June 25, 2015
Sunday 21st June was our first Smoked and Uncut festival of 2015, and the second to be held at THE PIG-on the beach. With twice the festival goers and more food & drink stalls, this festival was set to be bigger and better than ever.
The sun gods took pity and despite threats of the cloudy outlook forecasted, the day was very hot and sunny. THE PIG-on the beach - situated along Studland Bay - offers a festival location with the most spectacular views. In one direction you have the beach and picturesque views of the yachts sailing into Poole harbour, and in the other an impressive view of Harry's Rock.
The day started nice and gently with London based Street Groove Section taking the stage. They were followed by The Jimmy Hillbilles who entertained the festival with their Rockabilly / Skiffle sound. Their unique take on the track Hey Boy, Hey Girl by The Chemical Brothers was particularly cool.
After those first two bands it was time for some food. With five food stalls, there was a mouth-watering selection to choose from whether it was a Wood-Fired Flatbread from the 'Wood Roasted' stall, a Pulled Purbeck Pork & Smoked Chase Vodka BBQ Sauce from the 'Burnt & Brutal' stall or for a lighter option Rosary Goats Cheese, Broad Beans, Peas, Garden Mint & Lemon Dressing from the 'Lean & Green' stall..
After this fulfilling foodie break Ryan O'Reilly hit the stage with soulful tunes about lost love; the perfect warm up for the very talented (and slightly louder) Jake Isaac. THE PIG-on the beach were delighted that Jake had time in his schedule to join us at the festival before he shoots of to join Ella Eyre on tour in London, Belfast and Dublin. You can listen to his brand new EP ‘Where We Belong’ which was released on Elton John’s Rocket Records earlier this year above.
Now for something to quench the thirst before critically acclaimed Lucy Rose took to the stage. Would it be a cocktail from the Chase Distillery Land Rover, a flute of Nyetimber Sparkling English Wine or a glass of THE PIG's very own PIG HUT wine, launched very recently in collaboration with Rhône winemaker Michel Chapoutier.
The melodic Lucy Rose (who has only recently been featured as BBC Radio 1's Track of the Day) got festival-goers on their feet and closed the festival in style. Lucy Rose has gradually become one of the most respected and influential of the new generation of UK artists and receive regular airplay across the major radio stations.
Roll on August when Smoked and Uncut takes over THE PIG-near Bath! And if you can't make that then there's also THE PIG, Brockenhurst in September. For more info head over to smokedanduncut.com.