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Solstice On The Mount 2024

Taking place on the same day everywhere on the planet, the Solstice connects everyone in a truly global moment.

At Wasing we see things differently. That we are inherently part of nature and that what harms the planet ultimately harms us; everything is connected. And it is from this alternative narrative in an ever-changing world that the iconic Mount was born as a fresh and pioneering space for people and planet to connect, unplugged from everyday reality.

We invite you to join us for Solstice On The Mount for an incredibly special, alcohol-free evening where we will celebrate world music and culture in a unique, natural setting; connected, present and in the moment. 

View our highlights video from Solstice On The Mount 2023 below

 

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SOLSTICE ON THE MOUNT 2024 SCHEDULE

Find out more about this year's line-up & timings

ARRIVALS | 20 June 2024

3pm Campsite opens (Option 2 Ticketholders only)

5pm Woodland Trail opens (Option 1 & 2 Ticketholders)

SOLSTICE CONCERT | 20 June 2024 5-11pm

(Option 1 & 2 Ticketholders)

7-11pm Concert featuring Nick Mulvey | Rodrigo y Gabriela | The Yawanawa

THE FIRESIDE SESSIONS Presented by Medicine Festival | 20 June 2024

(Option 2 Ticketholders only)

11pm Awarë | Ajeet - Fireside performances in the Sacred Glade

SUNRISE CELEBRATIONS | 21 June 2024 (Option 2 Ticketholders only)

At Sunrise - Wider Horizons Singing Circle | The Sunrise Ceremony

CLOSING 

20 June 2024 11pm Solstice concert ends & Carriages for Option 1 Ticketholders

21 June 2024 12 noon Campsite closes (Option 2 Ticketholders only)

 

ARTISTS

Joining us for Solstice On The Mount 2024 will be the exceptionally talented Nick Mulvey, Rodrigo Y Gabriela and The Yawanawa. We are very excited to welcome Awarë & Ajeet to perform a magical set at The Fireside Sessions

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NICK MULVEY

Previously a member of the critically acclaimed group Portico Quartet, Nick Mulvey frames themes of nature, spirituality and personal growth as a focal point embellished with his distinct blend of folk, pop and intricate guitar work alongside poetic and introspective lyrics. 2024 sees the 10th anniversary of his Mercury Prize nominated debut solo album ‘First Mind’ featuring the hit singles ‘Fever To The Form and ‘Cucurucu’. Nick will be on stage at 9.50pm at the pinnacle moment when the Solstice takes place; connecting concertgoers in time & with his music and the natural world around us.

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA

Rodrigo y Gabriela are long-established masters of their instruments whether it is Rodrigo’s shimmering, hummingbird flourishes or Gabriela’s extraordinary engine-room rhythm. Dancing between world and rock and teaming with Hispanic passion, the fire in Rodrigo y Gabriela’s music stems from the duo’s life-long passion for jazz, flamenco and Latin creating unique and truly explosive performances on just two acoustic guitars.

 

THE YAWANAWA

The Yawanawa, the indigenous Amazonian tribe of Acre Brazil & dear friends of Wasing, with their close affinity to its land, will bring the sharing of ancestral wisdom, song, prayer and a deep connection to nature. 

 

AWARË 

Born from the creative synergy of dear friends Bogdan and Matias, AWARË are the musical odyssey that transcends the conventional boundaries of sound. Through silence and stillness, intertwined harmonies and converged instruments, AWARË create a captivating and immersive atmosphere, inviting listeners to embark as co-creators on a soul stirring experience. Vivacious rhythms begin to gradually awaken the senses, energy rises into a cheerful dance, and culminates in a collective celebration of life through the universal language of music. AWARË ́s music serves as a powerful catalyst to step into a realm of oneness, where hearts unite and spirits soar.

 

AJEET

Ajeet is a world music artist weaving inspiration from traditional folk to mystical and meditative soundscapes. Bringing together sounds from around the world to offer a musical experience which transcends boundaries and takes listeners on a journey through melody and sonic texture. Ajeet’s music is healing, rejuvenating and a place of deep connection. For the Fireside Sessions Ajeet will be performing an exquisite stripped back performance with her mesmerising vocals accompanied by delicate guitar.

