5 Summer Festivals You Won’t Want To Miss
I’m a dedicated Glastonbury lover, but from the comfort of my sofa these days – I’ve had my fair share of wet wipe washes ta all the same. This year, I had an awesome front row of Chris Martin for starters, and let me tell you, the toilet facilities at the Muddy HQ campsite are way better. But whether you’re a *cough* lightweight glamper like me or a hardcore roll-in-mud music-fan, here’s the Muddy Guide to the best festivals due to crank-it-up in Cornwall over the next few months. Make some noise! Give it up! Well, you know, after you’ve come back from the prosecco tent. Scratch it DJ…
Electric Beach, Newquay Fri 8 and Sat 9 July
This is the 5th Electric Beach Festival. With 90’s legends The Levellers (my uni days anthem) headlining on Friday, and hip hop hippies De La Soul headlining Saturday, this festival in Newquay is without doubt the UK’s greatest beach party. After parties every night with Zion Train, DLS and Caravana Sun at the Koola Bar and Chy Bar. No dogs to this one, and no kid activities. No camping, but discounts available to festival goers at Mor Surf Lodge and plenty of accomodation in and around Newquay.
Port Eliot Festival, St Germans Thurs 28 – Sat 30 July
Described as a literary festival, but with the feel of a garden party. Music, comedy, cabaret, science, art, mindfullness and good food. Its all here. Attracts mix of celebs, art lovers, foodies, party animals and book worms. This oneis great for families with activities including the Eden Project’s ‘Destination Space’, Hullabaloo’s ‘Wild Woodland Summer Ball’, and an overnight forest school. Noel Fielding (him off of The Mighty Boosh) will be chatting on stage with Withnail & I screenwriter Bruce Robinson. Beth Orton headlines.
Leopallooza, Bude Fri 29 – Sun 31 July
2016 marks the 10th annual Grass Roots Festival award winning Leopalloza- dubbed the ‘greatest house party in a field’. Well, lush wooded valley near the beach actually. Voted one of the best boutique festivals by The Guardian two years running, its grown from humble beginings – just 250 people showed up at the first party in 2006. 100+ bands, DJs and solo artists. This years theme is… Rio Leo! Outfits are a must apparently, so dig out your fruitbowl hat. Crystal Fighters and Kodaline will be headlining with DJ sets from Mylo, Little Dragon and DJ YODA. Leopallooza friends will be on the ground delivering a host of exciting activities; choose to get your blades on for the roller disco and cool down on the Slip ‘n’ Slide or watch with envy as world class professional mountain bike riders take on the track. Head for Palloozaville for a feast of noodles, gourmets burgers, burritos, crêpes and crumpets. This is a family friendly festy – drop your darlings at the Leopallooza crèche, or catch friend to singing veg – Mr Bloom from CBeebies in residence and swamp circus.
Boardmasters, Newquay 10-14 August
The south-west’s answer to V with surfing – Chase and Status, James Bay, the Kaisers, Primal Scream, Deadmaus5 (ask your kids, I had to) – do I need to go on? Five days of fun in the sun (fingers crossed) and the world surf champs, skate and bmx competitions (the landlubbing son of surfing), sundowner beach gigs, the house of Marley (an area dedicated to the music of Bob) and after parties. VIP bar with exclusive bands and DJ’s and the chance to do a bit of sleb-spotting (allegedly). The net loft – an intimate new stage that will showcase latest in new Cornish talent curated in partnership with BBC Music Introducing, a surf village for all your must have surf gear needs, and surfing lessons from the pros.
Looe Music Festival, Looe Fri 23 – Sun 25 Sept
The date of Looe Fest moves with the tides to accomodate the main stage. Quite a big deal with serious musos (Jools Holland was there last year), this is a grown up music festival where you can stay in confort and dine like a king (try Muddy award winner Squid Ink). A smashing end to the summer season – Looe is bursting at the seams until September, so holding the festival later in the month extends the summer vibe. This years line includes Wilko Johnson on Friday on the beach, 80’s crooner Bryan Ferry oon Saturday, and headlining Sunday, stick em punk its the Fun Lovin’ Criminals (whoop whoop – I last saw them at Reading in the 90’s). Other confirmed acts are Seth Lakeman, Ferocious dog, Craig Charles funk and soul club and Cornish lads Fisherman’s Friends plus another 100+ bands. In the immortal words of Huey Morgan, Agas gweles war an treth donkeys.