Melanie Xulu heads to Cornwall’s Knee Deep Festival for a weekend of music, yoga and cream teas.
Hidden away in a ‘secret location’ near Saltash, with just two stages, a few tents, and a small bunch of food and drink vans, Knee Deep Festival doesn’t fail to charm its festival-goers.
As small as it is, Knee Deep had endless amounts of fun, quirky activities, and stalls for people to take part in, including an outdoor cinema, yoga & tai-chi classes, a pasty-crimping workshop, and the independent marketplace which sold homemade arts & crafts, as well as reasonably priced vintage clothing and accessories.
On Friday, many brilliant bands and artists took to both stages. At 7.30pm, six-piece Norwegian band Team Me caught the attention of many people with their catchy indie-pop tunes. Later on, the wonderfully wacky Flamingods, dressed in matching robes, dominated the stage with their unusual mix of world music meets psychedelia. London-trio, Beaty Heart, joined their good friends Flamingods on stage which resulted in a wonderfully energetic performance and got the crowd dancing.
Headliners Glass Animals played a magical set; the rain, the wind, and the great lighting made it even more enchanting.
To end Friday off, many people made their way to the ‘Jam Tent’, a small tent with a number of talented DJ’s where you can go and dance or relax on the sofas and hay bales around the edge of the tent. It was absolutely packed after Glass Animals, and many people danced until the early hours of the morning.
Saturday morning started off with tea and scones in the ‘tea tent’ which served everything from full-English breakfasts to homemade scones and cakes. There was also a yoga & tai-chi class, I didn’t join in with the yoga myself however from what I saw (a large row of people in funny positions) it certainly looked interesting. The weather was gorgeous, the sun was shining, and many people spent the morning lounging in the sun.
Before the music started, I bumped into musician and Saturday headliner Patrick Wolf who was to play on Stage A at 9pm. He said his set was going to be particularly “dreamy”.
To set the evening off, Welsh psychedelic pop group Islet played an incredible, energetic set. They formed a wonderful relationship with the audience, occasionally jumping into the crowd and dancing.
At 9pm, Patrick Wolf, appeared on stage. He talked about his love for Cornwall and interacted with the crowd brilliantly, telling jokes and stories. In many ways there was more talk than music and he only played two or three full songs during the hour-long set. Other songs were sung but finished abruptly half way through and were never continued. This might have had something to do with the cup of whiskey placed beside him. Nonetheless, his performance was wonderful and certainly “dreamy” whilst he played his viola, harp, and piano to an adoring audience.
I think that Knee Deep Festival 2014 was a brilliant event. There was a wonderful friendly atmosphere, a wide genre of different music, and a great variety of activities to take part in. I would most definitely go again and it was suitable for everybody. It was family friendly with fun activities for children such as face painting, yet it was also great for young people and adults. As well as this, the ticket price was well worth it for the quality of musicians that performed at Knee Deep festival.