25 September 2021 / Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, Northampton
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The happiest place in the universe
In May 2021, slowthai announced a new one-day festival in his hometown of Northampton. Held at the Northamptonshire Cricket Club – which is located just up the road from his mum’s house – the live music event billed as Happyland is set for Saturday 25 September 2021 and has a simple policy: No smile, no entry.
With live events on hold for much of 2020 and early 2021, the revered rapper wanted to throw a party where family and friends could gather for some fun and overdue partying – so he curated a line-up with a trailblazing group of artists representing different facets of the UK music scene.
Taking on headliner duties is slowthai himself in a belated celebration of his No.1-charting album TYRON, and he’ll be joined by the likes of Bristol punks IDLES, Leicester five-piece indie-poppers easy life, rising indie star beabadoobee, South London-based rapper and provocateur Shygirl, BBC Sound Poll winner Pa Salieu, psychedelic R&B singer-songwriter Greentea Peng, Northampton rapper Izzie Gibbs and newbie beatmaker Ethan P Flynn.
About having conceived the event, slowthai wrote: “Happyland with happy folk. The place where we can laugh and joke. The place you can be yourself without judgment, expectations and impressions of someone else. The space from the shackles of the everyday. The mountain where we climb to run away. Imagine what you’ve never had when you come to Happyland – you will never be sad.”
Catch bus line 1 or 16 heaing towards Weston Favell. The closest bus stop to the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club is located by the Abington Public House, 30 seconds from the Wantage Road gates.
Northampton Train Station is well served, sitting at the halfway point of the London to Birmingham line. The Northamptonshire County Cricket Club is approximately a 30- to 40-minute walk from the station or a five-minute taxi ride.
Use NN1 4PR for satellite navigation. If heading to Northampton from the M1, take Junction 15 onto the A508 (A45) and follow the dual carriageway for approximately three miles. Get off the exit marked A428 Bedford and Town Centre and move into the middle lane when approaching the roundabout. Take the second exit and follow signs for Abington / Kingsthorpe onto the Rushmere Road, following it across the junction with Billing Road. Continue straight on through Abington Park to the traffic lights with the Wellingborough Road. Turn left into Abington Avenue and the entrance will be on the left-hand side.
New one-day festival announced by slowthai
The rapper is presenting Happyland in Northampton on 25 September 2021. In addition to performing himself, the line-up includes IDLES, Easy Life, beabadoobee and many more.
Happyland is a one-day music festival created and curated by the rapper slowthai in his hometown of Northampton.
Happyland will take place on Saturday 25 September 2021.
Happyland is being held at the Northamptonshire County Cricket Ground in Northampton. Find more information about the location here.
The Happyland line-up includes a performance from slowthai along with appearances by IDLES, Easy Life, beabadoobee, Pa Salieu, Shygirl, Greentea Peng, Izzie Gibbs and Ethan P Flynn.
Tickets for the Happyland festival are on sale now.