Falmouth Packet Write Up

Article written by Emma Ferguson at The Packet.

“Music festival Helstonbury has hit the highest note yet after raising £14,200 for local charities and causes – more than ever before in its 19th year.

Held as always at Helston’s Blue Anchor pub, it featured four days of live music from bands and musicians across Cornwall.

Organiser Paul Turton said: “A massive thank you to all the bands and artists.”

He also thanked everyone who helped, in particular Simon and Kim Stone of the Blue Anchor and their staff.

“It couldn’t have gone any better and here’s to the big 20 next year,” he said.

This year’s event kicked off on Thursday with Helstonbury Does Jazz, featuring Helston School Jazz Orchestra, before getting fully up and running on Friday with three stages, including the Helstonbury Introduced Stage featuring performers all under 18.

Saturday saw four stages in action: the Helstonbury Introduced Stage showcasing festival-grown performers past and present; the Acoustic Stage and the Cannon Stage; and the Al Rideout Stage in memory of the joint festival organiser who died last year, featuring the likes of funk band Shabby Chic perform, Cornish favourites High Voltage and Queen tribute band Good Old Fashioned Lover Boys to end the night.

Three of those stages were back for the fourth and final day on Sunday, also joined by the a capella stage in the front bar.

The day got underway with the Helstonbury Sunday Service at 11am, which has become an essential part of the event for many festival goers.

Featuring HMS Seahawk Military Band and Culdrose Military Wives Choir, the service was led by RNAS Culdrose chaplain Rev Janice Honey-Morgan, for which the encouraged dress code was summer frock and flowers for the ladies and hat and tie for the men.

Other acts to perform on Sunday included the Stone Roots, The Roosters and The Olives.

There was a particular emphasis on the festival becoming environmentally friendly in its 19th year – an effort which fronted by ‘Helstonbury Green Queen’ Holly Turton.

Waste was reduced by providing reusable, branded cups upon entry, alongside recyclable wristbands.

Additionally, this year’s Helstonbury t-shirts comprised of 100 per cent organic cotton and water-based inks, and biodegradable glitter was provided by Wild Glitter.

Since it was created by Paul Turton in 2001, to raise money for an electric wheelchair for Elizabeth Gwilliam, Helstonbury has continued to flourish and now supports various causes benefitting the local community.”

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