Need a festival fix? Don’t worry, you haven’t left it too late. All these festivals take place in the latter half of the year, meaning you won't miss out on a weekend of music in Cornwall. Here are five late summer music festivals in Cornwall.
When: 9th – 13th August
If you care remotely about location, we can’t recommend Boardmasters festival enough. It’s smack-bang on the edge of the north Cornish coast with views across Watergate Bay and beyond. The incredible 2017 line-up included headliners such as indie hit-makers Two Door Cinema Club, eccentric folky three-piece Alt-J and the groove master himself Jamiroquai. As if that wasn’t enough, Boardmasters – as the name implies – is also home to the ASP World Tour Surfing at Fistral Beach. Surf, tunes and, hopefully, sun – what more could you want from a festival?
Cornwall Folk Festival
When: 24th – 28th August
Now in its 45th year, the Cornwall Folk Festival in Wadebridge shows no signs of slowing down. Known for mixing local talent with acts from further afield, as well as rising talent and established artists, it’s a must for anyone serious about their folk. 2017 saw Scottish singer-songwriter and stuff of folk royalty Dougie MacLean take the stage, as well as winner of BBC2’s ‘Folk Singer of the Year’ countless times Cara Dillon. Attendees can also enjoy performances from Black Friday, 3 Daft Monkeys, Marvailh and many more.
The Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival
When: 8th – 10th September
The three day event mixes live music, hobbit huts and tractor rides to create a magical, family-friendly festival in Cornwall. Not to mention cider; set on a working cider farm, Little Orchards offers up 100 different ciders! At 2017’s festival you’ll find scrumpy and western band The Wurzels, pop rock boys Scouting for Girls and ska masters Imperial Leisure. There’s also a silent disco, BBC introducing stage and secret cider walks.
Fowey Valley Music festival
When: 15th – 16th September
Once the famous Regatta week is over, Fowey takes a deep breath and gets ready to bring world-class classical music to Fowey. The third year of the festival in 2017 sees Catrin Finch perform on the Friday; Catrin is one of the most accomplished harpists of her generation and former Royal Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales. Saturday sees the Winner of the Brass Category Final in the 2016 BBC Young Musician, Benjamin Goldscheider, play the horn, with Callum Smart on violin and Richard Uttley on piano. Keen to remain accessible, tickets for all three concerts cost just £27 (including service fee).
Looe Music Festival
When: 29th September – 1st October
Fancy a festival on a beach? Book a ticket to Looe Music Festival. For one weekend in late September the festival takes over the fishing town of Looe and turns it into a dramatic location for three days of music, fun and culture. This year headliners include alt-rock band Happy Mondays, OBE singer-songwriter Lulu and Scottish rockers The Jesus and Mary Chain.
Boardmasters image source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BXI_2A4g0KJ/
Cornwall Folk Festival image source: https://www.facebook.com/CornwallFolkFestival/photos/a.319815664750988.77118.319808821418339/1012140468851834/?type=1&theater
The Little Orchard image source: https://www.facebook.com/CornishCiderFest/photos/a.439175302847099.1073741827.439171756180787/1273215342776420/?type=1&theater
Fowey Festival image source: https://twitter.com/fowey_music/status/876735539961106432
Looe Festival image source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BKuwAp2hXA8/