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2020 evening music acts announced

By January 14, 2020 No Comments

This year’s evening Shipyard Session line-up includes a fabulous full-on Eighties theme party night on Friday, featuring ultimate 80s tribute band Atomic 80s. Funk and soul Saturday brings local soul favourites Daytonerand funk’s finest Smoove and Turrell to the Shipyard. Then the Festival will close with ultimate Skank Sunday, featuring some of Cornwall’s best ska bands.

Friday support will provide more 80s fun from Nigel Pengelly’s 80’s Roadshow; with the Love Food Soundsystem  supporting with on-theme tunes for Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Want to dance with somebody? Friday’s headliners Atomic 80s will bring the ultimate tribute to the 80s to Porthleven, blasting out all your favourite eighties party tunes. Dress up in eighties fashions as Atomic 80s bring you smash hits taking you back to this power decade. This group of talented South West musicians have fast become a sought-after eighties experience, recreating hits from artists like Madonna, Wham!, Duran Duran, Blondie and Michael Jackson… sweet dreams are made of this!

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On Saturday night the big guns will be smoking funk and northern soul as Daytoner and Smoove and Turrell take to the stage. As a DJ & producer, Daytoner has supplied global funk, soul, ska and swing dance floors since 2009 with over 30 releases, remixes and edits on various labels. There’s also been regular radio support from Craig Charles on BBC 6 Music & Radio 2 along with a BBC Introducing shortlisting, BBC Radio One plays and 1 million Soundcloud plays. Their exciting live show effortlessly twists classic vintage hooks and samples into new live remixes along with original floor fillers of their own to provide a totally unique, feel-good show.

One of the finest and most dynamic funk and soul acts in Britain today, Smoove and Turrell recently celebrated ten years at the heart of the northern soul scene. The band’s first record, I Can’t Give You Up, proved so popular that the initial 500 vinyl pressings sold out, resulting in frenzied online bidding that saw the record changing hands for up to £160!

This Geordie crew have since been supported by Craig Charles on Radio 6 Music and scored Radio 2 records of the week, as well as spins on the 6 Music playlist. Their songs have been used on feature films and TV shows as well as prim-time adverts on America’s ABC network and in video games such as The Crew.

KCRW Radio in LA putthe trackHard Work in their coveted Today’s Top Tune slot, further exposing the band to west coast tastemakers and making them unlikely darlings of the US sync business, too.

The Festival will close on Sunday with Sunday Skank –  featuring some of Cornwall’s best ska tribute acts in Rudi’s Message, Go Go Skank and Tribo Groove.

Alec Short, Chair of the Porthleven Food Festival Committee, said: “The Food Festival’s Shipyard Sessions are a great way to wind down after the day’s festivities and we’ve got a party for everyone this year. Friday will be a real theme-night eighties party, then Saturday is a chance to see some amazing, funk and soul bands who’ve had loads of national radio airplay, before Sunday’s funky ska night. There really is something for everyone in this line-up.”

Porthleven Food Festival offers daytime music and family-friendly entertainment free-of-charge with visitors only needing tickets for the evening music events.

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Porthleven Food Festival cancelled for 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the organisers of Porthleven Food Festival must announce that our 2020 event, which was due to take place from 17-19 April, will be cancelled.

All ticketholders will be automatically refunded and all traders, acts, artists and speakers will be rebooked for the 2021 event.

The decision, which has not been taken lightly, has been made amidst the current situation with Coronavirus/ COVID-19 in the UK.

With less than five weeks to go any additional restrictions on the movement of people, or a nationwide ban on events being enacted in the coming weeks, would be financially catastrophic for our Festival. We therefore feel that we must cancel the event this year in order to guarantee its future survival.

The team has already put a great deal of time, resource and energy into organising and promoting this year’s event and this is not a decision we’ve made lightly.

We hope you understand and respect our difficult decision to act now, thus removing uncertainty, reducing the amount of outlay by our audiences, sponsors, traders, suppliers and partners and helping to secure the event in future years.