Purse-friendly festival is a must
Review by Charlotte Lowe
TIE-DYE, crumpets and home-grown talent – Kneedeep Festival is a hipster's paradise.
Buy one get one free on main course and specials excludes fillet steaks and beef Wellington
Must book to qualify 01209 860332 and present voucher on arrival
Mon- Thur 6-9pm
Contact: 01209 700617
Valid until: Saturday, December 21 2013
Rows of bunting and fairy lights lead to a secret, rural location near Saltash, which hosts perhaps the trendiest festival in Cornwall, attracting 800 people this year.
The wholesome celebration of local music, food and cider, was the acorn of a group of 20-something geniuses, who first held it on one of their parents' farms four years ago.
It is best described as the younger, more indie brother of Bestival, with a bushier beard.
But boutique festivals have always been more my cup of tea than the ferocious crowds and putrid toilets of Glastonbury or V Festival – so perhaps I'm biased.
The frills included a craft tent, vintage clothing marquee, bean bags, wishing tree and even a walk-in kaleidoscope – all within a three-minute walk of the campsite.
And as well as homespun Cornish bands, performers travelled from as far away as Sheffield, America and even New Zealand.
The musical highlight for me was beardy, energetic band Tall Ships – very much Biffy Clyro's gruff rock meets Bloc Party's electro beat.
Their stage presence was much more engaging than some of the other smaller bands, whose nonchalant demeanour sometimes came across as a bit too cool for school and I lost interest.
In the daylight hours, Black Tambourines serenaded the crowds of high-waisted Levi hot pants with their blend of upbeat and organic melodies.
On the smaller and more intimate of the two stages, I was well and truly wooed by the female singer of Big Deal – a terribly trendy, peppy and emotionally charged group.
Aside from the music and the attention to detail, the best thing about Kneedeep was its purse-friendly motto. A weekend camping ticket was a humble £31 - with £1 of that going to charity.
Once inside, you could score a gigantic burger for a measly £3, beer for £2.50 and a hangover-busting full English breakfast for £3.50.
So for those wanting a more intimate festival which celebrates life's simple pleasures, Kneedeep is right on your doorstep.