Out of the Ordinary Festival

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Out of the Ordinary Festival
Genre Folk music, electronic music, ambient music, techno, house, pop music, dubstep, world music.
Location(s) Knockhatch Park, Hailsham, Sussex, England
Years active 2007 - 2013[1]

Out of the Ordinary Festival was an annual family- and eco-friendly festival near Hailsham (grid reference TQ 569 088)[2] in the Sussex countryside. It celebrated the autumn equinox in England with a variety of live music,[3] talks and workshops, performances, activities for children with green and ethical businesses, many powered by solar panels and wind generators.[4] It started as a development of The Antiquarian Society in Brighton. The festival took place for three days in the autumn and had a capacity of 5,000 people. The festival was held at Knockhatch Park, a setting which comprises an ex-landfill site (Arlington Landfill Site, near Hailsham - grid reference TQ 569 088).[5] The festival was renamed Over the Moon in 2012[6] and ran until 2013.[1]

Festival details[edit]

The Out of the Ordinary business was started by Stuart Mason and his partner Emily in 2007 on the Sussex Downs near the vale of the Long Man of Wilmington.[7]

Workshops and talks included such topics as prehistoric culture, ancient knowledge and earth mysteries. This included yoga, meditation, alternative healing and the chance to use a variety of telescopes, a planetarium and laser guided tours of the constellations. Notable speakers include Professor Gordon Hillman, Jonathan Cainer, Andy Thomas, Edmund Marriage, Leo Rutherford and Robert Bauval.[8]

The festival was divided into seven areas named after each of the seven chakras. The music area was appropriately named the throat chakra with two stages, the Ootopia and Peace Stage, as well as an indoor bar and the Conscious Cabaret. In 2011, the site had a new, simplified layout comprising the four elements, though still paying tribute to the seven chakras that defined its inner workings. The festival has an eclectic mix of music ranging from folk to reggae and electronic and DJs. Sussex Downs College co-sponsored a solar-powered music stage at the festival in 2010.[8]


Out of the Ordinary Festival has featured many acts that are well known in the alternative scene. Notable performers include:

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  1. ^ a b Over the Moon Festival, www.efestivals.co.uk, 16 October 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2015
  2. ^ http://streetmap.co.uk/idgc.srf?x=556900&y=108800
  3. ^ Cobley, Mike (15 September 2009). "Out Of The Ordinary: Autumn Equinox Festival Announce Music Line-Up". brighton.co.uk. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Out of the Ordinary Festival". Brighton & Hove Council. 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/nr/rdonlyres/53d65748-d86e-40a6-aa54-00e32d6f3ebb/0/arlington.pdf
  6. ^ Over the Moon Festival 2012, www.efestivals.co.uk, 23 August 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2015
  7. ^ "Out of the Ordinary Festival". efestivals.co.uk. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Sussex Downs College co-sponsors music stage at the OOTO festival". Well Being. 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Out of the Ordinary Festival '07". efestivals.co.uk. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Out of the Ordinary Festival '08". efestivals.co.uk. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Out of the Ordinary Festival '09". efestivals.co.uk. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  12. ^ Michaels, Sean (19 August 2010). "New Orb album to feature Pink Floyd's David Gilmour". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "Out of the Ordinary Festival '10". efestivals.co.uk. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  14. ^ "Out of the Ordinary Festival '11". efestivals.co.uk. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 

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