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Muddy’s 2022 Festival Guide: Cornwall & beyond

Are you ready to make some noise?! From beach parties to thumping chart-toppers and literary affairs, these are the festivals you need to know about this summer.

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Penzance Arts Festival, 3 – 19 June

Celebrate Penzance as one of the most vibrant and innovative artistic towns in the country with exhibitions and events relating to 1000 of its local artists with creative art exhibitions, workshops, pop up galleries, talks and lectures and its famous Art Trail..

Many of the town’s museums, galleries and art communities are taking part including the EXCHANGE, Penlee House, Newlyn Art Gallery, Morrab Library, The Newlyn School of Art, Newlyn Society of Artists, Penzance Studios, Newlyn Filmhouse, Space for you and the Arts Society of West Cornwall.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Eden Sessions, Eden Project, 15 June

This will be Noel’s second appearance at Eden, following a landmark show with Oasis in 2009. He was the main songwriter, lead guitarist and occasional lead vocalist for what became one of the biggest bands ever to emerge from the UK.

Nine Inch Nails, The Eden Sessions, Eden Project, 17 – 18 June

In what promises to be one of the live highlights of the year, Nine Inch Nails have announced their first UK headline dates in four years. Known for their mesmerising shows, the band will play two very special Eden Sessions on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June 2022.

Pete Tong and The Heritage Orchestra, The Wyldes, 17 June

If Ibiza was more your scene then this show is a must see – for ravers, party animals and everyone who ever saw Ibiza as their Mecca, an irresistible combination of the UK’s most influential DJ with a 65 piece orchestra, a spectacular visual show with lasers and the biggest party anthems, all at The Wyldes near Bude.

3 Wishes Fairy Festival, Mount Edgcumbe Country Park17 – 19 June

Family-friendly fairy festival with daily optional fancy dress themes featuring more magic than you can shake a fairy wand at. Find the Faerie Garden, village and market, workshops and a circus, plus music, and camping under the stars.

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, 17 – 19 June

After last year’s online virtual festival, everyone is looking forward to the usual weekend of performances by shanty groups from across the UK, Brittany and beyond including Cornwall’s own groups including The Fishermen’s Friends, filling up pubs and stages across the town with often free performances.

Tunes in the Dunes, Perranporth, 24 – 26 June

The UK’s biggest festival on a beach held on the white sands of Perranporth returns to its usual June weekend for 2022. Shaggy, The Kooks and Paul Weller headline, many many more acts, plus silent discos, and my personal favourite covers band ‘Elvana’ – that’s Elvis fronted Nirvana (if you haven’t yet experienced the joy of watching a jumpsuited Elvis-like figure belting out Smells Like Teen Spirit you’re in for a treat).

Falmouth Cringe, Falmouth, 30 June – 3 July

25 shows run across six venues in the town for this brand new Comedy Festival, the first in a series of events under the banner ‘Creative Falmouth.

Penzance LitFest, Penzance6-9 July

Plans are afoot for this annual festival, although no details yet. Expect talks, workshops and more from writers and authors from Cornwall and beyond.

Tropical Pressure Festival, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, 15 – 17 July

A small, family friendly festival with a global theme, celebrating the rich music, dance and food of 3 Tropical continents, in the beautiful Cornish countryside. Enjoy an incredible line up of music, free workshops and amazing food.

Leopallooza, Nr Bude, 22 – 24 July

Described as the UK’s greatest house party in a field, the Leopallooza Festival (25 mins from Bude) is back for 2022. The line-up for this cult festival focuses on new and breaking bands, with the likes of Bastille, Kodaline, Everything Everything, Jamie Lawson and Izzy Bizu making appearances here in their early days – the line up this year includes Metronomy, Sleaford Mods and Lianne La Havas, plus a host of music, arts, theatre, kids entertainment, comedy and dance all weekend. Family friendly (my kids love the kids activities, like Muddy Award winning Rogue Theatre, above) and lots of camping options, Leo is the hottest festival ticket in Cornwall.

Goonhilly 60, Goonhilly Earth Station, 23 July

As the UK’s gateway to space, and the world’s only commercial Deep Space station – Goonhilly Earth Station has been instrumental to space exploration for six decades, yet remains shrouded in mystery and closed to the public for over a decade.

For one day only, Goonhilly 60 offers a rare and exciting opportunity to set foot on the historic site to enjoy an interstellar programme of curated music, talks and educational workshops, on the Orbit stage, for all the family – set amongst the satellite dishes and backdropped by Goonhilly vistas and the breath-taking beauty of the Lizard Peninsula.

Unassumingly positioned in south Cornwall, Goonhilly Earth Station’s major satellites were named after Cornish legends such as Guinevere, Isolde, and Merlin – and Arthur, perhaps the most iconic was responsible for transmitting the historic TV pictures of the Apollo 11 moon landings to 600 million people globally.

Charlestown Regatta, 23 – 29 July

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, regatta week includes parties, celebrations, competitions and plenty of music and entertainment alongside the sailing – with the week culminating in the finale, Regatta Rocks.

Rock Oyster Festival, Rock, 29 – 31 July

Hosted this year by local chef Jack Stein and friends, Rock Oyster Festival, held at Dinham House near Wadebridge, is a north coast favourite (and in 2021 a total pleasure to attend thanks to our friends at Bottega Gin, who were serving up gin cocktails from a glam horsebox bar). Expect live music – including from headliners Happy Mondays, circus acts, yoga and a chance to try some of the best oysters, mussels, and artisan produce around. This family-friendly event also offers lots of fun for kids and can be reached by bike – straight off the beautiful Camel Trail.

