Ivor Novello-winning band Villagers and indie rockers Mystery Jets have been announced for Porthilly Spirit.
Taking place in north Cornwall 24 to 26 May, the inaugural event will also feature a line up of pop-up restaurants run by some of the country’s leading chefs.
Porthilly Spirit is an independent festival held on a secluded farm at the mouth of the Camel Estuary, close to Rock. The programme of talks, workshops, feasts, outdoor experiences, wellbeing classes, and family activities will make it a haven for lovers of both the great outdoors and first-class food and drink.
London-based open fire cooking aficionados Smokestak and Thai barbecue bar Smoking Goat will be collaborating to create a pop-up restaurant unlike any other. Festival-goers will be able to experience the exceptional cooking of head chefs Ali Borer and David Carter each day of the event, at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A second pop-up restaurant will be run by Rick and Katie Toogood, proprietors of Prawn on the Lawn – a hugely popular seafood restaurant and fishmonger based in Islington and Padstow.
“Food and feasting is at the heart of Porthilly Spirit,” said farm owner and festival founder Will Herrmann.
“We set out to bring together some of the country’s most exciting chefs, in a unique location – and that is exactly what the event team is delivering.
“Cornwall, with its abundance of incredible produce, is the natural home for an event of this kind, and many of the chefs are as excited about cooking here as we are about hosting them.”
In addition to the pop-up restaurants, several special feasts will take place, hosted by previously announced chefs including Brat’s Tomos Parry, Anna Jones, and The Hidden Hut’s Simon Stallard – who will cook for the longest table in Cornwall on the opening night of the event.
Simon Stallard’s feast, which will be completely off-grid, is free for weekend ticket holders, with a limited number of places available on a first come first served basis. Simon’s restaurant The Hidden Hut is hugely popular, with feast night tickets selling out in a matter of minutes – in 2017 more than 22,000 people applied for just 600 covers, making it the hottest restaurant ticket in the UK.
Also announced for the music stage is alternative Cornish male voice choir Men Are Singing; multi-instrumentalist J-Felix; reggae-rooted producer and DJ Wrongtom; and indie-folk musician Nathan Ball. They join previously-announced acts Tom Odell, Gilles Peterson, Songhoy Blues, Mr Jukes, and Tom Findlay.
Immersive theatre will take place throughout the weekend, courtesy of award-winning Rogue Theatre, and a special collaboration between The Embers Collective and Stumble Trip Theatre.
Rogue Theatre will be performing Tales From Wild Places – a collection of some of Rogue’s favourite bewitching and uplifting stories, each celebrating life’s wild places. The Embers Collective and Stumble Trip Theatre will be bringing a new show, brimming with music, mayhem and myths.
Porthilly Spirit will also feature talks and workshops centred on three key themes: food, adventure, and wellness. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets can be purchased from www.porthillyspirit.com. Full weekend tickets are priced at £180 for adults, including camping, and from £24 for children.
Boutique camping tickets are also available, providing guests with private luxurious bell tents, real double beds, thick duvets, and access to separate facilities.
Individual day tickets are available from £45 for adults and £8 for children. Discounted locals’ tickets are also available – visit the website to see a list of eligible postcodes: www.porthillyspirit.com/information.
For more information, visit www.porthillyspirit.com.