Faith and the future

Symon Hill offers a personal response to Greenbelt 2017

A view of Greenbelt Festival. | Photo: Copyright Andrew R Mackley (

Singing hymns in a beer tent is not the most obvious choice of activity for a tone-deaf teetotaller. But ‘Beer & Hymns’ is one of my favourite events at Greenbelt. I am able to belt out praise to God, my glass of Diet Pepsi held aloft, with no concern about whether I am singing ‘properly’. ‘Beer & Hymns’ is ‘very Greenbelt. It involves a mixture of tradition and innovation that is typical of a Christian festival that continues to attract controversy.

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