Review: Joss Stone, James Morrison, Pixie Lott, Frank Turner and more stormed Tunes in The Castle

Review: Joss Stone, James Morrison, Pixie Lott, Frank Turner and more stormed Tunes in The Castle

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Powderham Castle invited thousands through the gates to festival, dance and feast at Tunes in The Castle (3-4 August). This new two-day festival had camping, glamping, banquets and hot tubs, while household names took to the main stage across the weekend. We went, we saw, we listened and here’s our snap happy review!

Powerham Castle is not just a beautiful historical site, where deers run free and kids swing free in the play garden. It is also one of the South West's biggest outdoor music venues. In recent years, the Castle has hosted the BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend, where Coldplay and Mumford & Sons headlined, Lockdown Festival where Fatboy Slim and Dizzee Rascal headlined and, more recently, Noel Gallagher rocking up with a headline show.

This time around, the curators from Tunes on the Dunes and Tunes on the Sands stormed the castle bringing Joss Stone, Frank Turner, James Morrison, Pixie Lott, Scouting for Girls, The Skints, The Sugarhill Gang, Newton Faulkner and more with them. The modest festival was set up simply making it extremely easy to get around and safe enough to let the kids freely run around and have fun. There was entertainment, in-between the music, for everyone. Whether you wanted to test your aim with archery or relax in a hot tub looking over the deer in the fields or continue the party in the silent disco, they had you covered.

Pixie Lott at Tunes in the Castle  📷credit Josh Pratt

Pixie Lott at Tunes in the Castle
📷credit Josh Pratt

The Sugarhill Gang at Tunes in the Castle  📷credit Josh Pratt

The Sugarhill Gang at Tunes in the Castle
📷credit Josh Pratt

The Sugarhill Gang in the crowd at Tunes in the Castle 📷credit Josh Pratt

The Sugarhill Gang in the crowd at Tunes in the Castle 📷credit Josh Pratt

Scouting For Girls at Tunes in the Castle  📷credit Josh Pratt

Scouting For Girls at Tunes in the Castle
📷credit Josh Pratt

James Morrison at Tunes in the Castle  📷credit Josh Pratt

James Morrison at Tunes in the Castle
📷credit Josh Pratt

Joss Stone at Tunes in the Castle  📷credit Josh Pratt

Joss Stone at Tunes in the Castle
📷credit Josh Pratt

The line-up matched the festival's relaxed atmosphere, but that's not saying the crowd didn't know how to party. Scouting For Girls played their long list of ear worm hits that had the whole crowd jumping along in the Saturday sun. Hip-hop originators, The Sugarhill Gang, kept the energy going while giving us a masterclass on the genre. They then joined the crowd to watch James Morrison, whose incredible vocals and showmanship stood out. Pixie Lott's sing-a-long moments and new material saw us into the night. Joss Stone's stunning voice had us swaying our hands left-to-right. And that was just day one!

Newton Faulkner at Tunes in the Castle  📷credit Josh Pratt

Newton Faulkner at Tunes in the Castle
📷credit Josh Pratt

Frank Turner at Tunes in the Castle  📷credit Josh Pratt

Frank Turner at Tunes in the Castle
📷credit Josh Pratt

The Skints at Tunes in the Castle  📷credit Josh Pratt

The Skints at Tunes in the Castle
📷credit Josh Pratt

The grey skies didn't dampen the atmosphere on Sunday either, and the sun broke through while Newton Faulkner had the crowd laughing and singing along. The Skints high-energy ska and reggae style definitely warmed up the crowd for Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls headline set which got the crowd jumping once again.


Overall the festival's beautiful setting, accessible layout, and crowd-pleasing line-up made it a great new festival weekend in the South West. We can’t wait to see what’s next from the Tunes guys… they’ve done dunes, sand and a castle… on water or in the sky? Keep posted by checking out their website: https://tunesfestivals.com/

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