetic rhythm and there are groups for beginners and seasoned djembe players alike. The wellbeing area offers a host of therapies from Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Acupuncture and Aromatherapy to Art Therapy. You can relax in the sound garden, chat or listen to musicians around the fire, do a bit of shopping at the many stalls, have a sauna or hot shower, eat sumptuous vegetarian food in the cafes, or immerse yourself in the Tribal Earth sound bath and let the vibrations of gongs, didgeridoo, Tibetan singing bowls and Tanpura wash over you.
Tribal Earth is the perfect festival to bring the kids as well with a professional run Kid’s Area that hosts fun games and activities that will keep them happy all day.
Tribal Earth is organised and run by a group of volunteers with all profits donated to The Clock Tower Sanctuary (Charity No 114677) supporting homeless young people in Brighton and Hove. Their mission is to prevent young people from becoming part of the long-term homeless in this area and reduce this sad and ever increasing situation. Their vision is that all homeless young people are encouraged, supported, challenged and inspired to develop their full potential and transform their lives.