Sir Tom Jones has been announced as the first headliner at a new series of one-off concerts at a 10,000-capacity venue in Cornwall.
Tunes In The Park kicks off in the grounds of Port Eliot estate at St Germans with a performance from the Welsh legend on June 22. The show will be followed by two huge bands, to be announced soon, later in the summer.
This is a new venture from the team behind Perranporth’s Tunes In The Dunes and Bands In The Sands, and Devon’s Tunes On The Sands.
A spokesperson for the event said: “We are extremely excited to be bringing live music to the beautiful and magical grounds of Port Eliot estate over the summer, with the Tunes In The Park opener being musical legend Sir Tom Jones on June 22, with more exciting artists to be announced over the coming days.”
The estate was previously home to Port Eliot Festival, which last took place in 2019, and the infamous Elephant Fayre, which ran from 1980 to 86 and featured the likes of Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, The Fall and Killing Joke.
Tunes In The Dunes returns to Perran beach on June 24 to 26 with a line-up which includes Shaggy, The Kooks, The Coral and a couple more big names to be revealed soon. Tunes On The Sands, is back at Blackpool Sands, Devon, on July 8 to 10.
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A spokesperson for the Tunes group said: “We’ve always had the appetite to put on big artists and struggled to compete with the likes of the Eden Sessions because of capacity. We are delighted to work with a bigger venue like Port Eliot to bring huge acts to a picturesque venue in Cornwall. If these shows go well, it will become an annual event.”
Like other festivals, Tunes In The Dunes was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid. It led to complaints from customers who were waiting for refunds for that event as well as those who asked for their money back when last year’s headliner Richard Ashcroft was forced to cancel after he tested positive for the virus.
The Tunes spokesperson told CornwallLive that the organisation had stopped using the national ticketing company, which oversaw those shows, and had now brought all ticketing back in-house.
“We have a dedicated member of staff dealing with the refunds and we believe we have been able to pay most people back now. However, if anyone still needs a refund we’d ask them to email email@example.com”
To catch Sir Tom at Port Eliot estate you can sign up to get priority tickets at https://tunesfestivals.com/. Priority tickets will go on sale at 9am on Wednesday (March 2) with general sale tickets going live at 5pm on the same day.
You can keep up to date with the new event on Instagram @TunesinthePark and Facebook at Tunesinthepark