Port Eliot has announced the first shining array of artists that will bring the festival to life this summer.

Running from July 26-29, the festival takes residence on the park and woodlands of the ancient Port Eliot estate at St Germans on the Rame Peninsula in South East Cornwall.

It also finds its way into the historic house and into the oldest church in Cornwall. Tickets are yours to be had now at porteliotfestival.com/buy-tickets

There will be plenty more to come between now and July, but among the first artists confirmed include Gwenno,

Brett Anderson from cult rockers Suede and Baxter Dury who will headline the Caught by the River stage on Thursday, July 26, as part of its biggest opening day of music since the festival began.

Enduringly influential punk guitarist, writer and singer, Viv Albertine, Three lifelong gospel singers from the small town of Como, Mississippi, The Como Mamas.

Singer-songwriter, activist, author, commentator, newspaper columnist and now skiffle drum-beater Billy Bragg

rock ‘n’ roll rumble punksters Kitty, Daisy & Lewis.

Brixton-based chef whose restaurant and recent book Zoe Adjonyoh author of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen.

Screenwriter, film director and author Garth Jennings, best known for Sing (2016), Son of Rambow (2007) and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005).

Reni Eddo-Lodge – author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race which was voted non-fiction book of the year for 2017 by booksellers at Foyles and Blackwells.

This year, the festival will introduce the Fashion Foundation, headed by fashion writer and curator, NJ Stevenson.

Port Eliot is crafted with families in mind, so deep in a mysterious secret part of the woods, our younger visitors will be staging the festival of their lives. Wildlings Wood will be a pocket Port Eliot, where children take part, take to the stage and take over. Port Eliot School of Magic, the Workshop Barnlet, the Place of Cubs and the Wild Food School will all be found within.

This year the new Poetry Stage curated by Luke Wright and Rosy Carrick will be back with guests including Lyrical Mersey Sound poet Brian Patten and award winning poet Hollie McNish.

Among The Caught by the River line-up this year are Teleman, Nabihah Iqbal, Jim Ghedi, Andrew Weatherall, Hannah Peel, Dads on Drugs, Martha Sprackland, Confidence Man, Adelle Stripe, Will Burns and 77:78, each, in their own way, reflecting these healthy obsessions.

Chefs including Anna Jones, Jack Stein and Russell Norman will make the House’s Georgian Big Kitchen their own and head outside to the Open Fire to create flavours.

Other highlights include award-winning actress, Teri Hatcher, sharing her own experiences and the skills she has acquired and show how they transferred into her daily life. An accomplished chef, Teri will bring her accessible and insightful food ideas and recipes to the Big Kitchen on festival Saturday too.

The Ace of Clubs will explode with blues, soul, rock & roll, and, this year, flamenco shows, classical music and theatre but it will also emerge on to the festival park with midnight flying trapeze shows and workshops every day.

Next door, the Park hosts music and comedy, including Arthur Smith, Shappi Khorsandi, Kernow King, Tom Wrigglesworth and Tony Law; and down by the viaduct swagger into The Black Cow Saloon for foot stompin’, honky tonkin’, good time music.

The Idler Academy will provide gentle instruction and insight, including, but not limited to, top business tips from John Brown, publisher of Viz and an essential history of the harmonica.

Port Eliot Festival co-director, Louis Eliot, said, “This is just the start; an early smattering of the artists,

bands, wordsmiths, chefs, poets and uncategorisable characters that you already love or soon will. It’s

tricky to pick out personal highlights, but the prospect of seeing Brian Patten alongside Hollie McNish on

our poetry stage, in only its second year, is a great one. We are excited to announce the debut of the

Fashion Foundation, the pocket Port Eliot that is Wildlings Wood and the biggest opening day of music

since we began fifteen years ago. The build-up starts now – jump in, get planning and see you in Cornwall

in July.”