 

CHRIS FITCHEW

Chris Fitchew is part jester, part comedian, full joy alchemist, and space holder who has travelled the world to hone his crafts. He believes that one of the greatest access points in finding our purpose and self-healing is through laughter, joy, and play; for ourselves, our communities, and uniting the human race. He has enjoyed hosting main stages and concerts around the world including Secret Garden Party Main Stage, many stages at Wilderness and Solstice 2023 at The Mount with Xavier Rudd and the Yawanawa. He is the founder and creative director of Wonderment and Soul Pride, which both host annual Retreat Festivals at Wasing Woods, as well as other events throughout the year in the UK and abroad. His event company Wonderment Events has been responsible for producing a wide range of immersive and exciting events and experiences that are designed to invoke the senses and inspire the soul, merging the world of spirituality and mainstream fun and games whilst inviting consumers to be conscious, whilst maintaining fun and joy.

THE FIRESIDE SESSIONS

The Fireside Sessions spark our Solstice celebration's shift from day into night & offer a magical and powerful experience

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THE FIRESIDE SESSIONS 

We have curated the most beautiful space for The Fireside Sessions in Wasing's Sacred Glade and are truly honoured that Awarë & Ajeet will play a magical set around the fire in 2024

2023 Highlights

 

SUNRISE CEREMONY

We will greet the rising sun on the morning of 21st June. Amidst birdsong, we will be guided by Chris Park, initiate of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, through our Sunrise ceremony, connecting deeply to the flora, fauna & natural world around us

 

TICKET OPTIONS

We have two ticket options available for Solstice On The Mount. Find out more here

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For both ticket options (Option 1 & 2), we have the following ticket types:-

Adult, Child & Accessible 

TICKET OPTION 1: SOLSTICE ON THE MOUNT CONCERT

20 June 2024

5-11pm Nick Mulvey | Rodrigo y Gabriela | The Yawanawa

or

TICKET OPTION 2: SOLSTICE ON THE MOUNT CONCERT + THE FIRESIDE SESSIONS

20 June 2024

5-11pm Nick Mulvey | Rodrigo y Gabriela | The Yawanawa

11pm The Fireside Sessions presented by Medicine Festival: Awarë | Ajeet

21 June 2024

Wider Horizons Singing Circle | The Sunrise Ceremony

Option 2 includes access to Wasing’s Campsite overnight on 20th June. Bring your own tent or campervan. The campsite includes drinking water and toilets. The campsite opens at 3pm on 20th June & closes at 12 noon on 21st June 2024.

VEHICLE PASSES

If you are bringing a vehicle, please purchase a vehicle pass in advance; Main Car Park Pass for Option 1 tickets, Campsite Pass for Option 2 & Accessible Car Park Pass for Blue Badge holders.

For enquiries, please contact events@wasing.co.uk

 

MÉDICINS SANS FRONTIÈRES

We are proudly supporting Médicins Sans Frontières, an international humanitarian organisation providing medical care in more than 70 countries , who treat patients on medical needs alone & provide life-saving care in crisis zones. For each Solstice ticket sold, £2 will be paid to MÉDICINS SANS FRONTIÈRES|DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS (UK) (Charity Number: 1026588)

To find out more about the MSF team & the incredible work they do, visit msf.org.uk

THE VENUE

Explore The Mount & its facilities

 

Facilities include:-

* Woodland Trail - A beautiful 10 minute amble through Wasing's woodlands to The Mount

* Food Glade - Ignite your senses with a delicious feast 

* Campsite (for Solstice At The Mount Option 2 Ticketholders)

* Accessible Viewing Area

* Vehicle Parking

* Pick Up & Drop Off Points

 

WOODLAND TRAIL

The woodland trail is an opportunity to leave everyday reality at the entrance and an unique arrival into a mindful space; present & in the moment for a powerful connection with music, people & planet

Follow the winding paths, that take approximately 10 minutes to amble along, through Wasing's beautiful woodland to The Mount. You may encounter upon smudging along the trail; an ancient practise of burning sage to heal the mind, heart and body and you'll have the opportunity to contemplate at one of our sacred spaces, lovingly decorated with restorative sculptures set within the heart of nature

FOOD GLADE & BARS

In our beautiful woodland Food Glade, ignite your taste buds with a tantalizing selection of world cuisines including tasty seasonal dishes, vegetarian, vegan & gluten-free options and sweet treats. We also have a choice of bars within the amphitheatre serving a lip-smackingly good array of non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy in beautiful surroundings

CAMPING & BELL TENTS

Explore our camping & bell tent options for Solstice On The Mount

Bell Tents

If you'd like to stay at Wasing, you can book a bell tent by clicking here

Bell tents are for 2 person occupancy & are £195 + booking fee.

