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Mildred Maude are a three-piece from Cornwall who are named after one of the member’s grandmas. Their music straddles the line between beauty and chaos, sedate sounds and noise, Slowdive and Sonic Youth. Their second LP ‘Accelerator’ is also built on influences such as Stereolab, Can and My Bloody Valentine. 

Three seemingly disparate characters Matt Ashdown (guitar), Lee Wade (bass) and Louie Newlands (drums) – Mildred Maude are named after one of their grandmas and play an improvised noise that always seems to be teetering on the edge of chaos, but something incredibly beautiful at the same time, like a cross between Sonic Youth and Slowdive. It is utterly thrilling.

Sleepover” is their second album and bears the influence of Stereolab, Can, Butthole Surfers, Yo La Tengo and Sun Ra, among others, with three of its four tracks being over 10 minutes in length. ‘Trevena’ is the loping opener; ‘Elliott’s Floor’ initially turned into My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Only Shallow’ by mistake and on the vinyl version it never ends, thanks to a locked groove; ‘Glen Plays Moses’ crosses a Red Sea of sound and is just epic in every way.

The odd one out is ‘Chemo Brain’ – just under three minutes of Fugazi-esque frenzy, named after a side-effect of bassist Lee’s cancer treatment. The album artwork is also inspired by this – it’s a molecular model of cyclophosphamide, one of the drugs he was given. Mildred Maude’s DIY approach has been the only way for them to get anywhere in Cornwall, where they say they feel more in tune with Aphex Twin, Luke Vibert and the Rephlex Records crowd from the 1990s than any current scene.

They do, however, unintentionally have something in common with the medieval Miracle Plays that would take place in the Duchy. “They were notoriously noisy to attract people to them,” explains guitarist Matt, “but were also events that brought communities together, and we like our live shows to have a sense of togetherness.” Matt says he is also inspired by historic places of worship. “There are some great places in Cornwall such as St Just Church and the open air Gwennap Pit in Redruth. It’s these beautiful spaces that I try to imagine we’re in when we’re playing live – so it’s fitting that we’re releasing this new album on Sonic Cathedral.”


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The news is finally in! We’re very pleased to reveal the first wave of acts and artists that will be heading to Cornwall for this year’s festival.

There are many more to be announced over the coming weeks and months, but the first of the bunch include beloved singer-songwriter Nick Lowe; Kate Stables’s highly acclaimed This Is The Kit; Booker Prize-shortlisted novelist Michèle Roberts; best-selling food writer and chef Gizzi Erskine; and Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston’s cosmic combination A Love from Outer Space.

It’s been 50 years since the original Summer of Love, and we think it’s fair to say that right now, we could all do with another! We’ll be celebrating its 50th anniversary at the festival, and our beautiful new artwork is a signal of things to come. It was created especially for us by celebrated ’60s countercultural artist and designer Nigel Waymouth, who founded the enduringly influential Kings Road boutique, Granny Takes a Trip.

In Nigel Waymouth’s words: “I’m very happy and honoured to have been asked to design the graphic artwork for the festival. Port Eliot has a special quality to it. It’s very intimate in its friendliness. I’m very much hoping to be there this year, the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and maybe give another talk about that time.”

We’ll be revealing plenty more about our #SummerofLove at #PortEliot2017 in the coming weeks.

Port Eliot Festival

Our music line-up has been carefully selected to provide the perfect soundtrack to the festival. As the tempo of the festival waxes and wanes over the weekend, so too does the music, as we run the gamut of genres – from chilled out folk and ambient electronica to foot stompin’ honky tonk and floor filling party starters.

Featuring Andrew Weatherall, Erol Alkan, Beth Orton, NZCA Lines, Sam Lee & Friends, Bo Ningen, Adam Green, Night Beats, Bill Ryder Jones, Gwenno, Sidestepper, Imarhan and many more.

Words have always been at the heart of Port Eliot and this year we scale new heights. We’ll explore the theme of words through an illustrious line-up of writers, thinkers and performers as they pair up to chew the fat.

Noel Fielding will be in conversation with Whithnail & I writer and director Bruce Robinson; Dawn French will be interviewed by Miranda Sawyer; Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon will discuss her work with Jamie Brisick; Gloria Steinem will recall her life on the road with our founder Cathy St Germans; Isy Suttie will interview Sara Pascoe about her book Animal; Michael Morpurgo will reveal the inspiration behind his best selling novels to Chris Cleave, and Jesse Armstrong (creator of Peep Show and The Thick of It) will be in conversation with fellow comedy writer and Emmy Award winner David Quantick.

This year’s comedy line-up is side splittingly good with Sara Pascoe, Isy Suttie, Mitch Benn, James Acaster, Jeremy Hardy, Kernow King, Tony Law, Mik Artistik, Murray Lachlan-Young and Henry Normal adding a little hilarity to the festival.


“It’s like falling from the sky into a magic garden where you will be constantly surprised and delighted; where you can drink, dance, discuss, dress up, camp, explore, get lost, fall asleep under the stars to the sound of Andrew Weatherall, and wake up to the ringing of church bells.”

Port Eliot is a festival unlike any other. When you come to Port Eliot, we welcome you as our guests. Our home is your playground for one magical weekend and nothing makes us happier than seeing you explore the Estate. Whether you’re swimming in the estuary, picnicking under a 300 year old tree, rocking out at the Park Stage, canoeing on the river, catching an intimate gig in the church, watching a cooking demo in the Big Kitchen or dancing ‘till the wee hours in the Boogie Round – our home is yours for the weekend.

We invite you to our little corner of Cornwall from July 28th to July 31st when we’ll celebrate words, music, imagination, ideas, nature, food, fashion, flowers, laughter, exploration, fun and all that is good in the world!

We look forward to welcoming you to Port Eliot.




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It might be March but we’ve decided it’s definitely not too late to launch our 2015 singles club – The Handcut Record Club.

We’re kicking things off with a new track from The Red Cords, ramshackle, roof raising, garage pop from Cornwall. ‘Scratch it Off’ takes all the promise they exhibited in their first two EP’s and solidifies it into one of the best sub 3 minute pieces of shout-a-long surf rock you’ll hear this side of the summer.