Falmouth Week, Falmouth, 5 – 14 Aug

Falmouth Week is a major attraction for locals and visitors alike. With its origins in a local sailing regatta dating back at least far as 1837, the Week has evolved into not only a major sailing competition in the SW but also an opportunity for sailors and landlubbers to enjoy the many daytime and evening attractions in the town. Sadly last year’s parade of sail from the annual Tall Ships Race had to be cancelled, but expect fireworks and there’s usually a visit by the Red Arrows, too.

Boardmasters, Newquay, 10 – 14 Aug

Credit: Callum Morse (Boardmasters Festival)

Cornwall’s big one! Headliners for 2022 include George Ezra, Disclosure and Kings of Leon. The live music and pro surfing on the stunning Cornish coast is hosted across two beautiful locations, and while it’s a must on the teenage bucket list, don’t let that put you off. The festival site sits on the cliff top at Watergate Bay, home to arguably the world’s best festival view. Expect twelve stages, with a collection of acts ranging from local acoustic talent, to mind-bending visual performers, to international headliners. Oh and over at Fistral there’s one or two things too … pro surf comps, skating, BMX, live music, the Surf Village and much more.

Fowey Royal Regatta, 14 – 20 Aug

In addition to the sailing there is a carnival, procession, fireworks and music on the quayside.

Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge, 26-29 Aug

The bank holiday weekend is all about folk music in Wadebridge, with four nights and three days of concerts, sessions, folk clubs, dancing, workshops, craft fairs and children’s events in the beautiful market town.

Cornwall Pride, Newquay, TBC, usually August bank holiday weekend

Cornwall Pride is a celebration of diversity in Cornwall. This traditional Pride event includes a colourful and vibrant parade from Towan Beach, Rainbow Fest with an afternoon of live music at Newquay’s Killacourt and a ticketed evening ‘Moonbow’ party.

St Ives September Festival, St Ives, 10 -24 Sept

With the summer rush of holidaymakers over, St Ives draws down art and music lovers from all over the country for a whole host of exhibitions and cultural events.

Taste of Scilly, 15 -25 September

This food and drink festival plays host to all sorts of culinary activities across the islands – Muddy fave Simon Stallard of Hidden Hut fame has announced that he will be cooking three beach feasts on three different island for the headline finale weekend on the 23rd- 25th September. Tresco, St. Martin’s and St. Mary’s will all play host to Simon’s cooks which will see guests immersed in his wood-fire experiences in one of the most idyllic settings in the UK.

Looe Live! Festival, Looe, 16 -18 Sept

Looe Live! Festival serves up three days of superb live music in a magical setting on the stunning Cornish coast. A ‘grown-up’ music festival where camping isn’t a prerequisite, where you can visit for the day or the weekend, stay in comfort and eat like a king –  the mainstage and BBC Introducing stage will be ticketed and on the beach – with a new-look free-to-enter community and food zone in Buller Quay carpark. Headliners are Soul II Soul, The Lightning Seeds, Reef, Those Damn Crows, Tankus the Henge, Mellowmatic, Ferris & Sylvester with more acts to be announced!

North Cornwall Book Festival, St Endellion, 22 – 25 Sept

North Cornwall Book Festival brings together readers and writers (and a few choice musicians) for a half term holiday of literature, narrative, craft, workshops and concerts in a site of outstanding beauty, between the holiday resort of Polzeath and the fishing community of Port Isaac. Events are yet to be announced but watch this space – booking opens 1 July.

Falmouth Oyster Festival, Falmouth, 13 – 16 Oct

Falmouth’s Events Square will again play host to one of Cornwall’s biggest and best loved specialist food events, The Falmouth Oyster Festival. The annual festivities celebrate the start of the oyster dredging season, the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of Cornish seafood, with four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music, food and craft stalls.

Falmouth Book Festival, Falmouth, 17 – 23 October

Another new festival running as part of a series of events under the banner ‘Creative Falmouth’ across multiple venues in the town.

HAVE WELLIES, WILL TRAVEL

Isle of Wight Festival, 16-19 June. (Line-up: Lewis Capaldi, Kasabian, Pete Tong, Muse, Craig David, Shaggy)

BST Hyde Park, London, 24 June – 10 July. (Line-up: Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Adele, Eagles, Pearl Jam, Duran Duran)

Wireless Festival, London Finsbury Park, 8-10 July. (Line-up: Cardi B, SZA, Nicki Minaj)

Latitude Festival, Suffolk, 21-24 July. (Line-up: Lewis Capaldi, Foals, Snow Patrol, Phoebe Bridgers)

Kaleidoscope Festival, London Alexandra Palace, 23 July. (Line-up: Orbital, Happy Mondays, Charlotte Church)

Camp Bestival, Dorset, 28-31 July. (Line-up: Rag’n’Bone Man, Rudimental, Kool & The Gang)

Edinburgh Summer Sessions, 8-14 Aug. (Line-up: Tom Jones, Simple Minds, Simply Red, Michael Kiwanuka)

Camp Bestival, Shropshire, 18-21 August. (Line-up: Fatboy Slim, Rag’n’Bone Man, Becky Hill, Sara Cox)

All Points East, London Victoria Park, 19-28 Aug. (Line-up: Charlie XCX, Gorillaz, Nick Cave, Kraftwerk)

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