A cornucopia of wordsmiths, music-makers, artists, comedians, fashionistas and food lovers have been announced for the suitably eclectic and eccentric bill for this year’s Port Eliot Festival.
The event, to be held on the picturesque and historic riverside estate of the Earl and Countess of St Germans in south East Cornwall from July 24 to 27, returns after a year off with fresh vigour and a line-up that promises something for all tastes and vintages.
The quirky Public Service Broadcasting have been announced as headliners for one of the Friday night stages, joining a thrilling mix of artists, performers, writers and thinkers including Gruff Rhys, Jimi Goodwin, Andrew Weatherall, Count Arthur Strong, Sean Hughes, John Shuttleworth, Shami Chakrabarti, Martin Parr, Ben Watt, Don Letts, Romesh Ranganathan and the James Hunter Six.
More names on the music, laughter, art and words list include Simon Munnery, Son of Dave, Lily and Meg, Black Kat Boppers, Count Drachma, Luke Sital-Singh, JC Death Trap, Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip, Manière des Bohémiens, Elvis McGonagall, Rimski’s Piano, Pearl TN, Murray Lachlan Young, Alexia Coley, Simon Garfield, Rachel Cooke, Michael Howells, Brian Selznick, Sarah Mower, Jenny Dyson, Luke Wright, Craig Taylor, Kamila Shamsie, James Flint, John Yorke, Christopher Hampton, 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 and The Odd Folk.
In the waterside enclave curated by the Caught By The River blog, as well as the aforementioned Gruff Rhys, Jimi Goodwin and Andrew Weatherall, expect to find 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, The Rails (Kami Thompson and James Walbourne), Rob St John, Emma Warren, Lux Harmonium, RG Morrison and the Heavenly Jukebox DJs, among others.
On the food front, there’s a proper feast with Skye Gyngell, Rose Prince, The Ethicureans, Sam and Sam Clarke (Moro), Russell Norman and Luke Bishop (Polpo), Nathan Outlaw, Hemsley + Hemsley, Chris Sherville, Mark Diacono Richard Bertinet, Daniel de la Falasie, Benjamin Ranyard, Kay Bolitho, Jonathon Jones and Murphy Williams (Cloud Nine Marshmallows).
The Idler hosts a team of literary bods and pontificators that includes 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 and Chris Lintott.
Meanwhile Port Eliot’s Walled Garden will become The Wardrobe Department, packed with designers and stylists, each handpicked by Sarah Mower, the Ambassador for Emerging Talent at the British Fashion Council.
Festival founder, Catherine St Germans,says: “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.”
Visit porteliotfestival.com for more details and tickets.