This weekend sees in the 30th anniversary of Relentless Energy Drink Boardmasters Festival in association with Vans. This fresh West Country festival offers a combination of surf, skate, and BMX competitions with an impressive music line up all set in the beautiful backdrop of Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay of Newquay, Cornwall. With the surf competition being upgraded to APS 6* this year and weekend camping tickets still a steel at £85, you should contemplate a last minute impulse buy: http://www.boardmasters.co.uk/static.php?c=ticket_information
The surf competition is already underway and the first of the intimate ‘beach session’ gigs kicks off tonight, but we’re heading down tomorrow to ease ourselves into the weekend with performances from the transformed Charlie Simpson and big folk numbers of Newton Faulkner.
Friday afternoon is when we see the seven other stages come to life. Here are our ‘must see’s’ for the weekend:
Bombay Bicycle Club
These indie boys from London are going from strength to strength with their highly anticipated third album A Different Kind of Fix being exclusively aired at their live performances until it’s release on August 29th. Jack Steadman’s vocals will be sailing down Watergate Bay from 19:45 Friday evening.
This band have exploded out of Eastbourne over the last few months, supporting the likes of Ghospoet at KOKO London as well as making the Bestival lineup in early September. This being said it’s hard to believe they are still unsigned. Maybe it’s because they are just as aloof as WU LYF, or maybe the energy of their percussionist just can’t be tamed, either way we’ll be heading to main stage Friday night.
This band pretty much invented the term ‘nu rave’ and after their second album Surfing the void wasn’t letting anyone down in a hurry their live shows are never short of material. I fell in love with this band ever since they used the ‘DJ’ function in ‘Atlantis to Interzone’, but since then it’s just got stronger. Expect an electric performance as these boys wrap up Friday night on main stage.
This West Country singer songwriter should feel at home at this festival with his love for surfing and support for the ‘surfers against sewage’ campaign which will be playing it’s part in keeping the beach clean throughout the weekend. As well as this, his following in the folk scene is snowballing. His quirky, Newton Faulkner-esque style of playing guitar is mesmerizing, let alone the sounds that accompany it. Be sure to check him out on Saturday afternoon.
I think it’s fair to say this mans single ‘let me go’ is big, taking the UK hip hop scene by storm. For the dub-heads out there you may recognise his eerie vocals that featured on Professor Green’s ‘Jungle’, but with such a voice it won’t be long before this guy is a household name. Don’t miss him kicking off mainstage Saturday afternoon.
Saturday – 21.15 main stage… Enough said