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MUSIC, MUD & MEMORIES

Date posted: September 11, 2017

LITTLE ORCHARD CIDER & MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES ITS FIFTH YEAR

Artists and music-lovers braved the mud this weekend to celebrate the fifth year of Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival. Despite challenging conditions caused by the wind and rain it failed to dampen spirits as thousands of party-goers armed with wellie boots descended on Healey’s Cyder Farm. With spectacular sets from Scouting For Girls, Hothouse Flowers, The Wurzels and The Neville Staple Band, the magical little Cornish party didn’t let the bad weather stand in its way.

Showcasing their love for a certain apple-based tipple, Somerset’s very own Scrumpy and Western band The Wurzels kick-started the main stage in style on Friday evening. Entertaining an excited crowd with ‘The Combine Harvester’ and ‘I Am A Cider Drinker,’ the fun-loving four-piece were the perfect performers for a Cornish cider party.

Ireland’s Hothouse Flowers closed the main stage of Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival on Friday evening. Frontman Liam O’Maonlai’s presence on stage was undeniably uplifting and the performance of ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ had the whole crowd singing.

Headlining festivities on Saturday evening was British pop band Scouting For Girls. Drawing an enormous crowd that spilled out into the festival grounds, the high-energy performance included popular hits ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘She’s So Lovely’. As the crowd sang their way through the feel-good set, the energy could be felt buzzing around the tent.

Local festival-goers didn’t allow Sunday’s weather to spoil the fun. A skanking celebration saw the three-day event draw to a close as main stage headliners The Neville Staple Band delivered an infectious performance. Playing ‘A Message To You Rudy,’ ‘Monkey Man’ and closing with ‘Ghost Town,’ the lively show was a brilliant way to end the festival.

Commenting on the event, festival organiser Ben Hall said: “This year we faced the worst weather conditions we have experienced since the festival launched five years ago. Despite the challenges, the festival went ahead and it was great to see how many people embraced the mud and enjoyed the music. Our team worked hard to ensure the festival remained safe and enjoyable. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone that attended and showed support.”

Nominated as the region’s official BBC Music ‘Summer of Music’ festival of 2017, Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival celebrated its biggest BBC Introducing lineup to date. Championed by BBC Radio Cornwall’s mid-morning show presenter David White, standout performances included Lots Holloway, Marcus McCoan and Winter Mountain.

David White stated: “We’ve had some of Cornwall’s best musicians performing on the BBC Music Introducing in Cornwall stage over the weekend. We’re delighted that so many of them could join us at Little Orchard, they were all brilliant. And the crowds were wonderful too. It’s such a pleasure to see people enjoying the music, regardless of the mud!”

Woodfired Canteen brought a mouth-watering element to Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival thanks to founder and head chef Ben Quinn. Pairing local ciders with delicious wood fired foods, the daily banquets of roasted meats and vegetables were served from a smouldering onsite drumbecue.

Grandma’s Funky Wardrobe once again kept revelers talking throughout the weekend. The carefully hidden little party located behind a wardrobe door was hosted by the festival’s resident grandmothers sporting stockings, blouses and walking sticks.

The newly added Zen Den offered a variety of relaxing activities across the weekend to help soothe fuzzy festival heads. Workshops included laughter yoga, sound bath healing, acro yoga and mindfulness meditation.

Loved by the young as well as the old, Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival offered something for all the family. The newly added fun fair, circus workshops, arts & crafts sessions and silent disco kept small festival-goers entertained across the September weekend.

Festival organiser Ian Whittaker added: “Despite the setbacks this weekend we are very much looking forward to planning next year’s event. Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival will continue to move from strength to strength.”

8th September – 10th September 2017, Healey’s Cyder Farm, Penhallow, Cornwall

For further information on Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival please visit www.cornwallciderfestival.co.uk