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19-22 JULY 2012




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One of the finest frontmen of the last 30 years, Suggs will become part of the official Port Eliot line-up this year, following his secret late night DJ slot in 2011. The nutty national treasure will turn raconteur, taking to the stage with piano accompaniment to perform My Life Story in Words and Music, overflowing with anecdotes from Madness and beyond.

British indie-folk band Stornoway, whose debut LP Beachcombers Windowsill (4AD) was released to great acclaim in 2010, will bring their show (and no doubt their loyal following) to Port Eliot after an intensive period of recording for their second album.

Erudite actor, comedian, writer and host of BBC Radio 4s Its Not What You Know, Miles Jupp, will read from his new book Fibber in the Heat, his account of his attempt to pose as a cricket journalist during Englands winter tour of India in 2006. Miless television and radio work includes The Thick of It and Rev, as well as the likes of Have I got News For You and Just A Minute. He will also soon be seen in Michael Winterbottoms forthcoming film The King of Soho, as well as the fourth series of The Thick of It.

Artist and legendary bass player with The Clash, Paul Simonon, will show a new exhibition of his paintings in the basement at Port Eliot throughout the festival. More details to follow.

And finally for now, the Friday night of the festival will see a rare DJ set by the Bristol HiFi Sound System, about whom wed love to say more but are sworn to secrecy. But DEFINITELY not be missed.

The idyllic Port Eliot estate in Cornwall plays host to the UK's most imaginative arts festival; over 100 performances on 10 different stages - presenting a wealth of creative talents from the worlds of books, music, fashion, food and film. Always inspiring and always surprising, Port Eliot has established itself as a matchless event on the arts calendar; things happen at Port Eliot you just don't find at other festivals. In 2011, Kate Winslet gave an impromptu reading, Hollywood maestro Martin Scorsese curated the outdoor cinema and world renowned milliner Stephen Jones demonstrated the best way to bake and eat a hat.


John Cooper Clarke, Jessica Hynes, Jon Ronson, Tracy Chevalier, William Dalrymple,

Simon Munnery, Miles Jupp, Luke Wright, India Knight, Murray Lachlan Young,

Rosie Boycott, Hannah Rothschild, Kate Summerscale, Matthew Hollis, Robert MacFarlane, Miriam Margolyes, Geoff Dyer, Susie Parr, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Craig Taylor, Ben Masters, Sam Leith, Mick Brown, dovegreyreader, Wynn & Sally Chamberlain, Laura Beatty, Pamflet,

Ali Smith, Alex Bellos, Paul Murray, Duncan Minshull, Richard Milward, John Wright

Joanna Walsh aka Badaude, Tishani Doshi, Brian Selznick, Chris Yates & Dan Kieran, Matthew De Abaitua, Marcel Theroux, Will Hodgkinson, 5x15, Will Fiennes, Roy Hutchins, Matt Harvey, Paddy Bramwells, Jackie Kay, James Flint, David Bramwell, Chris Lewis

Music & Cabaret

Stornoway, Toy, Andrew Weatherall, Suggs, Jeb Loy Nichols, Cate Le Bon,

Bristol HiFi Sound System (DJ set,) By The Sea, The See See, Diagrams, Tim Burgess (DJ set), The Bees, H Hawkline, Louis Eliot and the Embers, John Hegley, Jo & Danny (DJ set), RSVP, Spoonful, Geoff Travis (DJ set), Grasscut, Stealing Sheep, Rachel Zeffira, Crybaby, Black Kat Boppers, Sean Rowleys Guilty Pleasures, Gaz Mayall, Robert Ellis (with band),

2 Tonic, Maia, 50 Degrees Choir, The Schizodelic Sound, The Urban Voodoo Machine,

Matt Barnard, Bayou Bros, Flap!, Woodland Blue, Dalla, Jon Hicks, Grooveyard,

The Half Sisters, Hat Fitz & Cara, Hip Hop Karaoke, Jonahs Lift, Gareth Jones,

Jools on Wheels, Manire des Bohmiens, Mik Artistiks Ego Trip, Spiro, Tea Ladies on Tour


The doors of the Georgian Big Kitchen will be thrown open as an international gathering of chefs invites you to eat your way around the festival. This years line-up will include dinner lady Sarah Husband on cooking for 200; godfather of fusion cuisine Peter Gordon; editor of Waitrose Kitchen, William Sitwell; acclaimed hairstylist and committed baker Sam McKnight; Nathan Outlaw, who has two restaurants at the St Enodoc Hotel in Rock, including the 2 Michelin-starred Restaurant Nathan Outlaw; Rose Prince, food writer and journalist, author of The New English Kitchen and The New English Table; presenter and food adventurer Stefan Gates; Chris Sherville - resident chef at Port Eliot, whose fish restaurant is a firm festival favourite; chef, writer and broadcaster Allegra McEvedy, co-founder of LEON, the award-winning, healthy, fast-food restaurant group; Russell Norman, owner of Venetian-inspired restaurants Polpo and Polpetto; and Jamie Olivers Fifteen Cornwall.

