Stornoway, Villagers, Ibibio Sound Machine, The Fisherman's Friends, Kieran Leonard, Colorama, Jonnie Common, and Will Varley are latest acts confirmed on the line-up for Port Eliot Festival held between Thursday 30th July and Sunday 2nd August 2015 in the grounds of the Earl of St Germans Cornish estate at Port Eliot in Cornwall.
They join a musical line-up that includes The Unthanks, Ezra Furman, Marika Hackman, Archie Bronson Outfit, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Kurt Jackson and John Sauven Stealing Sheep, Chris Watson, Andrew Weatherall, Geata Krar Collective, Kid Wave, John Otway, Faerground Accidents, RSVP, Lail Arad, Eaves, Louis Eliot & The Embers , Mad Dog Mcrea, Vince Lee & Becca Langsford, Rory Butler, The Mostar Diving Club, My Darling Clementine, Police Dog Hogan, Mik Artistik's Ego Trip, Will McNicol and Luke Selby, Susie Mac, Tankus the Henge, Love Nor Money, Grooveyard, John Andrews, Virginia and Florence Astley, Patrick Barkham, Bizarre Rituals, Andy Childs, Mathew Clayton, Tim Dee & Philip Marsden, Remembered For A While: A Nick Drake Companion, Folklore Tapes, Pete Fowler Fumaca Preta, Gwenno, The Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band The Heavenly Jukebox, Hooton Tennis Club, Richard King, Clive Langer and the Clang Group The London Sound Survey, John Lewis Stempel, Nina Lyon, Matthew and Me Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou, Katharine Norbury, Marcus O’Dair, Red River Dialect Rob St. John, Emma Warren, Jane Weaver, Roy Wilkinson’s Pop & Nature Quiz.
Comedy line-up includes Dom Joly, Shappi Khorsandi, Mitch Benn, Murray Lachlan-Young, Sara Pascoe, Jonny Fluffypunk, Simon Munnery, Elvis McGonagall, Kernow King, and Alex Edelman.
Speakers announced for the literary stages include Ralph Steadman & Ceri Levy, Sarah Waters, Alan Johnson, Shami Chakrabarti Patrick Gale, Alexandra Shulman, Iain Sinclair, Nikita Lalwani, Simon Armitage, Rosie Boycott Tim Dowling, Hannah Rothschild, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Nina Stibbe, Kamila Shamsie, Rachel Holmes Matt Haig, Rachel Cooke, Neel Muhkerjee, Owen Sheers, Julian Baggini Alex Bellos Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Tom Payne, Lisa Armstrong, and Louise Carpenter.
On the Flower and Fodder Stage will be Skye Gyngell, Thomasina Miers, Richard Bertinet, Rick Stein, Tom Parker Bowles Blanche Vaughan, Rose Prince, Jack Adair Bevan of The Ethicureans, Claire Ptak, Mark Diacono Jack and Jill Stein, Claire Thomson, Ben Tish, Sarah Husband, Benjamin Ranyard, Allan Jenkins ‘Fat Hen’ Caroline Davey with Mark Devonshire, Jason Goodwin, Chloe Fox, Susan Prior ‘Kitchen Coach’ Justine Kanter, Sean Borodale, Tony Howard, ‘Oyster Lady’ Katy Davidson Arbell Lowther, and Bill Bradshaw.
Guests also include John Lloyd, Tristan Gooley, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, and Tom Hodgkinson on the story of the ukulele, Chris Difford, Eddie Argos, Harry Mount, Will Hodgkinson, Laura Barton, James Wallman, James Mallinson and his film about Kumbh Mela, Alys Fowler, Mick Houghton on Sandy Denny, Clare Pollard, Dominic Frisby on Bitcoin, Andrew Simms, Crispin Hunt, Jules Evans, David Bramwell, James Dowdeswell, Katharine Hibbert, and Julian Mash as well as regular ancient philosophy classes, drawing lessons, ukulele classes, dancing lessons with the Mudflappers, Charlotte Hobson's Russian swearing lesson and the return of Frisbee Tree Golf with Ben Moor.
Set in the very same location as the legendary Elephant Fayre, back in the Seventies and Eighties, the festival started up as the Eliot Lit Fest early in the millennium and offers a rich diversity of arts and entertainment encompassing music, literature, poetry, comedy, film and art.
Festival Director, Catherine St Germans, said, "Every year, when we start to plan the festival, it can be a bit daunting when we start with two very large pieces of paper – one blank and needing to be filled with the hefty wish-list of artists which covers the other sheet. Months later, we’re extremely delighted and a little disbelieving that so many of those on our wish list will be joining us in Cornwall this summer.
"It’s hard to pick out highlights, but the idea of walking all over the site and catching one-off performances and conversations and demonstrations with such a variety of talents as Rick Stein, Thomasina Miers, Richard Bertinet, Andrew Weatherall, Ezra Furman, The Unthanks, The Lilac Time and John Lloyd is very exciting (and these are just some highlights of the official bill – plenty more happens unannounced at all hours of the day and night). The festival remains the highlight of my year and I’m so pleased that it has become a bit of a treasured fixture in the calendars of so many others too. If you’re a Port Eliot veteran, you’ll love it again this year; if you’ve never been, we’d love you to come and experience the beautiful, half-paced atmosphere that pervades at Port Eliot during the festival."
The early bird offer has ended. Tickets are priced at £165 each (please note there's an additional booking fee).
Child aged 14 to 17 years inclusive tickets are priced at £70, as are those for children aged 8 to 13 years inclusive, children aged 7 years and under can attend for free.
Port Eliot is a combination of books, music, fashion, film, food, wildlife, water and conversations set around the ancient and beautiful stately home and mediaeval
monastery at St Germans in south-east Cornwall sit in more than 100 acres of woodland gardens and park.
Throughout the festival, visitors will also be able to roam the gardens and park - created by landscape gardener Humphrey Repton - which stretches down to a secret estuary of the river Lynher, above which stands Brunel’s railway viaduct. The festival is always looking for new things to do; stages are run by dovegreyreader, Caught By the River, The Idler and digital literary magazine Five Dials.
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