Idler Festival 2019

The Idler Festival 2019 was a roaring success. Over 500 idle folk descended on Fenton House, Hampstead for a weekend of talks, music and merriment from the likes of Louis Theroux, John Cooper Clarke and Sally Phillips amongst many more.

Here are some images from the weekend, all taken by our brilliant photographer Monika S. Jakubowska.

Gelong Thubten ascends to a higher plane in the Dining Room

Jamie Doe of The Magic Lantern lights up the Lawn Stage

Chris Difford sings about how life’s many disappointments led him to headline the Idler Festival

Daisy Waugh tries to convince you that the Death card can be good news in the Rockingham Room

Stephanie Theobald heats things up in the Dining Room

Ed Hopwood and his Ragtime Band give us blues and bowlers

Louis Theroux brings Saturday Night Fever to the Lawn Stage

John Cooper Clarke is ready come rain or shine in Hampstead

Rowan Pelling flies in the face of antique furniture preservation in the Bedroom

If you were with us for the festival do email us at with pictures of your favourite moments or tag us on social media. We look forward to hosting the Idler Festival again next summer. Early Bird tickets will be on sale soon. Keep an eye on our website and if you haven’t, join our newsletter here for regular updates.

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