Come summertime, it seems that Cornwall hosts a different festival almost every weekend. In 2015, there’s something for all tastes of music, including Boardmasters, Eden Sessions and small up-and-coming festivals in a field. Which are you going to this year?
April-October – Lusty Glaze Beach
The summer according to Lusty Glaze’s Sundowner Sessions is about endless evenings, relaxation and music. Ticketed evenings will see Ruarri Joseph, Xavier Rudd and the John Butler Trio take to the stage, but free sessions take place on many nights of the year, so be sure to check out what’s on. The beach is your dancefloor and the sunset is your backdrop.
GWR Polo on the Beach
27 June – Watergate Bay
This years Polo on the Beach is a three day festival of polo and beach entertainment. On the Saturday evening the beach will play host to the first ever polo beach party straight after the main Watergate Bay polo match and player presentations. Live bands including DUKE will rock the stage kicking off our pitch-side party, followed up by international DJ Krystal Roxx who will play a follow up set as the the sun goes down. Buy tickets online for £20pp.
June and July – Eden Project, St Austell
Arguably one of the most unique venues in the country, the lit-up biomes of the Eden Project always attract worldwide stars onto the Cornish stage. Elton John is this year’s sell-out performer – his first gig in Cornwall in more than 30 years. Paolo Nutini, Motorhead and Ben Howard are also confirmed to play, although tickets might be hard to come by.
Rock Oyster Festival
11 July – near Wadebridge
Cornwall’s festival for foodies, held on the banks of the picturesque Camel Estuary. An array of Cornish fayre – and not a burger in sight – should keep you full up all weekend; oysters, fish curry, pulled pork, St Moritz mussels, gourmet bangers, artisan breads and amazing wood fired pizzas. Meanwhile, the Food Academy will be foraging a feast. There’s music too and lots of fun activities to the keep the kids happy.
23-27 July – Castle Hill, North Devon
Five days of stripped-back happiness full of music, adventures and the best of outdoor living, Somersault is back in 2015 after a sell-out debut last summer. We’re excited to see headliners Laura Marling, Bombay Bicycle Club, Crystal Fighters and up and coming Benjamin Clementine. It’s easy to forget that there’s heaps of other things happening, with seaside escapades, field trips, trekking, mountain biking, horse riding, surfing, craft and culture, wellbeing and yoga and other excursions taking place throughout the weekend.
Port Eliot Festival
30 July-2 August – St Germans
Port Elliot is high on a different kind of buzz – an annual celebration of words, music, imagination, ideas, nature, food, fashion, flowers, laughter, exploration and fun. The eccentric nature of the festival is a reflection of the St Germans estate it is held on. On the music front this year are psych-bands Archie Bronson Outfit, Stealing Sheep and Matthew and Me, while other happenings include talks between artist Kurt Jackson and the executive director of Greenpeace John Sauven, and words from Patrick Barkham.
5-9 August – Newquay and Watergate Bay
Cornwall’s biggest surf and music festival returns for week-long celebration of beach-side living. Faithless (“I can’t get no sleep”), Rudimental, Bastille and Clean Bandit have already been confirmed. We’ll be making sure we catch Latin-style finger picking guitar player Nick Mulvey and off-the-wall band Everything Everything at the main Watergate Bay stage, but The Beach Sessions during the week at Fistral are always good too.
The Little Orchard – Cyder and Music Festival
11-13 September – Penhallow
A small but perfectly formed family festival with delicious bands and even more delicious cider. This year there’s three days of festivities including sea shanties, a huge selection of world class bands and musicians, tractor rides and good grub. Head to the BBC Introducing stage for the next big things in music.
Looe Music Festival
The last of the summer’s festivals in a dramatic location. For three days in September the little town of Looe in South East Cornwall gets hit with big music, manic entertainment and a smattering of culture for good measure. The Proclaimers, Bad Manners, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Mad Dog Mcrea are part of the 90 bands that will play on five stages over the weekend.