With a line-up boasting everything from well-established acts (The Flaming Lips, Jamiroquai), to festival favourites (The Vaccines, Frank Turner) and up and coming stars (Ten Tonnes, Loyle Carner); Boardmasters 2017 is set to be a scorcher regardless of the weather.
But that’s the ‘music’, you can get any of that shit on the internet – so why bother with the trek to Cornwall? Here is your lowdown of the ‘festival’ side of things, to make sure that even if you do get bored of Alt-J, you won’t get bored of Boardmasters.
This is the home of British surfing and is the location of the Pro Surf, Skate and BMX competitions which happen during the weekend. It is the perfect place to chill out between acts and escape from the business of the camping area. Along with relaxing on the beach, there is a whole host of activities which are put on during the festival such as yoga and drawing sessions. Fistral Beach is also the location of the Beach Bar – a good place to eat, listen to music or watch the surfing competition.
Since 1981 Boardmasters has been the biggest international professional surf contest in the UK. Not only can you crowd surf at Boardmasters, you can actually surf! With a competition throughout the weekend there is never a dull moment and with a range of lessons for a range of abilities, anyone can have a go. The Fistral Beach Surf School can cater for all, and with the home of British surfing Newquay nearby it is the perfect place to either try something new or hone your skill.
Food and Drink:
Of course, there is all your usual festival food, but Boardmasters also offer gourmet and locally sourced alternatives. The Wild Oyster Restaurant hosted by Cornish chef Lee Skeet is located in the main area of the festival and serves a breakfast menu and a five-course taster lunch and dinner. There is also the Hedonist Bakery; which serves additive free pastries and Veggie Planet; check out their Chilli Non-Carne! Wash it all down with a healthy smoothie at The Fruit Cup. The jewel in Boardmasters’ culinary crown (and one of their best ‘stages’) has to be ‘The Keg and Pasty’. Established in the early 1300s it is a classic Cornish pub which continues to make history and gain notoriety for its fantastic food and eclectic performers.
However, it’s not all smoothies and yoga – this is a festival after all! The Funderdrome gives you a shot of adrenaline with its fun filled games such as disco aerobics and blind folded sock wrestling, as well as hosting fire shows and paint fights.
Boardmasters certainly doesn’t disappoint musically; with a lineup that has both strength and depth, but this is just one part of a hugely varied and diverse festival. So go, enjoy, see your favourite acts and see the wealth of things this fantastic festival has to offer