The Festival Sessions in Hayfield has commissioned a new piece of immersive art as the grand finale of the festival on 4th September. 

‘As Below So Above’ – an abstract, experimental journey through growth, decay, the interconnections of the underworld and life on earth above it – has been curated by Glossop musician and artist Richard Knox. 

As Below So Above is an audio and visual installation that explores the connections between the complex and fascinating networks that control the underground and the similarities and consequences of human behaviour living above it.   The immersive piece will feature a constantly evolving live soundtrack performed by Richard Knox, Claire Knox and Luke Bhatia alongside an experimental film by Owain Paciuszko. The tent will be transformed into a cocoon of light and sound and will also feature specially created fabric hangings by Glossop designer and printmaker, Lauren Riley.

Richard Knox

Richard says: “I’m delighted to have been asked to curate the last night of this wonderful festival.   The challenge of developing a three-hour live installation for the festival has been very rewarding and the people I’ve chosen to work with me have really come up with the goods. We’re all really excited to perform and debut this piece of art we’ve put together especially for the festival.”

The Festival Sessions runs from 2nd – 4th September and brings together a varied programme including drag and vogue, DJs, live music, storytelling and community art installations. 

You can find out more info on Richard and his work at