Music Festivals in Cornwall 2018

March 22nd, 2018

While summer may seem a while away, the sunny days are soon going to be upon us and with them comes the exciting festivals and events taking place throughout Cornwall at this time. With so much coastline in Cornwall, scenic beaches take up much of the county, making it the perfect spot for some fantastic seaside musical performances. We take a look at some of the best festivals on offer this year:


Tunes in the Dunes

Tunes in the Dunes is one of the earlier festival offerings for 2018, running from the 8th to the 10th June on Perranporth Beach. This year is bigger than ever, with four stages spread out across the beach area, bringing a wide range of different atmosphere. With big acts performing on the impressive main stage, and local Cornish artists taking to the St Pirans stage, there are plenty of acts to support. Friday night sees Protoje, The Skints, Auction For The Promise Club and Rosie the Crow take the stage. Headlining Saturday is UB40 originals Ali, Astro and Mickey, as well as Current Swell, Matthew Mole and Echo Town. Taking the stage on Sunday are Pixie Lott, Gypsy Queens, Company B, Fishermans Friends and Backbeat Soundsystem.


As the big names settle down for the night, head to the After Party Stage and dance all night long! Like many places in Cornwall, the surfing spirit is at large here, so bring your board along to catch some waves while you enjoy the exciting mix of tunes!



Unlike the other big festivals in Cornwall, Leopallooza is hidden away in a valley framed by trees, rather than right on the beachfront. But with three days and nights of incredible performances, free camping and a great atmosphere, Leopallooza is a fantastic deal! This year the family-friendly festival runs from the 27th to the 29th July.


While the Friday night headliner has yet to be announced, Kelis will be taking to the stage on Saturday night, and St Paul & The Broken Bones are set to headline Sunday. Other acts performing over the weekend include Rat Boy, Tom Grennan, Estrons and Idles. With skate ramps, silent discos, karaoke bars, and comedy acts, among other activities, Leopallooza offers up plenty to keep everyone entertained. Already confirmed acts for ‘The Funny Side’ comedy stage are Josh Widdicombe and Russel Kane!


Surfing at Boardmasters music festival


This is the big one for Cornwall; running from the 8th to 12th August, Boardmasters will be taking over Watergate Bay. Friday sees Catfish and the Bottlemen take the stage, with The Chemical Brothers taking over headlining duties on Saturday, and George Ezra on Sunday. Other big names include Rag’n’Bone Man, Years & Years and Kano, with hundreds of acts performing from a wide variety of music genres. At the end of each nights headlining performances, there is an After Dark party, featuring DJ sets until the sun starts to rise!


Over on neighbouring Fistral Beach Cornwall’s love of surfing is certainly on display, with surfing competitions for all levels, surfing lessons and sessions, and spaces for skating and BMX. If you’re not one for the heart-racing activities, then chill out at the health and wellbeing area with yoga and pilates classes, meditation sessions or a massage and sauna session at the Boardmasters Spa!



A little later in the year, and therefore, comfortably out of the summer heat, musicians take the stage in Looe. Around 90 acts are said to be performing over five stages between the 21st and 23rd September. The headlining acts take place on the beach so you’ll be right on the coast for all the action, meaning you can surf and sun while listening to the live tunes. Friday night sees Finnish country-metal sensations Steve ‘n’ Seagulls take the stage with some of their specialty barn-rock! They are certainly bound to get the party started for following acts Himalayas, John Otway and Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro among others! Headlining Saturday night are The Waterboys, and Sunday sees The Stranglers taking the stage!


If you’d like somewhere a little more luxurious than a tent to stay during these festivals or would like to stay on in Cornwall for a proper holiday after the music events, then take a look at our range of luxury Cornish cottages. They are perfect for short breaks, family getaways or just to relax by the coast!