In the event that bell tents sell out, please email events@wasing.co.uk and request to be added to our bell tent waiting list

Camping

We offer a camping option for all Solstice On The Mount Option 2 Ticketholders. Please note that camping is not available for Option 1 ticketholders so please be sure to purchase the correct ticket should you wish to camp.

Please bring your own tent or live-in vehicle. Please note that caravans and other large vehicles are not permitted. If you are bringing a vehicle, you must purchase a campsite vehicle pass.

The campsite will open at 3pm on 20th June 2024 & close at 12 noon on 21st June 2024.

The campsite facilities include toilets & access to drinking water.

Animals, fires & BBQs are not permitted at the campsite.

For any queries, please email events@wasing.co.uk

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

We don't offer hotel rooms for concert evenings at Wasing but there are many hotel accommodation options in neighbouring towns to Wasing to choose from. Please find below a local selection

Malmaison, Reading https://www.malmaison.com/reading

Holiday Inn, Reading https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/gb/en/reading/reaws/hoteldetail

Pentahotel, Reading https://www.pentahotels.com/hotels/united-kingdom/reading

Hotel Novotel, Reading https://all.accor.com/hotel/5432/index.en.shtml

Travelodge, Central Reading https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/64/Reading-Central-hotel

Travelodge, M4 Services Eastbound, Reading https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/238/Reading-M4-Eastbound-hotel

Travelodge, M4 Services Westbound, Reading https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/65/Reading-M4-Westbound-hotel

Hilton, Reading https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/lhrhrhi-hilton-reading/

Crowne Plaza, Reading https://www.cp-reading.co.uk/

Hotel Ibis, Reading https://all.accor.com/hotel/5431/index.en.shtml

Parkside International Hotel, Reading http://parksideinternationalhotel.com/

Best Western, Reading Calcot https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotels-in-reading/best-western-reading-calcot-hotel/propertyCode.83831.html

The Cedars Hotel, Reading https://www.hospitalityuor.co.uk/accommodation/cedars-hotel/

The Vineyard, Newbury www.the-vineyard.co.uk

The Hare & Hounds, Newbury https://www.hareandhoundsnewbury.co.uk/

The Chequers Hotel, Newbury https://chequershotelnewbury.co.uk/ 

Travelodge, Newbury https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/508/London-Newbury-Road-hotel

Berkshire Arms Hotel, Midgham https://www.chefandbrewer.com/pubs/berkshire/berkshire-arms/hotel/

Mercure Newbury West Grange Hotel, Newbury https://www.westgrangehotel.com/

Premier Inn, Grazeley Green www.premierinn.com

Premier Inn, Newbury www.premierinn.com

The Lodge, Newbury Racecourse https://www.thelodgenewbury.co.uk/

The Elephant At The Market, Newbury https://theelephantatthemarket.com/

Hilton Double Tree, Newbury https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/nbynbdi-doubletree-newbury-north/

Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa, Newbury https://www.donningtonvalley.co.uk/

Donnington Grove Hotel, Newbury https://www.donnington-grove.com/

Travelodge, Chieveley https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/56/Newbury-Chieveley-M4-hotel

Bunk Inn, Curridge https://www.thebunkinn.co.uk/

De Vere Wokefield Estate, Reading https://www.devere.co.uk/wokefield-estate/

Sandford Springs Hotel & Golf Club, Kingsclere https://www.sandfordsprings.co.uk/

The Hind’s Head, Aldermaston https://www.hindsheadaldermaston.co.uk/

The George & Dragon Hotel, Tadley https://georgedragonhotel.com/

Bel & The Dragon, Kingsclere https://www.belandthedragon-kingsclere.co.uk/

The Wellington Arms, Stratfield Turgis https://www.wellingtonarmshampshire.co.uk/

Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke https://www.thehampshirecourthotel.co.uk/

We don't partner with any other venues offering accommodation, nor make recommendations on where to stay. Travel to Wasing from other accommodation venues & return journeys should be organised in advance by the ticketholders. Please visit the "Getting Here" section for details of local taxi companies.

GETTING HERE

The Mount is located at Wasing Estate, Wasing Lane, Aldermaston, RG7 4LY which is near Reading in Berkshire.

