PORT ELIOT Festival is back after its year off. And as spring begins to appear and Cornwall slowly emerges from its sodden winter battering, the festival is pleased beyond measure to unveil more of the artists, performers, writers and thinkers confirmed to appear at an event which “runs the gamut from endearingly pseudish to singularly brilliant”.
The festival is very excited to announce Public Service Broadcasting as headliners of the Park Stage on Friday night, bringing their spellbinding combination of the future and the past to Port Eliot.
Music/comedy/words - Public Service Broadcasting, Count Arthur Strong, John Shuttleworth, Sean Hughes, Romesh Ranganathan, Simon Munnery, Son of Dave, The James Hunter Six, Lily & Meg, Black Kat Boppers, Count Drachma, Luke Sital-Singh, JC Death Trap, Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip, Manière des Bohémiens, Martin Parr, Elvis McGonagall, Rimski’s Piano, Pearl TN, Murray Lachlan Young, Alexia Coley, Simon Garfield, Rachel Cooke, Michael Howells, Brian Selznick, Sarah Mower, Jenny Dyson Matthew de Abaitua, Luke Wright, Craig Taylor, Lauren Elkin, Joanna Walsh (Badaude), Kamila Shamsie, James Flint, John Yorke, Christopher Hampton, Shami Chakrabarti Rose George, Alex Bellos, Zita West, Rosie Boycott, Nikita Lalwani, Jay Griffiths, Mick Brown, Viva Hamnell Kipper Williams, Emily Barr, NJ Stevenson, Tim Pilcher, Jon Lee Anderson, Sean Borodale, Canoryon Lowen, The Sun Runners, Java 5, Aileen Wilkie, The Wireless, The Odd Folk.
Caught By The River- Gruff Rhys, Jimi Goodwin (Doves), Andrew Weatherall, Viv Albertine, Ben Watt, Don Letts, Chris Watson, Pete Fowler, Matt Sewell, John Andrews, Will Atkins, Patrick Barkham Richard Benson, Ceri Levy, Kurt Jackson, Matthew & Me, Jeb Loy Nichols, Charles Rangeley-Wilson, Trevor Cox Mathew Clayton, The Rails (Kami Thompson & James Walbourne), Rob St. John, Michael Smith & Andrew Weatherall present Unreal City, Emma Warren, Lux Harmonium, R.G. Morrison, My Old Man, Cheryl Tipp (British Library), Geoff Travis, Tim Dee, Melissa Harrison, Malcolm Anderson, Roy Wilkinson’s Music & Nature Quiz, Love, L.U.V., Neil Sentence, DJ Stephen ‘Spoonful’Parker, Heavenly Jukebox DJs.
Food - Skye Gyngell, Rose Prince, Tom Parker Bowles, The Ethicureans, Sam and Sam Clarke (Moro), Russell Norman & Luke Bishop (Polpo), Nathan Outlaw, Hemsley + Hemsley, Chris Sherville, Mark Diacono Richard Bertinet, Daniel de la Falasie, Benjamin Ranyard, Kay Bolitho, Jonathon Jones, Murphy Williams.
The Idler - Tim Lott, Alan Watts, Clare Pollard, Matthew Green, David Bramwell, Lucy Cooke, Will Hodgkinson, Michael Tyack, Martin Robinson, Andy Wright, Oliver Broadbent, Ben Moor, Mark Vernon, Sandy Burnett Julian Mash, Tom Hodgkinson, Chris Lintott.
Port Eliot’s Walled Garden will become The Wardrobe Department, packed to the corners with designers and stylists, each handpicked by Sarah Mower, the Ambassador for Emerging Talent at the British Fashion Council. Full details to be announced soon.
In an ever-more-populated festival summer, with lookalike events turning up all over the place, Port Eliot remains a rare original. Having long outstripped its literary beginnings, Port Eliot is a self-contained cultural oasis, still able to keep a secret and offer genuine surprises, risks and adventures all day and after dark. Recent years have seen Kate Winslet delivering a multi-voiced children’s story; Martin Scorsese handpicking the film programme; fashion ambassador Sarah Mower throwing a fashion dolls’ tea party; Tracy Chevalier discussing her love of trees; Britain’s finest wildlife sound recordist presenting a ‘nature disco’; and the likes of Suggs, Cate Le Bon, British Sea Power, Palma Violets, Toy, Stornoway, Caitlin Rose and Andrew Weatherall performing on all parts of the site.
Ten years ago, Port Eliot Festival sprang from the remains of the greatly loved (and now scarcely believable) Elephant Fayre, which landed on the estate in 1981. Port Eliot has inherited the spirit of the event, which, while hosting the likes of The Cure, The Fall, Prefab Sprout, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, John Martyn and Siouxsie & the Banshees, was designed to be anything but another rock festival, threw caution and any whiff of Health & Safety to the wind and finally disintegrated amid chaotic scenes and pitched battles in 1986.
Now, Port Eliot Festival comes alive in the summer, inviting people of all generations to enjoy and often take part in mind expanding performances and conversations at Napoleon’s favourite place in England.
Camping at Port Eliot is memorable (in a good way), whether packing your own tent or sliding into a shimmering silver airstream caravan. The parkland takes in rolling pastures, ancient woodland, stunning estuary and river views, shady rhododendron groves, hidden mazes and walled gardens and it’s a treat to camp there for a few days. But for those unsure about a few days under canvas, there are plenty of options, including traditional tipis and yurts for couples, families or groups of friends, luxury yurtels or beautiful gypsy bowtop caravans.
Festival founder Catherine St Germans said “Port Eliot 2014 promises many more surprises as we invite artists to come and do something special. Plenty of the performances will be complete one-offs and, for many, the beauty of the festival will be the chance to experience, at close range, our line-up of authors, bands, chefs, designers and performers. The festival capacity is kept purposely low - 7,000 people at maximum – and while the festival’s themes, stages, tents and installations may grow, the number of people on site will not, ensuring an inspirational weekend, by turns riotous and tranquil.”
Tickets and full festival info www.porteliotfestival.com or @PortEliotFest