The sun came out for us on Sunday in St. Germans and created a lovely vibe all over the festival (in a way that only sunny days in England can). Offspringette and I near on stalked Anna Sui before her talk in the Flower Show - which, annoyingly was then moved to 5pm, to stand in for Anna Pavord who had broken her ankle prior to the weekend. Having to make the crucial decision to opt for Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service over Anna Sui was a toughie but I’m certainly glad we made it.
Jarvis Cocker was at complete ease on stage, although he shared with the audience that it was his first live radio broadcast - both with or without an audience, so for that alone it was worth being a part of it. He started off with the perfectly apt ‘Read It In Books’ by Echo and The Bunnymen, and through sticking to his usual features he took us through ‘On This Day’ and a selection of entertaining interviews with performers from the festival, including Marcus Coates, Chris Watson, Wilko Johnson and Bill Drummond. Sprinkled in between these often unpredictable interviews (Wilko!), Jarvis played tracks related to the ‘On This Day’ theme - it’d been 40 years since Bob Dylan’s decision to ‘go electric’, which apparently had incited a riot at the time. However, it did not incite a riot at Port Eliot - even after we were played Acoustic Dylan followed by Electric Dylan.
One of the highlights of Jarvis’ set, was a live performance from a strange apparently-inspired-by-medieval-England three piece Princes In The Tower - quirky music and outfits that would put even Offspringette and I on a level with Anna Sui.
Having to tear ourselves away from the Sunday Service was painful, we were however, completely compensated by The Leisure Society who worked especially hard to make our afternoon enjoyable. It was indie folk to dance for, and I was especially impressed by the multi talented violin/ukulele/tambourine player, and the flute/ukulele/guitar player - this section of the band really added depth, and were astonishing in the fluidity of their instrument changing!
After a quick Noodle Bar visit, it was back off to meet Dovegreyreader and to be roped into designing our own book covers, I’m pretty confident that Offspringette’s creative abilities shone through here, but you decide for yourselves: