Introducing a festival of music, outdoor living and adventure. In two parts. Taking place at Fforest Farm, Cilgerran from 10th – 17th August.
This summer, Caught by the River heads to the wild west of Wales for seven days of music, talks, workshops and blissful outdoor living at Fforest in Cardigan (10th and 17th August 2015). We’ve never attempted anything like this before – a family-friendly week of live music, workshops, readings, DJ sets and good times.
Caught by the River Teifi promises to be a truly unique gathering, offering the chance to explore one of the most idyllic, unspoilt outdoor locations in the whole of the UK. We’ve been to Fforest numerous times over the last five years (we first rocked up there with the Roam van on its last mission back in the day) – it’s pretty much a self-contained rural heaven. With its own on-site pub.
As we’ve never done anything quite like this before, we’re not really applying normal rules to things. For starters, the festival is split into two distinct halves.
Weekdays take place in the rolling green of the 200-acre Fforest Farm, on the Weekend the festival also takes over the neighbouring River’s Edge venue at Cardigan Quays.
On Weekdays, visitors can take part in workshops and outdoor activities around the Farm site situated next to the free flowing river Teifi. These will include classes on illustration and painting from Matt Sewell and Pete Fowler, creative writing from Caught by the River poet in residence Will Burns (Faber New Poets), field recording from Rob St John and fly-tying from Bruno Vincent. Activities also on offer will be canoeing in the Teifi gorge, family bush craft, nature printmaking, cooking with fire, knife and axe craft, guided walks, archery, technical tree climbing, swimming yoga & wellness, Fforest garden lessons and much more. After sundown, music will be provided by Caught by the River DJs and regular site contributors.
Other names already confirmed: Justin Robertson, Jeb Loy Nichols, Folklore Tapes, Nina Lyon, Richard Hector Jones, Richard King, Emma Warren, Kieran Evans, James Endeacott, James Lynch, Wales Arts Review, Jeff Barrett, Robin Turner and the Heavenly Jukebox.
At the weekend (14th/15th), Caught by the River Teifi becomes a proper music festival when it moves to River’s Edge, a recently converted coal warehouse on the banks of the Teifi. A truly phenomenal line-up of bands and DJs will be announced next week alongside the full schedule of weekday workshops and classes.
Across the whole festival, Fforest’s on-site pub – Y Bwthyn – will offer a mini beer festival featuring a constantly revolving selection of local ales and ciders suitable to accompany (most) activities.
A range of different luxury accommodation options – including cabins, domes, bell tents and crog lofts – are available to festivalgoers. There is also the option to pitch tents at a small cost. Check the website for details and pricings. You can even fish off the banks of the Teifi in front of the River’s Edge pub.
Basically, this is a living, breathing version of Caught by the River. We’re very, very excited about it. Hope you fancy joining us there.