Here's our guide to travelling to & from the venue

Getting to the concert:

By Road

The Mount is located at Wasing Estate, Wasing Lane, Aldermaston, RG7 4LY which is near Reading in Berkshire.

When approaching the venue, please follow event signage for Wasing Concerts. The entrance is approximately ½ a mile from Aldermaston village. The exact location can be viewed at the What3Words location here

If coming from the M4, whether coming from the East or the West, please leave the M4 at Junction 12.

If coming from the North, leave the A34 at the M4 J13 Chieveley junction and take the M4 East. Leave the M4 at Junction 12.

If coming from the South, leave the M3 at Junction 6 (Basingstoke) and take the A339 North then the A340 through Tadley.

Please expect to experience a higher volume of traffic than normal.

Pick up & Drop off

If you are being dropped off or picked up by friends, family or a taxi, please follow the signage to the dedicated pick up and drop off point. Please do not get picked up or dropped off in other locations as a traffic management system will be in place and routes may be blocked.

 By Taxi

Here's a list of local taxi companies. Due to high demand, please ensure that all taxi journeys are booked in advance. Please note that it is a 10-15 minute walk from the taxi drop off point to the amphitheatre and vice versa. 

AAA Cars, Reading http://www.taaaxi.com/ Tel 0118 950 4030

Atlantic Cars, Reading https://www.atlanticcars.co.uk/ Tel 0118 910 1010

Bliss Cars, Reading https://www.blisscars247.com/ Tel 0118 986 0001

Kennet Cars, Reading https://kennetcars.com/ Tel 01189 86 66 66

Ace Cars, Reading https://acecarsreading.co.uk/ Tel 01189 67 67 67

Eco Cars, Reading http://www.taxiinreading.co.uk/ Tel 01189 660 331

Yellow Cars, Reading https://yellcars.com/  Tel 0118 9666 555

Cabco, Newbury https://cabco33333.com/ Tel 01635 33333

Go Green Taxis, Newbury https://www.gogreentaxisltd.co.uk Tel 01635 800 990

Broadway Cars, Newbury  http://www.broadway-cars.com/ Tel 01635 847784

Ave Cabs, Newbury https://www.ave-cabs.com/ Tel 01635 31212

Jars Cars, Basingstoke  https://jarscars.co.uk/ Tel 01256 819844

A& Cars, Basingstoke https://www.aandachauffeurcars.com/ Tel 01256 976888

Delta Cars, Basingstoke http://www.deltacarsbasingstoke.com/ Tel 01256 242428

Compass Executive Cars, Fleet https://www.compassexecutivecars.co.uk/ Tel 0118 970 2233

Tadley Cars, Tadley https://www.tadleycarsprivatehire.co.uk/ Tel 0118 327 4260

By Rail

The nearest train stations are:-

Midgham is 2 miles (5 minutes) - N.B. This station doesn’t have a taxi rank

Aldermaston is 2.5 miles (6 minutes)

Thatcham is 5 miles (11 minutes) 

Theale is 7½ miles (15 minutes) 

Newbury is 9½ miles (25 minutes) 

Reading is 11½ miles (25 minutes) 

Basingstoke is 11 miles (25 minutes)

Please ensure that you book a taxi from the train station to The Mount and all return journeys in advance due to high demand. 

By Air

The nearest airports are:- 

London Heathrow (38 miles)

Southampton (44 miles)

London Gatwick (72 miles)

ACCESSIBILITY

Click here to view our Accessibility Guide to The Mount

FAQs

View our Frequently Asked Questions below for all the latest information

Pick up and Drop off:

If you are being dropped off or picked up by friends, family or a taxi, please follow the signage to the dedicated pick up and drop off point. Please do not get picked up or dropped off in other locations as a traffic management system will be in place and routes may be blocked. The pick up and drop off point is a 10-15 minute walk from the amphitheatre so be sure to bear this in mind when arranging lifts and booking taxis. 

Taxis:

Please visit the "Getting Here" guide for contact details of local taxi companies. We recommend booking all taxi journeys in advance due to high demand on concert evenings.

Trains:

Please visit the "Getting Here" guide for a list of all local train stations. If you are planning to travel to The Mount from the station and vice versa by taxi, we recommend booking all taxi journeys in advance due to high demand on concert evenings.

