We’re delighted to be able to share our stellar line up of South West bands headlining the three nights of our 2022 event.
On Friday Guilty Pleasures will open up proceedings with a bang, bringing all the cheesy pop classics that you’re too proud to admit that you love.
Then Company B will headline the evening with the sights and sounds of the 1940’s bang up to date with a rowdy energetic show full of swagger. The classic, cool swing sound this 7-piece “jump jive” band is a food Festival audience favourite that never fails to deliver.
Company B guitarist Matt Arundell said: “After two long years out the Company B boys are so excited to come back to Porthleven Food Festival. As the first festival of the year it’s always a great atmosphere in the tent with some fantastic food stalls to keep the energy up. We literally can’t wait.”
On Saturday it’s time to hit the blues with Smokey’s King Shufflers, a Chicago blues band comprising some of the best blues players on the South West scene. The Shufflers have developed a reputation for blistering, authentic live performances that are hard-hitting and full of dynamism; the band can go from a whisper to a roar in the blink of an eye, leaving audiences breathless. They went down a storm last year as Porthleven’s Arts Festival closers.
John Smith, lead singer from Smokey’s King Shufflers said: “We had an amazing night last time we played back in 2019, so we can’t wait to get back on stage for the Festival’s return!”
Then it’s over to Sandy Acre 7, an entertaining and dynamic 6-piece band who create a fantastic party atmosphere and inspire memorable fun. They’ll be filling the dance floor by engaging all ages and tastes; from soul, blues and swing to ska, reggae and dance, and from 1950s R&B to modern anthems and contemporary classics. Fine musicians, feel-good enthusiasm, and some fancy footwork, The Sandy Acre 7 create a fantastic party atmosphere and inspire memorable fun.
On Sunday the Festival is delighted to welcome The Disappointments to the stage, featuring long-term Porthleven Food Festival Kids’ Field production manager Vicki Cox on double bass and vocals, alongside Thor House (guitar & vocals), Antony Ashton (drums) and Sascha House (melodica & vocals). Expect a melodic country and rock & roll fusion the band call folkabillyboogie, that’s far from disappointing.
Vicki said: “We’ve played several gigs already this year but Porthleven is really the start of our busy 2022 festival season, which include gigs at Glastonbury and Boardmasters. It’s doubly exciting to play at an event I help organise and I’ll make sure I save some energy from managing the Moors Field so I can let rip with the band on Sunday evening!”.
Last but not least, local favourites Go Go Skank will close the Festival, playing well-loved 80s tunes, chewed up and spat out in a Rockabilly Ska style.
Go Go Skank lead singer Spencer Hawes said: “We’re so proud to be playing Porthleven Food Festival again. We love living here and being part of this amazing community that supports its local musicians and food producers and is an inspiration for many that come to visit and be part of the village.”
This year’s evening music will take place in the main tent on the Harbour Head, which will be transformed from the Chef’s Theatre by day into an evening pub-style venue.
Food Festival Chairman Alec Short says: “This is one of the ways we’re making moves back to the original days of the Festival, bringing the main content back to the heart of the harbourside. We know locals loved it when the music was local bands in this tent and so that’s one of the bits of feedback we’ve listed to and made changes on. We’re supporting our local bands with a line-up that’s really going to bring the party – and it’s about time we had a party.”
This community run Festival is free to attend this year to keep it accessible to those who can’t afford it. We’re asking people who feel able to make a donation at the event, or on our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/porthlevenfoodfestival
There will be a £5 suggested donation on the door of the evening music events. The festival is a not-for-profit event and any profit will be donated back to local causes.