Billed as Cornwall's first affordable Festival, Bangers and Mash Up returns for 2021 this month

Set up in July 2019, the festival brings the "wonder of an arts and music event to ‘one and all’ in the south west, for the affordable price of just £5 per day, per person, for a ticket.

Set on the United Downs Raceway, the stock car and banger car racing track in central Cornwall, from 15 – 17 October, ‘Bangers & Mash Up’, has been designed especially for the ordinary people of Cornwall by crew members from Shambala, Port Eliot, Glastonbury and Boomtown.

With finance from key backers such as the Arts Council, Cornwall Council Bangers & Mash Up is an independent event, with, it says, a mission to introduce a new ‘fairism into festivals.’

"Bangers & Mash Up is dedicated to putting the festival goer, and their festival experience, at the heart of everything, rather than squeezing them for every penny," say the organisers.

"Bringing fantastic art, music and workshops together in a beautiful, hidden corner of the Cornwall, this October Bangers & Mash Up will give everyone the opportunity to experience everything on offer, showcasing incredible local talent, without charging everyone a fortune.

"Locally sourced high quality food will be properly priced and a plethora of free workshops, run by local professionals, will be happening all weekend, meaning everyone has the chance to join in, gain new skills, and be inspired and awakened creatively."

Performers include From The Specials the Original Rude Boy Neville Staples, Tankus The Henge, The Good Old Fashioned Lover Boys,Three Daft Monkeys, Hanterhir, Night Motor, Du Glas, Dark Hoss, Hedluv and Passman, Oliver Goulding, Kyle Coleman and many more. There is even a "fabulous" fashion area the “Bangers and Mash Up wardrobe department”

Featuring a magical dressing up dome that houses thousands of garments for festival goers to take their pick of From hats and scarves to dresses and sparkly tops- so everyone can join in with the festival fashion- where anything goes.

The wardrobe department is introducing Robert George Sanders a fashion designer who’s work has featured in Vogue,the V&A,iD Also Upcycle Kernow who will weave their textile magic, creating installations and holding workshops.

Other artists include Lucy Grant who will be holding a children’s workshop using found materials.

Story Republic regaling audiences with wonderful poems and stories.

Airfish Circus local circus charity ‘Cirque Du Ciel’ (CdC) join forces at Bangers & Mash Up 2021 to bring all things circus to this year’s do.

Cornwall Neighborhood for Change (CN4C) will be bringing their activities to our Kids Corner which includes workshop art based activities and plenty of fun for all.

Bangers & Mash Up is the brainchild of ‘Binrat’ and ‘Niddy’, both regular and experienced artists and crew across a range of leading UK festivals from Glastonbury to Boomtown and from Shambala to Port Eliot.

Binrat says, “As artists at some of the UK’s most inspiring festivals and events, we get to experience all the wonder and we get to see hundreds of thousands of adults and kids feeling the deep joy, creativity and freedom of the UK’s most marvellous happenings.

"But then we come home to Cornwall, and all around us are friends and family who think we’re so lucky to have been able to have done this.

"They’re struggling to get by on low or minimum wages, and could never afford the time off, let alone the money, to go to any of these festivals.”

Niddy continues, “It’s not just the £165+ average cost of a ticket. It’s the extortionate prices for food, drink and other things once you get into the festival. So we’re determined to change that with Bangers & Mash Up.

"We are not bank rolled by investors, or mammoth grants. We’re working with much appreciated backers including Cornwall Council and the Arts Council and together, we’re building an amazing event for ordinary people, where the entry price doesn’t ‘reject’ those real, hardworking people and their families.

"The Cornish motto is ‘for one and all’ and that’s who Bangers & Mash Up is for.”

Tickets are available for each day of Bangers & Mash Up at £5 per adult or child over three years, www.bangersandmashup.org/buy-tickets/

The festival is at the United Downs Raceway on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th October2021.