Billy Curtis

The Great Estate, Cornwall | Festival Review

We were at Cornwall’s Great Estate Festival at the weekend as Scorrier House flung open its gates for another feast of music and madness. Here’s what happened…

Having promised ‘The Most Rambunctious Garden Féte’, the festival most certainly lived up to its billing. A double-decker Pimm’s bus and giant cream tea party exemplified the garden féte feel, and there was a healthy dose of rambunctiousness courtesy of The Hokey Cokey Parlour and Madame Wong’s House of Wrong.

The Great Estate Festival 2018, Cornwall | World Record Cream Tea Party

Photo: Lewis Harrison-Pinder

The main stage music programme featured emerging and local artists alongside bonafide music legends such as The Charlatans, plus there were an esteemed variety of DJs greasing the wheels at the late night areas.

The incredible Mr Switch and his Symphonic Orchestra kicked things off on the Friday night, getting a bumper crowd nicely warmed up for the weekend ahead. Then Saturday night’s main event saw The Charlatans take festival goers through their extensive repertoire of indie hits, chucking in classics like The Only One I Know alongside fresh material from their 2017 LP Different Days.

The Charlatans performing live at The Great Estate Festival 2018, Cornwall

Photo: Lewis Harrison-Pinder

And finally, Craig Charles wrapped up proceedings with a rip-roaring set of funk & soul bangers. Arriving on stage after a lively set from Daytoner, the legendary 6 Music and Radio 2 DJ had everyone jumping from start to finish as he worked his way through his famous trunk of funk. Absolute crowd pleaser.

During the day, The Secret Gin Bar, hosted by local distillery Tarquin’s, provided the perfect sanctuary to soak up the sun and get set for a big night of music. Meanwhile, for those in need of a little extra recovery and TLC, you could also grab a massage or enjoy a soak in the Kernow Springs hot tubs.

Families were well catered for too, with loads of festival fun for the nippers including fairground rides, a daytime silent disco and a variety of arts & crafts workshops.

At a time when overcrowded, corporate-run events have become the norm, The Great Estate is a genuinely authentic festival; like a massive party in your back garden with your mates – all 19,000 of them.


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