Port Eliot Festival 2012: Competition
One of the best festivals to go to this summer is Port Eliot Festival. An evocative mix of music, poetry, film, dancing, fashion, food, and literacy set in the gorgeous grounds of Port Eliot House in St Germans.
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Port Eliot Estate
Port Eliot Festival: 19th - 22nd July
Adult weekend ticket inc. camping: £150
Child weekend ticket inc. camping: £75
Under 7s: free
Day tickets are available.
Over 100 performances – some prearranged some with glorious spontaneity the atmosphere is utterly magical and there is so much to fall in love with. The artists’ line-up is by no means finalised but GCG have had a sneaky peak.
Last year saw Kate Winslet giving an impromptu book reading (I was there!) she looked beautiful, Martin Scorsese curated the Outdoor Cinema and the fabulous milliner Stephen Jones demoed the best way to bake and eat a hat. Suggs – following his secret DJ set last year – is heading back turning raconteur, performing to piano accompaniment ‘My Life Story in Words and Music’ from Madness and beyond.
Top festival tips:
- Rest up beforehand – there is so much to see and do all day from wild swimming and yoga first thing to all night partying to secret DJ sets.
- If you are camping make sure that you are glamping – comfort is paramount because of the point above.
- Secret & spontaneous happenings make the festival so special – seek them out a la Kate Winslet’s reading.
- Buy a programme – it will become your bible! & it has a map.
Line up for 2012:
By no means in detail so check out the website for the full line-up thus far but a few choice picks.
John Cooper Clarke; India Knight; Dove Grey Reader
Music & Cabaret
Stornoway; Bristol HiFi Sound System (secret line-up!); Andrew Weatherall
Nathan Outlaw; Rose Prince; Allegra McEvedy
‘The Idler Academy’ is a firm favourite haunt of mine as well as the ‘Wardrobe Dept.’ of which more details soon. ‘Caught By The River’ is a curious and spell-binding mix of artists and the ‘Paradiso Cinema’ (curator to be announced) is dating heaven with the backdrop of the Lynher estuary and Brunel’s viaduct as the backdrop.
GCG whave a pair of festival camping tickets to give-away: click here to enter!