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SOMERSAULT FESTIVAL: Full lineup of activities, food and music announced

By NDJJournal2  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

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NEW music festival Somersault has announced a full programme of activities for the five-day summer camp, headlined by Jack Johnson and Ben Howard. It includes everything from live theatre to surfing courses and trapeze yoga.

Communion Music – the label and promotions company founded by Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett, Bear’s Den's Kev Jones and producer Ian Grimble, and home to headliner Ben Howard – will host Somersault’s second stage.

Nestled beside the river that runs through the Castle Hill site, it will include a canvas-tented whiskey and ale bar, a dining area serving ribs and smoked meats, a record store and more. It will offer everything from live music to late night guest DJs.

As well as a late night offering from Communion Music, revellers who want to carry on into the night can enjoy late night Forest Parties. Tucked into a glade across the river from the arena and enclosed by ancient trees, this will be an area that combines the natural beauty of the site with one of the best party and club teams in the South West.

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Campfire Feasts will form the centre piece of the food offering at Somersault, available at dinner time on Thursday and for lunch and dinner Friday to Sunday (Campfire Feasts will be ticketed separately). The Campfire Feasts will be four courses and provided by a different restaurant each day. Fifteen Cornwall, Nathan Outlaw, Pitt Cue Co and The Ethicurean will be cooking up a storm on the Somersault campfire each bringing their own unique flavour to North Devon.

“Were super excited about doing a campfire feast at Somersault,” said Tom Adams, head chef at Pitt Cue Co. “The whole ethos of the event is fantastic and despite the fact we have been farming pigs in Cornwall and sourcing almost all our produce from in and around the farm we have never actually done any event in the South West so that desperately needs changing! The campfire feasts seem like the perfect showcase for all the incredible produce and farming to be found in the South West and we hope we can help do that in some way.”

Alongside the campfire feasts there will be a variety of other food and drink options. Fashion designer and vintage fanatic Pearl Lowe hosts a gypsy tea party with fortunetellers, psychics and a dressing up theme. As well as Pearl’s vintage stall, Frome’s Lark Vintage will be on site with a range of frocks, suits, jewellery for men, women and children. During a tea of sandwiches, cakes and scones folk punk Cornish band Crowns will play an acoustic set which will be followed by a vintage fashion show compered by Pearl Lowe.

“There is a very nostalgic feel to Somersault, it reminds me of childhood summer holidays with trips to the beach and cooking over campfires,” said Pearl. “I am really looking forward to being involved.”

There is also a pop-up pub on site serving craft ales and ciders, home-cooked and locally sourced food.

A whole host of Wild Wellbeing will be on offer. The curative quarter at Somersault includes a tented retreat and commune of calm. A variety of skilled therapists from Devon and beyond, yoga teachers from YeoTown and London, fitness gurus and freelance complementary therapists will be providing a plethora of options. These will include yoga workshops, wild fitness and barefoot runs, facials and massages and a juice and herbal tea bar.

A wide variety of Exmoor Excursions and Seaside Trips will be on offer at Somersault giving festival goers the opportunity to enjoy a packed itinerary. Options include surfing, coasteering, paddleboarding and coastal rafting with Croyde Surf School; canoeing, rock climbing and mountain biking with Exmoor Adventures; power kiting with Kitemare and Team Players as well as falconry.

Seaside Trips and Exmoor Excursions will only be available to people who have bought Long Weekend tickets – not Single Day ticket holders (including those who have bought an Overnight Camping option) – and all of the trips and excursions will leave the campsite at fixed times. Excursions and trips are ticketed separately.

Embracing the essence of Somersault, the Kids Camp area hopes to set children’s imaginations wild with a host of fun and creative activities and performances.

Daytimes will be filled with arts and crafts, interactive installations, wildlife walks, face painting, fancy dress and lots more. As night falls there will be campfire songs and storytelling. It’s not just little ones who can get involved with arts and crafts. Everyone can take part in an afternoon of sculpture, a chat-while-you-knit tea party or a sawdust-filled afternoon of camp building. With everything from pottery to photography, traditional printmaking to experimental painting – and more being announced every day – Somersault has something to tempt every budding talent.

The full music line-up includes:


Jack Johnson, Amadou & Mariam, Bombino, Neil Halstead, Nick Mulvey, Crowns.

Sunday: Ben Howard, Half Moon Run, Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Hiss Golden Messenger.

Somersault’s charity partner is Surfers Against Sewage.

The festival runs from Thursday, July 17 to Monday, July 21. Saturday day tickets are now sold out. Buy Sunday day tickets and five-day passes here: http://somersaultfestival.com.

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