Our now annual high Summer visit to the Port Eliot festival was the best yet. I know we always say that, but it was. These are some pics taken by Wendy over the course of Saturday and Sunday.
The World of Andrews of Arcadia.
Roy Wilkinson, author of Do It For Your Mum, with Tim Burgess ahead of taking the stage to talk about Tim’s autobiography, Telling Stories.
Caught by the River’s Jeff Barrett, poses for wife whilst friend and colleague, Robin Turner, raids the caravan.
Pollard author, Laura Beatty, reading chapters from her next book, Darkling. This was a treat but it’s going to be 2014 before we can read it.
Beth Orton, Saturday night. Another treat. Beth had been hoping she could join us this year, but a busy schedule (making a new record – released in September) meant that she couldn’t confirm when we hit deadline. Come mid-June we lost someone from the bill and Beth just happened to be around. The tent – and the field, see next pic – was the busiest we’ve ever had it and she was amazing.
Another highlight of the weekend, the return of Andrew Weatherall.
And the return of another gentleman of the turntable, Jonny Trunk. Jonny requested to play the Sunday morning slot again so’s he could play ‘music to read your newspapers to’.
Chris Watson. This was Chris’s third year with us and this picture was taken during Nature Disco, his second performance of the weekend (the first being a collaboration with Robert Macfarlane on an Old Ways reading on Saturday afternoon).
Hannah, singer in The Memory Band, who played two sets for us this year. Hannah arrived with the band on Thursday afternoon expecting to be going home on Saturday. It took her five minutes to realise that sticking around was a much better option. The power of the daytime ‘disco-nap’ meant she was one of the last folk standing every night. A welcome addition to the firm, we were glad she stayed down.
Tomo. Legend. Friend of the river from day one and associate-at-arms of Arcadia. As well as kindly donating his pictorial documentation of many of our events over the years, Tomo recently wrote a personal and poignant piece for us entitled, Phantom Fields and Ghost Squadrons, which he read from twice in the magical world of Arcadia.
Andrews of Arcadia (right) and our good friend Tony Crean, outside the Rough Trade shop. What John (Andrews) brought to the party this year was beyond the call of duty and imagination. A lot of work, a lot of style and a lot of very interesting collaborators went into taking the World of Arcadia way beyond curiosity. We got a lot to thank Tony for too. He and our stage manager Carl (no pictures of Carl on this page, hopefully there’ll be one or two amongst Tomo’s set that I’ve not had chance to look at) kept the whole thing running sweetly.
This is the tent during the last song of Diagrams set on Sunday night. They had no lasers so they brought balloons. A cool way to close the stage before hitting the disco.
And this is Caught by the River’s Danny Mitchell getting the disco started. We set up the decks in the (extended) bar for the first time this year and rocked it until 3am (at which point most of our lot headed on up to the Boogie Round and carried on for another couple of hours).
The way home after a fantastic weekend. This view of Isambard Kindom Brunel’s viaduct, is from the garden, just down river from us, seen as it spans the Lynher at St. Germans Quay, carrying the Great Western Railway between Penzance and London. Until next time.