By Kieran Webber
The newly birthed Great Estate Festival located at Scorrier House, Cornwall over the weekend of 2nd June – 4th June is shaping up to be one hell of a party. The rambunctious affair has something for everyone and is guaranteed to be weird and wonderful.
Turn up and ride a camel, or take a ride in a hot air balloon, you can even get your self a fresh trim up or score some ink on your skin. These are just but a few things on offer at this delightful event. There will also be a host of fantastic musicians slapping down beats and softly tickling your ears with their wonderful sounds, here is our list of 5 acts we cannot wait to see.
Like most of you, I have grown up watching Craig Charles on a variety of shows such as Red Dwarf and Robot Wars, however this is not the reason I am excited about him being at The Great Estate Festival. Since 2008 Craig Charles has travelled all over the world playing in venues, nightclubs and festivals with his Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show. He has become notorious for dropping a mixture of classic funk and soul with modern beats. For the Sunday Takeover of The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show at The Great Estate, he has hand picked a selection of the finest funkiest bands and djs to support him throughout the evening.
Made up of Niamh Rowe (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Fiona Skelly (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Alfie Skelly (Lead Guitar), Tim Cunningham (Bass) and Jim Sharrock (Drums) the Liverpool quintet are notorious for their hypnotic riffs and groove laden basslines. This band right here are going to blow the fucking roof right off The Great Estate with their electrifying dose of psychedlia that is reminiscent of the 60’s and 70’s.
There are few artists as unique as Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer due to his blend of British Dandyism and hip-hop, which he has coined as chap-hop and argues that he is the inventor (no matter what that bloody Professor Elemental claims). Expect hilarity and plenty of lyrics regarding cups of tea and the correct way to polish your brogues.
The brainchild of veteran sound engineer and record producer Grippa Laybourne. Core vocalists, the empyreal Nubiya and devilishly dashing Dan Collier, combine together impeccably, with Dan’s brother Harry sometimes stepping in with his own smooth tones. The rest of the band comprises of deft bassist Lorenzo, Leon King who ranks up there with the finest Reggae/Dub guitarists around and the exceptional Craig Boorman on drums. They are bringing back a rootsy vibe to their already organic sounding reggae that has fused elements of hip-hop, electro and lo-fi dub, not to be missed under any circumstances.
Since forming in 2012 the Bristol-based duo have racked up three EPs, compilation appearances, a handful of remixes, and won over crowds from Greece to Bestival. Now they are bringing their bouncy and electrifying set to the Great Estate, we are already dusting off our dancing shoes for this one.
Find out more about The Great Estate Festival and book tickets here.