The Festival

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When Nick's (Joe Thomas) girlfriend dumps him at graduation, he has a colossal meltdown in front of the entire university. He's convinced his life is over, but his best mate Shane (Hammed Animashaun) has the perfect solution: three days at an epic music festival. With the help of "festival aficionado" and certified oddball Amy (Emmy Award? nominee Claudia O'Doherty), Shane tries to get Nick to embrace the music, the mayhem and the mud.


  • Joe Thomas
  • Hannah Tointon
  • Hammed Animashaun
  • Hugh Coles
  • Lizzy Connolly
  • Theo Barklem-Biggs
  • Jemaine Clement
  • Stirling Gallacher
  • Leigh Williams
  • Tom Knight

Did You Know?


  • Parts of the film were filmed at Leeds Festival 2017 with actual festival goers being used as extras in the large crowd scenes.
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  • In Nick's bedroom just before he and Shane leave for the festival, there is a box visible on a shelf with the words 'Global Puzzle.' A few seconds later this has been replaced by a different, shallower box with the title 'Impossipuzzle'.


    • Brother David: Are you insane?
    • Amy: Glass houses, mate. You fucked a goat!
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Aug 23, 2018

Unashamedly formulaic and relentlessly puerile, The Festival is no better than it needs to be, which may be as much commercial calculation as artistic limitation.

Metacritic review by Stephen Dalton
Stephen Dalton
The Hollywood Reporter
Aug 20, 2018

It delivers its “lessons” with a light touch, allowing Nick a couple of moments of genuine, relatable pathos... but encouraging the audience to take his self-loathing with a pinch of salt.

Simran Hans
The Observer (UK)
Aug 20, 2018

There are highs and lows here, with a fair amount of shoe leather required before you get to the good stuff. Pretty much like a real festival, appropriately enough.

Metacritic review by Andrew Lowry
Andrew Lowry