SUMMER FESTIVALS 2014
Music lovers rejoice – it’s festival season! Wellies at the ready…
All summer | LUSTY GLAZE SUNDOWNER SESSIONS
The Lusty Glaze team have put together a fantastic summer of music on their beach. Make your way down the 133 steps, grab some food and an ice cold beer, sink your toes into the warm sand as you watch the sun set over the sea and listen to some summer sounds. There is at least one free event each week (see the full programme) when it is well worth booking a table in the restaurant.
There are six ticketed events, with a fabulous selection of headliners:
Friday 4 July – Fisherman’s Friends
Thursday 24 July – The Feeling
Thursday 31 July – Morcheeba
Friday 1 August – Newton Faulkner
Sunday 17 August – Simon and Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene
Monday 18 August – Bellowhead
All summer | THE EDEN SESSIONS
We’ve had some memorable evenings at The Eden Sessions over the years, Mark Ronson and Snow Patrol being particular favourites. Make a day of it and head to the Eden Project ahead of the gig for a wander around the biomes before settling down in the natural ampitheatre to watch the show. This year’s line-up is looking great:
7-8 June | ELECTRIC BEACH FESTIVAL
In it’s third year, and now over a whole weekend, this festival at Watergate Bay should be a cracker. Live music on the beach kicks off at 1pm and runs through until the sun sets at 10pm. Headliners Grandmaster Flash and Zion Train will appear on Saturday and Sunday evenings respectively. Tickets: from £27.50, available online.
9 June | SETH LAKEMAN
West country folk singer Seth Lakeman will be playing in the bar of the Old Coastguard in Mousehole at 9.30pm on Monday 9 June. Tickets cost £8 each and need to be bought in advance from the Old Coastguard (tel 01736 731222). Proceeds to the RNLI.
13-15 June | FALMOUTH INTERNATIONAL SEA SHANTY FESTIVAL
Falmouth will be filled with singing at one of Europe’s biggest maritime music events. Held at 21 venues across the town, this festival will feature 48 shanty groups and 261 hours of shanty singing.
12-16 June | CHARLES CAUSLEY FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE AND THE ARTS
The Charles Causley Festival returns to Launceston to celebrate literature, art, theatre, music and food. Including Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Ann Widdecombe, a food and drink festival, live music, theatre performances and historical walks.
29 June – 5 July | MEVAGISSEY FEAST WEEK
A carnival, fish festival and firework display are just a few of the events taking place during Mevagissey Feast Week, where the village has been celebrating the Feast of St Peter since 1754. Join the revellers on the harbour front. All welcome and free to attend. Keep an eye on their website for the programme.
12 July | ROCK OYSTER FESTIVAL
The Rock Oyster Festival returns to the grounds of Dinham House, near Rock, for its fifth year. This family friendly event on the banks of the river Camel celebrates music and food in one big summer party. Music includes Kitten and the Hip, The Destroyers and Backbeat Sound System. The farmers’ market runs from midday until 4pm and food and drink will be available throughout the event, with stalls from the St Moritz Hotel, the Cornish Curry Co., Alice in Burgerland, Wadebridge Wines and Sharp’s Brewery, amongst others. There is an exciting programme of children’s entertainment outside and in the big top, including Circus Bezercus, archery and a bouncy castle. Camping is available on site and over the road at Dinham Farm. Tickets: £20, £5 for children.
16-20 July | PENZANCE LITERARY FESTIVAL
The organisers of the fifth Penzance Literary Festival are putting on a celebration of words – the written word, the spoken word, the recited word and the sung word too. Their aim is to inspire everyone who attends with the joy of reading, writing and performing, and of watching, listening and discussing with other people.
24-27 July | PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL
Set in the beautiful grounds of Port Eliot, thousands flock to this literary festival each year. The celebration of words, art and music, food, flowers and fashion is just wonderful, with something for everyone. Whether you want to party into the night down by the river, make fairy wings with your children in the Hullabaloo or listen to poetry in the walled garden whilst sipping a peach bellini and eating seabass and chips, four days of pure delight await. Glampers have the choice of tipis and yurts, bell tents and airstreams, gypsy caravans and safari tents. More information coming soon in our special Port Eliot blog.
29 July – 8 August | ST ENDELLION SUMMER FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
Classical music lovers are in for a treat at the 56th St Endellion summer festival. This year’s opera is Puccini’s La Bohème and the choral highlight is Bach’s B minor Mass, which will also be performed in Truro Cathedral on 4 August in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the 1st World War.
1-3 August | LEOPALLOOZA
“The greatest house party in a field” perfectly sums up this Bude festival run by a group of friends with a love of music and a need to party. Fun and friendly with a great vibe, gourmet food, bars, free camping, bands including Dry the River and Foxes, and the Tree Line dance arena. Weekend tickets £70 adult, £20 child or £150 for a family.
6-10 August | BOARDMASTERS
Boardmasters looks set to be an incredible few days at Fistral and Watergate. Surf, skate and BMX contests, beach session gigs, Rattler beach bar, after parties, camping, the list goes on. This year’s headliners are Snoop Dogg, Chase and Status and Bastille. Weekend camping tickets are currently £129 but check out the website for other options.
22-25 August | CORNWALL FOLK FESTIVAL
The bank holiday weekend sees Cornwall’s annual folk music festival, with events taking place in venues in and around Wadebridge. Artists include The Grenaways, Geoff Lakeman and Wizz Jones. Camping is available nearby, weekend tickets are priced at £55, with day, evening and children’s tickets also available online.
12-14 September | LITTLE APPLE CYDER FESTIVAL
The Little Apple Festival is back for 2014 with a staggering 100 live acts and 100 different types of cyder. This three day festival is located within the grounds of Healeys working cyder farm. You can expect big colourful marquees such as the Golden Delicious acoustic café, The Big Little Apple Top, Granny Smith’s Dance Emporium and The Pink Lady Burlesque tent. Tickets: £12, under 14s free. £25 for a weekend ticket with camping. All tickets include a tractor ride through the orchards and cyder samples.
13-20 September | ST IVES SEPTEMBER FESTIVAL
The fortnight-long St Ives September festival celebrates music, arts, literature and film with over 300 events. Artists performing in venues across the town include Seth Lakeman, Fisherman’s Friends, Hawkwind and Ronnie Scott’s Allstars. For more details visit their website.
19-21 September | LOOE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Squeeze and The Brand New Heavies headline the Friday and Saturday nights of this end-of-summer festival. Expect an upbeat weekend with an eclectic mix of music and over 90 acts performing on the beach and in the streets of the small seaside town. Dance on the sand, enjoy great food and drink, and make a weekend of it with plenty of accommodation nearby. 3-day tickets priced at £67.50 with other options available online.
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