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The sound of sport

By West Briton  |  Posted: July 05, 2012

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THE Festival of Sport is a new weekend event mixing mass participation sports events with festival fun, including a superb line-up of music including Reef, Dry The River and Ruarri Joseph.

Hosted at Mount's Bay, Marazion, in the shadow of St Michael's Mount from September 14 to 16, the event incorporates two days of 'core sports' including triathlons, cycling, open water swimming and beach running events with additional 'beach sports' such as gig rowing, kayaking, touch rugby, paddle-boarding and beach volleyball all complemented by two evenings of live music and entertainment in the Festival Hub which will also host a St Austell Brewery bar, Jamie Oliver Fabulous Feasts catering, children's activities and retail expo.

The Festival of Sport is hosted in conjunction with the St Aubyn Estate and Visit Cornwall and the main Festival Hub will be located on the Folly Field Car Parks on the outskirts of Marazion.

Participants entering any of the 'core sports' automatically get their Festival Pass included in their entry fee as well as the ability to buy discounted passes for friends and family.

Festival Passes are also on sale for those more interested in the live music with two nights of entertainment on the main stage in the Festival Hub.

Somerset hard rockers Reef – always popular in Cornwall – will be headlining the Saturday night with support from popular Newquay-based singer-songwriter Ruarri Joseph, Steve Smyth, The Struts and more.

The previous night sees a headline set from the excellent Dry The River, whose Shallow Bed is one of the best debut albums so far this year. Having started the year as one of the 15 artists on the prestigious BBC Sound of 2012 shortlist, they recently completed their biggest UK headline tour to date, culminating in a rapturous London Electric Ballroom show. Their baroque folk-pop sound is not to be missed. Imagine a beer-sodden, British Arcade Fire ....

Run by well-known indie club night, B-Side, this special B-Side The Seaside bill also includes mighty soul-rockers Brother & Bones, Launceston's up-and-coming Patrick James Pearson Band and young local talents Moonlet & The Love-Monks and Kezia.

Both nights will be compèred by irrepressible Cornish comedian and some bleddy boy, Kernow King.

Purchasing a Festival Pass will also give access to the Beach Sports to create a brilliant weekend of activities for all ages.

For more information visit www.festivalofsport.net

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