IN what seems like an ever-divided world, we need events like Tropical Pressure.

Now in its sixth year, having started as a gathering of 800 people at Mount Pleasant Eco Park at Porthtowan by its founder Tim Stirrup, it's grown into a great little festival.

It's a celebration of the universal languages of music and love, not wishing to get too schmaltzy on you.

But those were certainly the overarching themes of the weekend.

Every act that took to the stage reinforced that message and that atmosphere and the crowd responded.

There aren't many festivals where lots of people are on their feet dancing at 3pm, but at Tropical Pressure they were in spades – from toddlers to pensioners.

There were three distinct musical themes across the days – Friday was Latino, Saturday African and Sunday Caribbean.

With Cornwall doing its bit on the weather front and the backdrop of Porthtowan and the blue sea behind the main arena, it all came together nicely.

There's very much – as you'd probably expect at this venue – a sustainable, love-the-planet thing going on, too.

Among the initiatives, aside from being single-use plastic free, was a mug tree where you could borrow a vessel for your drink, a clothes swap and the chance to create festival souvenirs with your own garments, rather than buying new ones.

There was also yoga, upcycling workshops, pottery, circus skills, storytelling for the kids and much more besides.

All of the food offerings were vegetarian or vegan, too.

And, as a bona fide meat eater, that wasn't a problem at all, with plenty on offer from pizza to Indian to Caribbean grub.

The atmosphere was one of relaxation and enjoyment, everyone was simply having a good time.

Having no mainstream 'big name' acts in the manner of more traditional festivals is really actually quite liberating.

Rather than planning your itinerary to make sure you don't miss your favourites, you can simply kick back and enjoy whatever's in front of you and that all added to the great feel to this event for me.

Add to that the fact that the toilets were clean all weekend and that you never had to wait more than a minute or two at the bar and it means that Tropical Pressure deserves its place among the great summer festivals in Cornwall.