One of the only festivals that can also easily pass off as a holiday, set in the sunny, sunny seaside location of Newquay, Boardmasters is back for another year.

With a lineup as diverse as ever, championing a whole range of new music acts, Boardmasters shows no sign of slowing down and we’re sure that this will easily be in the running for its best year yet. With headliners of Two Door Cinema Club, Alt-J and Jamiroquai, we’re already hooked… then you throw in The Flaming Lips, The Vaccines and Stormzy and you couldn’t keep us away if you tried.

It’s not just the big names that have got us excited though, as we mentioned before, their lineup has super buzzy names from top to bottom, leading the way for brand new names to reach the south west. Here are five that we haven’t seen throughout the lineups of other UK festivals, that are 10/10 quality and if you miss them then you need to rethink your priorities.


Manchester’s Pins have been impressing and delighting many through gigging excessively in their hometown. They’ve had their fair share of, rightly deserved, support slots for big names; for instance, you’ll be able to catch them supporting Deap Vally next month at The Ruby Lounge. They recently released a 20 min short film in accompaniment for their latest EP Bad Thing released back in March, complete with an ode to Iggy Pop, their post-punk sounds are something you definitely need in your life.


Based in Liverpool, Her’s have been giving us energetic, massively infectious indie hits. Speed Racer instantly comes to mind as an attentive, charming track that will undoubtedly get anyone within a five-foot radius dancing in 0-30 seconds.


Having recently released a brand new track with Gloucestershire’s Ardyn, his first new material since 2016’s debut album U, Tourist will be performing a highly anticipated set at Boardmasters. It’s sure to be the perfect soundtrack to the very scenic, sunny setting of the festival, so make sure you’re there ready to get introspective with Tourist in the sun.


Songwriter/producer and DJ duo Will Lansley and John Morgan are Bristol-based Punctual. Taking influences from a wide range of places, from Garage to Classical, infused with hints reminiscent of the aforementioned Tourist, Todd Terje and Floating Points, Punctual are full of energy, textures and depth that will transport you to another world.

Wovoka Gentle

If you haven’t heard Wovoka Gentle’s ‘They Mostly Come At Night Mostly’ then honestly, where have you been? It’s anthemic, controlled and has been one of the biggest earworms this year, so far. This experimental, London, three-piece made up of Imogen and Ellie Mason and William J. Stokes, are experts at creating powerful tunes that we are certain will only have even more of an impact live. Do you need any more reason?

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