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Top 5 Summer Music Festivals in Cornwall

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While the sunny summer weather might not officially be here yet, the lead-up to some of the UK’s best music festivals has officially started.  If you are missing out on Glastonbury this weekend then we may have a top alternative here in Cornwall this summer!

During your stay in a classic cottage in Cornwall, why not head to one of the region’s famous music festivals and soak up the atmosphere amid tourists and locals alike.

From folk music and acoustic sessions, to famous headline acts and all-night DJs, there’s something for everyone in Cornwall this summer.

1. Boardmasters

10th – 14th August, 2016

Boardmasters

Where: Newquay, Cornwall

As the largest music festival in Cornwall, Boardmasters brings with it a stellar line-up every year, and past acts have included Faithless, Bastille, Snoop Dogg, Ben Howards and Ed Sheeran.

Established in 1981, the main music festival is located in Watergate Bay near Newquay, while the surfing and skateboarding side of the event, and smaller music sessions takes place on Fistral Beach in Newquay.

This year’s line-up includes Lianne la Havas, James Bay, Chase and Status, Kaiser Chiefs, Cattlefish and the Bottlemen, Soul II Soul, The Magic Numbers, and many more, including several local Cornish acts.

Set across numerous stages and venues including the Keg and Pasty, the Main Stage, and the View Stage, the five-day event hosts live music, comedy, DJ sets, rides, and a village of shops and food and drink vendors.

2. Port Eliot Festival

28th – 31st July, 2016

Port Eliot Festival

Where: Port Eliot Estate, St Germans, Nr. Saltash

While it’s not strictly speaking an all-music festival, Port Eliot Festival has become one of Cornwall’s much-loved events every summer, and attracts visitors from near and far.

Located in the beautiful Port Eliot Estate in St Germans on the banks of the river, the four-day festival is a celebration of art, literature, music, comedy, dance, food and drink.

This year, acts include Noel Fielding, Sara Pascoe, Miranda Sawyer, Tom Parker Bowles, Kernow King, Haunt the Woods, The Jolenes, Alfresco Disco, After Hours, Night Beats, and more.

The event combines music, yoga, food demonstrations, workshops, talks, readings, DJs, kayaking, foraging, wild swimming, and film screenings.

3. Leopallooza

29th – 30th July, 2016

Leopallooza

Where: Bude, Cornwall

Held in a green wooded valley in Bude in north Cornwall every summer, Leopallooza was originally started by four friends. Since then, it has become one of the region’s most popular family-friendly festivals and in 2014, it won the “Grassroots Festival” title in the UK Festival Awards.

This year’s line-up includes headliners Crystal Fighters, Band of Skulls, and Kodaline, and more than 100 acts including Little Dragon, Eliza and the Bear, Novo Amor, Wolf Note, DJ Detta, and Hong Kong Ping Pong.

This year, Leopallooza celebrates its 10th Anniversary, and there is plenty of entertainment, family camping, and an array of local food and drink vendors.

4. Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival

9th – 11th September, 2016

Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival

Where: Penhallow, Nr Newquay, Cornwall

This intimate Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival is held on Healey’s Cyder Farm near Newquay and is a fantastic family-friendly event.

This year, the line-up has not yet been announced, but previous years have included performances from The Magic Numbers, Ben Ottewell from Gomez, and Gary Stringer from Reef. The event has tractor rides, bouncy castles, vintage stalls, Swamp Circus workshops, face painting and that all-important cider sampling.

5. Looe Music Festival

23rd – 25th September, 2016

Looe Music Festival

Where: Looe, Cornwall

The arrival of the Looe Music Festival usually marks the end of a jam-packed summer of music and events in Cornwall, and the coastal town of Looe certainly saves the best until last.

Set on the main beach in Looe on five stages, the three-day event boasts a line-up of well-known and local artists to suit every age, as well as a stunning oceanfront setting.

This year, the stage will be graced by the likes of Bryan Ferry, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Laurence Fox, Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club, and many more.