You always know Summer is around the corner when festival season starts, and there are plenty to choose from down here! A personal favourite is a little known event held locally called ‘Chill at the Mill’, and it happened this weekend. Every year there’s a theme, and 2019 it was the turn of the Wild West, and it was a sight to behold, trust me. I’ve talked before about how dressing up is a thing down here, and Chill at the Mill never disappoints on that front. On Sunday night I found myself shimmying to some mellow tunes alongside a cactus, a couple of sheriffs and a man in a papier-mâché bison mask! Love it!
Of course the Disco Fairies were there adding their own bit of magic sparkle to the event, and it looked like everyone had a thoroughly good time! Yesterday, one by one the partygoers will have made their way home, probably slightly worse for wear, but safe in the knowledge they have firmly kick- started the summer into action.
Down in Cornwall we’re big fans of the smaller festivals like Chill at the Mill, and next weekend there’s another one - The Great Estate Festival . No theme this time, but endless oodles of Summer fun with a great line up of bands and DJs including James and Craig Charles as well as a load of quirky little extras - the Woodland Hot Tubs, Mexican Wrestling, storytelling, vintage stalls, local foods and a secret gin garden! They call it ‘the most rambunctious garden fete’. I went last year and even if you don’t know what rambunctious means now, you will do by the time you leave! The Disco Fairies will be there in force too ready to kit out the revellers in some reflective goodness!
Probably the biggest in Cornwall is Port Elliotat the end of July. Set in the stunning grounds of a beautiful stately home in St Germans, it’s an altogether way larger affair with a strong emphasis on the literary, and an equally strong leaning towards the bizarre and obscure. (Last time I went there were two ladies buzzing around on a motorised sofa!)
Boardmastersis another biggie. Over 50,000 went last year! It’s the setting of this festival that makes it special. Situated on a clifftop overlooking Watergate Bay for the music side of things, and the incredible Fistral beach for the surfing, the views from both are amazing! Started back in 2005, its roots were a simple surf festival, and it has grown and grown since then and now attracts an amazing line-up of bands and DJs. This years we’re talking Wu-Tang Clan, Razorlight, Florence and the Machine, Dizzee Rascal, Foals - the list goes on, and on, and on.