Caught by the River

Let's All Take A Trip To The Edge Of The Country

23rd April 2015


A week long festival of music, outdoor living and adventure. In two parts. Taking over Fforest Farm, Cilgerran between 10th – 17th August.

This summer, Caught by the River heads west for seven days of music, talks, workshops and blissful outdoor living at Fforest in Cardigan (10 – 17 August 2015).

Caught by the River Teifi is a family-friendly week of live music, workshops, readings, DJ sets and good times. It 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.

Uniquely, 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.

During the week, festivalgoers can take part in workshops and outdoor activities around the Farm site (which is 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 Will Burns (Faber New Poets) and Nina Lyon, field recording from Rob St John and fly-tying from Bruno Vincent. BAFTA winning (local) director Kieran Evans is programming a mini film festival to take place across weekday evenings.

Activities on offer daily include canoeing in the Teifi gorge, family bush craft, nature printmaking, cooking with fire, knife and axe craft, guided walks, archery, tree climbing, swimming yoga & wellness, Fforest garden lessons and much more. After sundown each day, music will be provided by Caught by the River DJs and regular Caught by the River contributors. Names already confirmed: Justin Robertson, Jeb Loy Nichols, Richard Hector Jones, James Endeacott, Robin Turner and the Heavenly Jukebox.

At the weekend, Caught by the River Teifi takes over the nearby River’s Edge venue in Cardigan. On Friday and Saturday nights, there will be live music presented by Nyth and Caught by the River featuring:

Carw, Castles, Colorama, Cpt Smith, Eaves, Folklore Tapes, Gwenno, H.Hawkline, Jeb Loy Nichols, Meilyr Jones, Stealing Sheep, Trwbador, Ysgol Sul and Zefur Wolves.

…and talks, readings and conversation presented by Wales Arts Review and Caught By The River, featuring:

Carly Holmes, Craig Austin, Cynan Jones, Gary Raymond, Gavin Goodwin, Jo Mazelis, John Lavin, Katharine Norbury, Miriam Darlington, Niall Griffiths, Nina Lyon, Richard King, Ros Hudis and Steph Power.

Daytime entertainment on Saturday will be provided by the Sounds of Monsterism Island Discoteque – a matinee gig/DJ session for psychedelically minded kids.

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 prices. Weekend festival tickets are also available without accommodation.

Wales Arts Review (Saturday) in the Canoe Club:

Miriam Darlington and Katharine Norbury reading from their books Otter Country and The Fish Ladder and in conversation with Wales Arts Review Fiction Editor, John Lavin; Richard King in conversation with Contributing Editor, Craig Austin; Cynan Jones in conversation with Senior Editor, Gary Raymond; readings from The Welsh Nature Issue: Carly Holmes, Jo Mazelis, Ros Hudis, Gavin Goodwin will all read and be in conversation with Music Editor, Steph Power; Fiction Map of Wales/ Story: Retold event – Niall Griffiths, Jo Mazelis and Carly Holmes read and discuss their work with John Lavin.

More info and daily workshop schedules will be posted here and on the festival website in the coming weeks.