Exclusives: Eliza Doolittle on her Harvest at Jimmy’s hopes

Three acts at this weekend’s Harvest at Jimmy’s also appear in a new book in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Entertainment writer WAYNE SAVAGE got an exclusive peak at their shots while reporter TOM POTTER got an exclusive chat with one of the “models”, Eliza Doolittle.

When it comes to why she chose to play Harvest, Eliza’s answer mirrors that of the other acts.

“I love the idea of food and music coming together at one big festival and I want a chance to hang out with peacocks and the sheep that wander about at Jimmy’s Farm,” said the 23-year-old Pack Up singer.

She promised to sing her heart out and put on a good show when she performs at the farm in Wherstead, near Ipswich, this Saturday.

As rituals and rider requests before going on stage go, Eliza is pretty easy going it turns out.

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“I’m not really superstitious, but I do like to get together with my boys in the band before we go on stage to get hyped up. On my rider I have honey, Coco Pops, dates, peanut butter, a loaf... all sorts.”

It’ll be her first visit to Suffolk and she hopes to venture outside the site for a look around the country.

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“If I have time then I’d really like to. I love just getting out of the city and being able to see nothing but green for miles; it clears your mind.”

Eliza’s playing a lot of festivals this summer but is also heading back to the studio to start writing some new material, as well as promoting her album worldwide.

On the subject of gigs though, what festival would she most like to headline? More importantly who would she want sharing the bill?

“It’s got to be Glastonbury, just because it’s the festival to beat all festivals, apart from Harvest obviously. Maybe Burning Man would be a cool one to do as well.

“If I could choose absolutely anyone I think I’d go for Stevie Wonder and Prince.”

Looking at the exclusive shots of Eliza Doolittle, The Kooks and The Feeling which all feature in Patrice de Villiers’ new book Love Music, Love Food, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust it seems baked beans, lamb and pie and mash are the food of pop kings and queens.

She shot a range of music stars with their favourite foods for the book, available at www.teenagecancertrustshop.org/lovemusiclove food and other retailers.

Born in London and with a degree in photography from Manchester University, Patrice has developed her own style and approach to food photography, which is in demand worldwide.

Her impressive list of clients range from Selfridges and fine art commissions for state-of-the-art Las Vegas hotels to shooting racing drivers’ breakfasts for Toyota F1 magazine and Harper’s Bazaar.

Love Music Love Food is her passion, bringing her skills in the world of food photography to the world of music and vice versa and bringing her full circle to when she photographed bands in Manchester.

n Harvest at Jimmy’s, also featuring music from Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Devine Comedy, Turin Brakes, Giles Peterson, Charlie Simpson, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Alice Gold, Various Cruelties, Tom Odell, Tommy Reilly and Communion and a host of top chefs runs from September 9-12.

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