With only one month to go until Boardmasters returns to the North Cornwall coast the excitement is mounting. Headline acts Chase & Status, Snoop Dogg and Bastille will take to the main stage at Watergate Bay over the weekend of 7-10 August.
We’ve already ran you through the line-up on the main stage, but away from the main stage there is so much going on!
Hosting the majority of music acts, Watergate Bay is the main music arena for the Boardmasters weekend. We’re going to run you through each stage bar the main stage.
To the right of the main stage (as you look at the map) is the Unleashed tent. Bass warriors listen up! The Unleashed stage is the place to go to lose yourself in some heavy beats. This year sees Duke Dumont, Shy FX and Wilkinson take to the stage.
Directly opposite the Main Stage is the Mavericks Tent. As the name suggest, things can get pretty heavy at Mavericks! It’s the place to be if you’re up for a hefty serving of indie and alt rock bands. Reel Big Fish take the headlining spot with Palma Violets, Big Deal and Dead Kennedys also playing.
Keg & Pasty
Keg & Pasty, est’d in the early 1300’s, is a classic Cornish pub which has seen all sorts at Watergate Bay. Pull up a barrel in the same beer garden that pirates, smugglers, miners and surfers have made their second home for hundreds of years. The Keg is right at the centre of all things pub banter and stand-up comedy at Boardmasters.
It wouldn’t be Boardmasters without The View. Lean back on a hay bail and take in the acoustic sounds against the sweetest backdrop in Britain; stare out over the Atlantic, watch the waves and relax. Scott Matthews, Emily & The Woods and John J Presley are just a few of the names taking to The View.
Bringing you chilled beats during the day and taking it up a few gears by night, The Point is one of the most popular stages at Boardmasters. Ben Pearce takes top billing but other acts such DJ Ez Roska, Blonde and Billon will be hitting the decks.
Elsewhere on the Watergate Bay site.
Fair ground rides, shops, food vans, creature comforts, phone charging and even massages are available throughout the weekend.
As if all of that wasn’t enough there is a whole host of surf action happening over at Fistral, the home of British surfing.
Fistral is the home for British surfing so from 6 – 10 August ditch your shoes and wander onto the sand to watch some of the most stylish pro and local surfers compete for the Boardmasters crown. entrants will be competing in one of six categories.
But it’s not just the pro’s who get to have all the fun in the water, surf lessons and packages are available for fresh-faced groms right through to intermediates. Or if you’d rather rent a board and wetsuit, bring some ID as a deposit and play in the peaks.
Skate & BMX
According to Boardmasters, skating only exists because surfers couldn’t live without board riding when the waves were down. And BMXers are just gnarly. Skate and BMX competitions will take place throughout the week on purpose-built ramps on the edge of Fistral. Come down and get behind the UK’s best as they carve the wooden waves.
Pro Skate and BMX Comps
Public Open Sessions – apply here
A talked about highlight of the Boardmasters week are the Beach Sessions. A series of intimate evening gigs in the beach bar at Fistral. There is a capped entry of a few hundred so this is your chance to be up-close and personal with the artists. you can buy tickets here.
Wednesday Beach sessions
Thursday Beach Sessions
Thomas J Speight
The Boardmasters after parties keep your party vibing deep into the small hours of the morning. Keep your eyes peeled for details released on the Boardmasters website.
And in the small print.
Nestled into the fields at Watergate Bay is a tailor made Boardmasters campsite, less than a five minute walk to the main arena and a further 5 minutes to the beach.
Campsite opens: 9am – 11pm Friday 8 to Sunday 10
Campsite shuts: 2pm on Monday 11
Early entry campers may enter the campsite between 4pm and 11pm on Thursday 7.
You must purchase a car park pass before hand. The car park at Watergate Bay will open from 4pm on Thursday 7 August and close at 2pm on Monday 11 August.
A shuttle bus service between Watergate Bay and Newquay town centre will run between these times.
Thursday 7: 15:00 – 04.30
Friday 8: 08.00 – 04.30
Saturday 9: 08.00 – 04.30
Sunday 10: 08.00 – 04.30
Monday 11: 08.00 – 15:00
What to bring.
– Sun tan lotion!
– Sleeping bag
– Cash (cash machines are available inside the arena)
– Wellingtons (just in case!)
– Mobile phone (a ‘temporary’ phone would be advisable in case of damage and loss)
– Warm clothes
For any other queries see the FAQ page.