Boardmasters Festival Main Stage Crowd From Above | Newquay, Cornwall
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Boardmasters 2018 Festival Preview

Newquay‘s music and extreme sports festival, Boardmasters, returns to the Cornish coast for a long weekend of boards and beats.

What happened last year?

Well, music, extreme sports, and beach fun…naturally! Highlights from the 2017 edition of Boardmasters saw the festival welcoming along a host of different activities and artists. Last year’s edition featured a wealth of top music acts, ranging from a performance by the original space cowboy himself, JamiroquaiFrank TurnerStormzy, and the Flaming Lips.

There was plenty enough to be getting on with aside from the music as well. Paint fights, yoga, surf competitions – these all made it into the already bursting list of activities for festival-goers to wrap their board-tape around. If you want to grab a taste of last year’s event, then just check out the 2017 after-movie, below.

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What’s On?

2018 sees Boardmasters going all-out in terms of music line-up. The artists are genuinely first class, with Catfish and the BottlemenChemical Brothers, and George Ezra taking up the gauntlet as headline acts. Having seen the Chems before, we can attest to the magnitude of their performances. Everything, from their classic sound, to their impressive visuals and stage production, will certainly wow anyone who watches, so you need to grab a glimpse of these if you can.

Further performances come from top acts such as Everything EverythingAnnie MacLily AllenFriendly Fires, and Years & Years. You also have the World Surf League Competitions, which include the Quicksilver OpenRoxy OpenUgg Men’s Longboard Pro comp, and the Ugg Women’s Longboard Pro competition. Check out the poster, below, for the full line-up.

Ones to Watch

Too Many T’s

If you’re a fan of the hip-hop noodlings of the Beastie Boys, then Too Many T’s will get your rap juices flowing. We caught the duo at the now-no-longer (sniffle) Secret Garden Party a few years back, and we can attest to their energy when they are on stage. Having released their debut album last September, you can expect to hear tracks from that getting an airing, including Diamonds and GoldHang Tight, and God Save the T’s.

DJ Proof

Boardmasters attendees are in for a treat. DJ Proof knows how to throw down a nutz party set, taking in all manner of genres, from drum and bass, hip-hop, bashment, breaks, bass, and mashups. Think Newquay’s answer to the bastard lovechild of Scratch PervertsKrafty Kuts, and Stanton Warriors, and you’re there. Cutting and scratching his way through party tracks, get your best dancing trainers on because you’ll be popping power moves like nobody’s business.


If you haven’t heard Tiga and Zyntherius‘ version of Sunglasses at Night played out, then you really haven’t lived. The artist is well-known for putting together some seriously delectable mixes that cover many different facets of the underground electronic music scene, including electro, techno, and house music. Irrespective of his playlist for the night, you can be assured that Tiga will ensure you’re well and truly danced out by the time his set closes.

Can I Still Get Tickets?

Yes! There are a limited number of tickets left, but these won’t last long. Grab yours, HERE.


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