For a county with relatively few live music venues, Cornwall certainly packs a punch when it comes to summer music festivals. Throughout Cornwall there are loads of fantastic music events, which take place in beautiful coastal or countryside settings. So why not plan your visit to Cornwall to coincide with one of these idyllic music festivals? Here’s our pick of the top music events to attend in Cornwall in 2019.
Porthilly Spirit, 24-26 May
This new festival is an exciting addition to the Cornish music season. Located on farmland near Polzeath, Porthilly Spirit encourages visitors to unwind and enjoy a thrilling mix of live music, inspirational talks, outdoor activities, yoga workshops and fine food. Top music acts booked for the long weekend include Tom Odell, Villagers, Songhoy Blues and Giles Peterson.
Tunes in the Dunes, 24-26 May
Tunes in the Dunes is one of the only music festivals in the UK to take place on the beach. This year Perranporth Beach will host a line-up of crowd pleasing acts such as Circa Waves, John Newman, Madness, Bananarama and Morcheeba.
The Great Estate, 31 May – 2 June
The Great Estate is a firm favourite with locals for its eccentric mix of music, comedy, food and unique events, such as an afternoon tea party, Mexican wrestling and Victorian sports day activities! Headlined this year by James, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, this festival promises to be as wacky and entertaining as usual.
Port Eliot Festival, 25-28 July
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Each year, Lord and Lady St Germans open the gates of their estate for this festival of arts, literature and music where festival-goers are invited to explore the treasures of the house and relax in the beautiful gardens and woodlands on the banks of an estuary. Musical highlights this year include Charlotte Church, The Orielles, Aldous Harding and Pip Blom; while literary and comedy acts feature talks and performances by Lily Allen, Katy Brand, Simon Armitage, Bruce Parry, Shappi Khorsandi and Murray Lachlan Young.
Leopallooza Festival, 26-28 July
What started as a tiny party in a field for a group of friends some 13 years ago, has grown into an impressive music festival attracting some big name acts. This year’s line-up includes Friendly Fires, The Vaccines and Feeder. Leopallooza will take place on farmland at Week St Mary, near Bude, for three days of fun, frolics and a festival full of musical entertainment.
Boardmasters Festival, 7-11 August
Cornwall’s largest festival is a massive celebration of surf and skate culture, plus contemporary live music at Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay in Newquay. Alongside a pro surf contest and vertical ramp skateboarding demos, there is a multi-stage musical event overlooking the spectacular Cornish coast. Top music acts this year include Wu-Tang Clan, Florence & The Machine and Foals, plus a guest DJ set by Rudimental.
Cornwall Folk Festival, 22-26 August
This longstanding festival brings together some of the UK’s favourite folk acts for a long weekend of good vibes and great music in Wadebridge’s town hall, pubs and streets. Bands and artists to look out for this year include The Unthanks, Steve Knightly, Flats and Sharps, and Kitty MacFarlane.
Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival, 13-15 September
This relative newcomer has burst on to the Cornish festival scene with its homage to quality local cider and first-class music. With its beautiful rural setting at Healey’s Cyder Farm, between Truro and Perranporth, this idyllic, little festival will this year feature The Zutons, Reef and Mad Dog Mcrea.
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