Lydia Spencer-Elliott reviews the Poltimore Festival launch event at Cavern last month, and anticipates the independent arts festival coming up this May.

On the 7th February Poltimore Festival burst back onto Exeter’s social scene with their jam packed launch party at Exeter’s edgiest venue, Cavern.

Bristol’s most up and coming musical selections had attendees dancing the night away. The event kicked off with the sounds of student art-rock band Psychopomp, followed by electric synth-pop art-rock band Pattern Pusher. Cousin Kula, a psychedelic pop band, closed the show with their infectious tunes which have been praised by the likes of NME.

The night didn’t stop there though. Don’t Walk Boogie DJs Matt Khoo, Jac Pepper and Robin C provided the funk, soul and disco vibes of the after party.

All these fantastic acts gave the audience a taster of the lineup for Poltimore Festival 2018, which will be announced at the end of this month.

As the biggest music and arts event in the county, Poltimore is Exeter’s very own Glastonbury. Founded in 2012 and re-branded by University of Exeter alumni Tristan Gatward, the festival supports independent creatives from the South West.

Following the launch party, what can you expect at the festival in May? As a music festival, secret cinema and cutting edge theatre venue, Poltimore Festival offers something for everyone. Expect spellbinding and locally sourced music, film, art and theater set in the picturesque grounds of heritage site Poltimore House.

Additionally, the festival is completely non-profit. All money made from ticket sales goes back into the festival itself or is generously donated to the restoration of Poltimore House project.

Incredible music, scenic location and all round good vibes. Get ready to buy your tickets at the end of this month, available from the Poltimore Festival website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.