As the crocuses bloom in the Port Eliot garden and the days get longer, we’re over the moon to share with you a first little taster of what’s to come here in Cornwall in 2019. Roll on July!
Best of Words: Emily Maitlis, Shappi Khorsandi & Bruce Parry
This year, we’re thrilled to welcome award-winning BBC Newsnight and election presenter, Emily Maitlis; one of the country’s finest and favourite stand-ups, Shappi Khorsandi; and explorer, filmmaker and Tribe adventurer, Bruce Parry. We also have English comedian, actor and Infinite Monkey Cage presenter Robin Ince; Cornwall-obsessed comedian, writer and actor Kernow King; and surreal and silly stand-up Paul Foot.
This year’s Bowling Green stage highlights include Martin Parr, A.C. Grayling, Viv Groskop, John Lanchester; Robert Elms; David Hepworth and novelist Max Porter. Max’s first novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers won many awards and will hit the stage with Cillian Murphy this spring.
Among this year’s treats at the The Idler Academy, Paddington writer, Mighty Boosh mainstay (and, chiefly, for us, ‘Garfunkel’ Detectorist), Simon Farnaby and writer, film-maker and leading Left thinker, Paul Mason.
Robyn Hitchcock, Aldous Harding, The Orielles + more!
Eternal British cult hero, Robyn Hitchcock, will bring his gift for melody and wry insight to the Church. This will be an audience with one of the country’s great songwriters in a hallowed place, which is the very least his music deserves. Also gracing the Church will be highly-acclaimed singer-songwriter, Ed Harcourt, with beautiful piano-led instrumentals.
As you’ll know if you’ve been before, Thursday at the festival is always special. We’re excited to tell you that this year’s Thursday Caught by the River headliner is Aldous Harding, with support from Pip Blom, Tiny Ruins and Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou. Thursday is included on a weekend ticket only.
The glorious Beak> will headline Caught by the River on the Friday, Stealing Sheep will top the bill Saturday and Port Eliot favourite The Orielles will lead the Sunday night party.
We’re thrilled to welcome the totally brilliant James Yorkston, and to bring back festival favourites Indian Man, Daphne Guinness and audiobooks.
Hole & Corner return!
We’re thrilled to say Hole & Corner magazine will be back this year with their beautiful Makers’ Village – a dreamy place to while away the afternoon. We’re especially excited about the Aardman model-making workshop, where you’ll learn how to make your very own character from clay.
The full workshop programme will go on sale at the end of April. As well as Hole & Corner’s craft workshops, it’ll feature Parkour lessons, life drawing, Canadian canoeing, photography, archery and meditative botanical illustration among hundreds of workshops. More on that later.
Valentine Warner to curate the Open Fire stage
This year, we are excited to tell you that the Open Fire stage will be curated by chef, writer and broadcaster, Valentine Warner. Among those confirmed for the food programme so far are some of Britain’s most exciting chefs, including Russell Norman, Olia Hercules, Gill Meller, Zoe Adjonyoh and food historian, presenter and The History Cook columnist, Polly Russell.
One of the highlights in the Big Kitchen will be food historian, cook and author of Dinner with Dickens, Pen Vogler, who will be preparing and serving some of the Victorian recipes served by Charles Dickens to the many guests invited to dine at his home.
Fashion Foundation: Preen, Alice Temperley + more!
This year, the Fashion Foundation will take audiences behind the scenes of a catwalk show from start to finish, look at the future of the industry and celebrate the greats. The 2019 line-up will include a special new collaboration with the Fashion & Textile Museum, as well as designers Preen, Alice Temperley, Marta Jakubowski, Sadie Williams, the Art Car Boot Fair, Rockins badge workshop and London’s gender-queer fashion collective, Art School. The full line-up will be out later in the year.
Buy your tickets now and start planning your Cornish summer holiday!