Port Eliot festival 2018 – the first lineup

Picturesque Port Eliot festival, set on the South East Cornish coast, has built a reputation for its thoughtfully curated lineup, a mix of music, comedy, workshops and talks. Food, fashion and literature also feature. The beautiful estate is buzzing from dawn to midnight and beyond with a huge variety of events, so one minute you…

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Cool Britannia festival relives the nineties

A new festival bursting with 90s acts is all set for this August Bank Holiday weekend. Called Cool Britannia festival, the event is suitably set in the old-school festival site of Knebworth Park, and takes us on a journey back in time with a mishmash of Britpop(ish) era bands and dance acts.  If this sounds…

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Sea Change festival adds Dartington Hall as a venue

Sea Change festival in Totnes has established quite a name for itself in its two years of its existence. Started by Drift Record shop, its knowledgeable owners have enticed a raft of stellar names both emerging and established, to play at a host of quirky venues around the town. There’s the restored Totnes Cinema, two…

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Robert Plant for Bearded Theory 2018

There’s a touch of magic about Bearded Theory festival that keeps me, and around 9,000 other souls, keep coming back year after year. Great lineups, fancy dress, imaginative beards and a genuinely brilliant crowd do it every time. And joining this year’s Bearded Theory lineup is none other than the magnificent Robert Plant, who will…

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Chagstock festival announcements 2018

Little West-country festival Chagstock takes place this year on the 21st and 22nd July, in the heart of the Devon countryside. And by little we mean it, Chagstock is exclusively 5,000 strong – perfect for those who like an intimate, friendly family atmosphere. This year the lineup features The Correspondents and dynamic Americana duo The…

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Deltiron festival in Cadiz

Things have been a bit quiet here at gourmetgigs while I’ve been in southern Spain. But as chance would have it, I was invited to a local music festival called Deltirón, in the breezy, friendly coastal city of Cádiz. I swapped a lifetime of festivals on home turf for palm trees, enviably balmy weather and…

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Green Man festival 2017 review

This year was the 15th anniversary of Green Man, the bucolic festival set in the Brecon Beacons. It is – since the demise of Big Chill – my favourite festival venue, with its lush mountainous setting and main stage framed dramatically by the Black Mountains. For those short of stature (like myself), you’ll always have…

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Late season festival news

If you’re feeling a tad underfestivalled, there are even more events to head off to late in the season. Nothing like prolonging summer with a weekend of wall-to-wall music. Or if you’re pushed for time, or had enough of damp tents, non camping festivals are springing up in abundance. Sea Change, Devon   25th to…

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