What happened at Getahead Festival?

What happened at Getahead Festival?

On June 13th, the inaugural Getahead Festival took place at Omeara in London. This was the world’s first 24-hour festival of the head.

So… what is Getahead?

As modern life brings us more choice, more tech, more opportunities etc, mental health issues are rising too. The notion behind Getahead is to acknowledge these issues and talk about them openly and, hopefully, find solutions by getting together and being open and honest.

You can read about it in this blog post.

The day consisted of a variety of talks, workshops, fitness classes, live music, stand-up comedy, and even meditation and massage sessions.

It all started bright and early on Wednesday 13th June at 6 a.m.

There were fitness classes for the early risers. Yoga & dance classes to really kick-start your day.


Dan Kirby gave an official welcome to everybody prior to the keynote talk about ‘Chimps at Work’

The ‘Chimp at Work’ session was moderated by James Routledge from Sanctus with Dr Anna Waters from Chimp Management  giving a fascinating insight into how you emotions make your decisions for you – and how to combat it.

Following that, we heard from Dominic McGregor from Social Chain; Michelle Morgan from Pjoys; and Joe Pack and Sam Applebee from Pilotfish – all talking about their own personal stories of burnout and their recovery.

The session culminated in a group discussion panel about “understanding your chimp”.


After lunch, there was more fitness from Soul Sister Fitness.


Later, Dan Kirby was in conversation with Michael Acton Smith, the CEO behind the ‘Calm’ app.


Meanwhile, out on the Mezzanine Bar, Joseph Pack and Sam Applebee talked about breaking free from the glass box.

In the evening, Shoreditch’s very own bad-ass MC Danimal (AKA “The Beyoncé of Tech”) brought The Tech Off to Omeara – a tech event unlike any other. You can read all about the shenanigans here.

After the barminess of The Tech Off, it was time for the official launch of the Mindstate Album – a stunning Drum & Bass mix of 18 tracks featuring the likes of The Prodigy, Sub Focus, Spor, Chase & Status, plus more! All in aid of the charity Music Minds Matter.

Buy a copy here!

This was just the first Getahead Festival, but we hope to repeat the success next year – and we hope you’ll come along!

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