First ever Gunton Festival of Food & Music proves a wild success

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis headlined the first ever Gunton Festival of Food & Music. Photo: Steve Angles

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis headlined the first ever Gunton Festival of Food & Music. Photo: Steve Anglesey - Credit: Archant

A music festival set at north Norfolk's 'rock and roll hunting lodge' looks set to return in 2018 after a wildly successful launch.

R&B siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis headlined the first Gunton Festival of Food & Music in front of an enthusiastic sell-out crowd of 650.

Now organisers hope to stage a slightly expanded event next year if art dealer host Ivor Braka gives the go-ahead.

Staged in the grounds of Braka's boutique pub and hotel The Gunton Arms, the festival showcased food by head chef Stuart Tattersall as well as music.

Instrument-swapping family band Kitty, Daisy & Lewis got the big top bouncing with songs from upcoming album Superscope, including the driving, T-Rexy rock of new single Down On Your Knees.

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Norwich's excellent Sink Ya Teeth also underlined their growing reputation with a thrilling and compelling set featuring first single If You See Me and new release Glass.

The post-punk duo's stripped-back sound - live bass, vocals and wonky, jabbing keyboards over Giorgio Moroder drum patterns - also featured hugely danceable tracks Shut Me All Down and Freak To Kick.

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Sink Ya Teeth stood out in a day dominated by R&B and attended by a diverse audience of locals, families and jiving rock and roll revivalists, undeterred by local rail problems and a thunderstorm.

Norwich acts 4D Jones and The Vagaband also impressed, while The Black Kat Boppers delivered straight-up rockabilly with stand-up bass and Link Wray riffs, including a storming version of Vince Taylor classic Brand New Cadillac, once covered by The Clash.

Food included venison burgers sourced from the pub's rolling 1,000-acre deer park as well as crab and seaweed pizza.

In a welcome take on the usual festival experience, attendees also got to use the pub's splendid facilities, including a huge log fire in the dining room, and take in highlights from Braka's art collection, which features Tracey Emin neons, butterfly paintings by Damien Hirst and Gilbert and George prints.

There is even a print of David Bailey's photo of the Kray brothers in the gents - you don't get that at Glastonbury.

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