Caught By The River

Down in the quarry, in front of the boathouse looking over the Lynher estuary, a refreshing mixture of bands, DJ sets, conversations, readings, discussions and archive recordings combining nature and music (not to mention the Rough Trade shop nearby) makes Caught By The River the perfect spot to pull up a hay bale and take root. In addition to the music line-up mentioned above, this years highlights include nature writers Robert MacFarlane and Chris Yates reading from their latest books; Tim Burgess reading from his autobiography, Telling Stories; treasured artefacts from Jonny Trunks vast collection of Library Music; Richard King reading from his history of independent music, How Soon Is Now; the Heavenly Jukebox; Pat Long discussing his new book, The History of the NME; and a Nature Disco created by celebrated natural history sound recordist Chris Watson, whose credits include some of the most significant wildlife series in TV history, including The Life of Birds, The Blue Planet, The Life of Mammals and Frozen Planet. Plenty more at

Port Eliot Flower Show

Curated by acclaimed Ballet Rambert production designer Michael Howells in the beautiful Orangery garden, the Port Eliot Flower Show gives a nod to the traditional village show, while staking out its own territory with a whole series of distinctive classes, as well as music, performances, gardening discussions and a chance for festivalgoers to scoop the Best-in-Show title. This years line-up will include poet and artist Sean Borodale; Anna Pavord, author of The Tulip and The Curious Gardener; organic gardener Val Bourne; new media pioneer and investigator of plants, Jonathan Drori; singer and actress Issy Van Randwyck; the St Austell Town Band; and 70-piece choir, Vocal Harem.

The Idler Academy

A collection of colourful characters, corralled by Tom Hodgkinson, editor of cult magazine The Idler, spouting forth on subjects as diverse as Frisbee Tree Golf, dolphins and 18th-century coffee houses. This year, the Academy lecturers include Dr Mark Vernon giving a mini-course in the Greek philosophers; Boff Whalley of Chumbawamba on fell running and playing the banjo; Dan Kieran discussing his new book, The Idle Traveller; Hugh Warwick on frogs; Lucy Cooke on the habits of the lovable sloth; Latin classes from actress Susanna Hislop; Tom Hodgkinson teaching the ukulele; a minstrels class from Michael Tyack; Robin Harford leading a forage around the festival site; Ben Moor gathering teams for rounds of Frisbee Tree Golf; NJ Stevenson reveal the links between fashion and song; and literary classes for children with the Wicked Young Writers Award.

Among the festival highlights:

Paradiso Cinema - Starlit screenings in a particularly beautiful part of the site alongside the Lynher estuary, with Brunels railway viaduct as a backdrop. This years guest curator will be revealed shortly.

The Wardrobe Department - At festival time, the walled garden alongside the 19th-century Orangery becomes The Wardrobe Department, led by Port Eliot fashion curator Sarah Mower, the British Fashion Councils Ambassador for Emerging Talent. Since it began, Port Eliot has played host to major names in fashion, establishing a tradition of spontaneous creativity as festivalgoers flock to make clothes and accessories. Line-up announced soon.

Five Dials Online literary magazine Five Dials will invite writers and musicians to the Walled Garden throughout the festival. Published as a PDF by Simon Prosser and Craig Taylor of Hamish Hamilton, each issue begins life in a notable international location and is loosely based around a theme. Recent issues have included musings about trees, parenting and springtime by the likes of Maggie OFarrell, Alain De Botton, Tracy Chevalier, Piers Paul Read, Philippa Gregory, Henning Mankell and Blake Morrison.

The Hullabaloo - Port Eliots 100-year-old Rhododendron Garden will be transformed into a world of games, drama, imagination, music and treasure hunts as Cornwalls captivating Rogue Theatre invites children to take part in tales of fairies, pirates, witches, giants and elves.

The Odditorium - A brand new venue at Port Eliot that celebrates the fringes of culture; its mavericks and pranksters, adventurers and occultists. The Odditorium's diverse range of talks will cover the history of ghost trains, the worlds first erotic comics, Victorian prankster Reginald Bray and the extraordinary tale of a Cornish plumber who re-invented himself as a Tibetan lama and fooled the publishing world. The Odditorium is organised by Sony Award winning broadcaster, writer and musician David Bramwell.

Wild swimming - Festivalgoers are invited to leap into the Lynher estuary at high tide for an enlivening dip or a hands-on lesson in kayaking.

Boutique Camping - Campers looking for a luxurious stay in Port Eliots parkland have plenty of comfortable choices, with original, custom-fitted American Airstream caravans, traditional gypsy bowtop caravans, canvas bell tents, tipis and yurts ready and waiting for their arrival at the festival.

Port Eliot aims to raise the spirits and inspire its audience. It is an opportunity to step into four days of artistic surprises and lose yourself in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Much of the joy of Port Eliot comes from poking around the edges of the line-up (and the corners of the site), easing between the cerebral and the frivolous, finding new performers and stumbling upon unannounced areas.


Port Eliot Festival 19-22 July 2012Tickets and full festival info Twitter: PortEliotFest

Port Eliot Estate, St Germans, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 5NDTicket prices: Adult weekend ticket including camping 150Child weekend ticket (8-15 year olds) including camping 757 and under weekend ticket including camping FREEPitch for Camper Van/Caravan 20 -

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