Spotlight Festival: The Great Estate
The Great Estate, which will take place for the first time on Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th June 2017, is set in the prestigious grounds of Scorrier House. The event will combine music, art, food, comedy and fashion. The Great Estate’s first music line-up plays host to a string of exciting acts including Echo and the Bunnymen, Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, The Showhawk Duo, YouTube cover star Daisy Clark and Electric Swing Circus.
The setting alone makes this festival unique. Scorrier House provides a dramatic location and is perfect for a summer party. The house itself is surrounded by 450 acres of beautiful gardens, meadows and woodland and the Estate embodies an important part of Cornish history, too. Originally built in 1780 by the mining tycoon John Williams, the Williams family still reside here, seven generations later.The Cornish Williams are a well-documented family, notably because of their role during the industrial revolution when Cornwall’s tin and copper industry prospered. Even the gardens themselves hold an important place in history, with the input of renowned Victorian botanist, William Lobb . The gardens remain an evolving timepiece, combining winding paths, old walled gardens, wild meadows, maintained borders, flowering urns and radiant vistas. Then there's the music on offer at The Great Estate this June. English rock heroes Echo and the Bunnymen will be making the long commute south from Liverpool to headline on the Saturday. Famed for their album, Ocean Rain featuring hit single ‘The Killing Moon,’ their musical talent has influenced bands such as Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers.
Legendary actor, host and broadcaster Craig Charles will be bringing his trunk of funk to The Great Estate on Sunday 4th June for his much-anticipated festival takeover. Dictating the music schedule from afternoon through to evening, his inimitable skills have earned him global support as one of the UK’s foremost funk and soul commentators, DJ’s and promoters of new music.
Young British guitarists Mikhail Asanovic and Jake Wright, together known as The Showhawk Duo, will join Saturday’s lineup with their spectacular approach to playing the guitar. Breaking down barriers between acoustic and electronic, this lively pair have re-thought traditional musical structure creating their own all-encompassing genre that is guaranteed to blow minds.
Other acts include, YouTube sensation Daisy Clark, the high-energy band, The Electirc Swing Circus (a fusion of saucy 20's swing and stomping electro beats), Uncle Frank (Fun Lovin Criminals), Dr Meaker and Tankus The Henge, Hong Kong Ping Pong, The Sundowners and The Allergies.
Ian Whittaker, The Great Estate Director has spoken of his excitement at launching the festival this year: “It has been four years in the making and so reaching this point to announce its official launch is an incredible feeling. The festival is shaping up to be something very special and there are lots of different surprises in store throughout the weekend. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our first year of festival guests through the gates. Expect the unexpected!”
There will also be a woodland silent disco playing until the small hours with the best in pop, rock and club classics. Madame Wong's House of Wrong will give you the chance to sample some dazzling cabaret and flamboyant burlesque and we heartily recommend heading to The Sanctuary, the festival's very own on-site spa. This will have flowering urns and blossoming borders lining the entrance and will offer head-to-toe pampering with treatments, wood-fired hot tubs and relaxing massages. Holistic healers will also be on hand throughout the weekend providing reiki, sound bath healing, tarot reading and crystal healing. Sleepy heads can kick-start the day with invigorating morning yoga sessions or gently ease tired minds through guided meditation classes. There will even be the chance for some retail therapy, with Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, a carefully curated vintage marketplace with re-worked and hand made clothes and accessories.
Also on offer will be the amazing opportunity to catch a bird's-eye-view of the festival, with tethered hot air balloon rides flying festival guests high above the trees on Saturday 3rd June. This is surely the ultimate way to enjoy breathtaking views across the magnificent grounds of Scorrier House, and will be loved by all the family.
A very family-friendly festival, The Great Estate caters for toddlers through to teens, The Playground is a fun packed area dedicated to entertaining young festival-goers across the weekend. Filled with fairground rides, bouncy castles, workshops and stalls, kids will be spoilt for choice with dream catcher making sessions, forestry workshops, face painting, circus skills training and storytelling. Adding to the excitement, The Great Estate will also host a children’s silent disco for smaller music lovers.
It is also a very adult-friendly festival, too. We can't wait to track down the Secret Gin Garden, and sample the wines at the Vineyards of Babylon!
FULL MUSIC LINEUP
FRIDAY Main Stage: Electric Swing Circus, Dr Meaker, Tankus The Henge, The People’s String Foundation Trio, Francis & the Drakes Tropical Pressure DJ’s, Dodge Brothers, The Mongolian Disco Show, The Correspondents, The Flaming Infidels SATURDAY Main Stage: Echo and the Bunnymen, Showhawk Duo, The Loose Salute, The Sundowners, Hong Kong Ping Pong, Roustabouts, Daisy Clark Indian Man DJ Set, RSVP Bhangra, Hempolics, SUNDAY Main Stage: Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, Uncle Frank, Renegade Brass Band, The Allergies, Sir Funk The Carny Villains, Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer Plus many more acts still to be announced.
Energetic festival-goers can cycle to and from Scorrier House via the picturesque Mineral Tramways Coast to Coast Trail. Starting from Portreath, Bissoe or Devoran, cyclists can meander along the early horse-drawn tramroads taking in the beautiful countryside before arriving at the festival gates. High Noon Weekend Camping Tickets are currently on sale priced from £71.50 (plus £3.50 booking fee). Entry is free for under 10’s. Glamping options are also available. For further information go to http://www.festivalparadise.com/great-estate-festival and to purchase tickets please visit www.greatestatefestival.co.uk