Accommodation:

Please visit the "Accommodation" guide of this page for details of local accommodation offerings. We do not offer accommodation options at Wasing Estate for concerts apart from the Solstice At The Mount event for which limited camping  is available. To access the Solstice At The Mount campsite, you'll need to purchase Option 2 tickets.

Entry Information:

The amphitheatre is accessed via a beautiful woodland trail which is a 5-10 minute walk from the car park.

Please ensure you are wearing suitable footwear for undulating woodland. This is a rural site so it's best to leave your stilettos at home! Please ensure you leave enough time to access the amphitheatre and to undergo security checks.

General Admission Entry Gate:

There is one public entrance which audiences will be directed to by stewards from the car parks.

Accessible Entry Gate:

Please follow the same entrance instructions as provided in the "Getting Here" Guide. Upon entry, further instructions will be provided by stewards.

Car Parks:

Please follow event signage on approach to the venue and once through the gate, please follow instructions from the car parking stewards.

Car parking is in a grass field.

The car park will be open from 4.30pm.

If you have purchased Solstice At The Mount tickets, you can purchase a Vehicle pass by clicking here

If you are attending other concerts, to save time please book your parking ticketing prior to your arrival, this can be done by clicking here Tickets will be available online up to 24 hours before the event. Tickets will be available to buy on arrival to the car park at increased cost – £15 card only.

Concert Timings:

Timings vary concert by concert. Please visit the Solstice page to view show start & end times, artist set timings and car park opening hours for each concert. 

Our bars and food outlets will remain open after the show for you to enjoy a final refreshment before heading home.

There is no readmission after entry.

Please make sure you have your tickets saved to your iPhone or Android wallet as reception in the area may be intermittent. This will save time when entering the amphitheatre and avoid any queues at the box office.

Children

We advise that the event may not be suitable for young children, especially those under 2yrs of age. Buggies and necessary care bags will be permitted, but please be advised that additional security checks may take place. We recommend that all children should wear ear defenders when attending concerts. All children require a ticket to enter. Under 12s are free of charge but still require a ticket to enter. 

Animals

Animals, with the exception of registered assistance dogs, are not permitted. If you are bringing a registered assistance dog, please bring proof of registration to the Box Office.

Alcohol

Solstice At The Mount will be alcohol free so please note that no alcohol will be served at the bars at this event. 

Prohibited items:

You are not allowed to bring umbrellas to Wasing concerts. As we cannot always rely on British weather, please make sure you have appropriate clothing fit for rain or shine.

The amphitheatre is set within a natural environment with grass underfoot so please ensure appropriate footwear is worn – leave your high heels at home!

Seats and chairs of any kind are not permitted into the events. This includes seat sticks and inflatable seats. You are permitted to bring a blanket to sit on, although you may be asked to pack this up when the show starts.

Food and drink bought from outside of the amphitheatre is not permitted however there will be a range of delicious food and drink traders inside the amphitheatre. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. Free drinking water is available so please do bring an empty reusable bottle or 1x sealed 500ml plastic water bottles.

Glass is not allowed into the amphitheatre.

Please note that smoking is not permitted anywhere on site, unless in a dedicated, signposted smoking area.

It is strictly prohibited to bring into the venue any weapons, knives, guns, sharp objects, alcohol, illegal substances, legal highs, fireworks, pyrotechnics, sparklers, fires, BBQs, smoke bombs, confetti canons, air horns, lasers or flares.

Bags larger than A3 will not be permitted. All bags will be searched at dedicated security points. Personal searches may also be conducted at this point.

Animals, with the exception of registered assistance dogs, are not permitted. If you are bringing a registered assistance dog, please bring proof of registration to the Box Office.

Drones are strictly prohibited. 

Commercial or professional photography, videography or dronography is not permitted.

Tickets provide access to the event listed on your ticket only. Access to any other area of the Wasing Estate or any other event taking place on site is not permitted.

Please place any rubbish in the bins provided or take it away with you.

Covid-19:

Customers are asked not to attend if they are feeling unwell, have tested positive for COVID-19 and to take extra precautions if they live with someone who is symptomatic or has tested positive for COVID-19.

 Contact Us

* For ticketing enquiries if you purchased your tickets from DigiTickets, please email events@wasing.co.uk

* For general (non-ticket) enquiries related to the Solstice At The Mount, please email events@wasing.co.uk

* For general (non-ticket) enquiries related to other concerts, please email wasing@senbla.com 

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