2018 was Tropical Pressure’s 5th year and was blessed with tropical sunshine all weekend. So hot & bursting with colour and African beats it almost felt like we were sitting back in our homeland, South Africa. We love this festival so much and this year the organisers had gone over the top with an incredible mix of African, Caribbean and Latin American music plus so many new activities and workshops to enjoy.
The festival highlights a different culture for each of it’s three days featuring a Latin American day, a Caribbean day, and an African day. Musicians from around the world come to represent each culture on the gorgeous main stage and there are many other bands playing on the amphitheatre stage during the day where you can get a more personal experience. At night you can party into the early hours at a choice of venues; the Barns which were beautifully decorated with psychedelic flowers and jellyfish and a surprise venue which magically only appeared at night with incredible light projections.
The days were filled with fun activities for everyone : things like floral headdress making, flower-pressing, henna tattoo lessons, willow weaving, circus skills, making jewellery with copper wire. There were also dance classes, yoga classes and we enjoyed the morning foraging, fire breakfast workshop. It’s a totally family friendly festival, small enough for you not to lose your kids that easily with lots on to keep them occupied. The camping area is also very organised and neat with more than enough portaloos for everyone and they were kept very clean which is always a huge bonus at festivals.
The festival is filled with a variety of amazing food stalls and chefs providing top quality food from all corners of the globe. The food is entirely vegetarian, a lot of it is vegan and the range of delicious foods means you will have no shortage of choice
Tropical Pressure festival is all set in Porthtowan, Cornwall and held at Mount Pleasant Ecopark in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the north Cornish coast. The entire setup at the Ecopark is inspiring, the buildings are all built in natural sustainable materials, powered by solar panels and a wind turbine, set in 42 acres of organic farmland, they have planted 1000’s of trees and wildflower areas and grasslands, run community veggie gardens and host many other music sessions and craft workshops throughout the year. On top of this they put in a huge amount of effort creating tropical decor that makes the whole festival burst with colour all around. A big high five to Eco Park’s founder, creator, festival organiser Tim Stirrup who together with his fabulous team, brings together so many amazing people for a weekend of pure bliss.
My family and I and many of our friends can’t wait to return next year, but luckily there are plenty of music events throughout the year that we can enjoy at the Eco-park.