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Looe Music Festival 2017 – Nextfest Preview

Cornwall’s Looe Music Festival is back for 2017, with an awesome line-up that features artists from right across the musical spectrum. This year’s programme enlists the services of artists proffering everything from jazz, through to rock, indie, and even some shanty thrown in for good measure (we are in pirate country after all).

Looe Music Festival is one that is proud of its Cornish roots. They ensure that they support their community by offering local traders the opportunity to ply their wares at the festival, which is an excellent way to give something back to the surrounding area.

The festival’s attitude towards entertainment, their punters, and their local community, has led to them being bestowed with numerous awards, including the Gold Winner of the Tourism Event Festival of the Year categories at the Cornwall Toursism Awards 2016/2017. Certainly not to be sniffed at, as this kind of local award really illustrates and acknowledges how Looe Music Festival is of benefit to the surrounding community.

So, what can you expect at the festival itself? Well, quite a lot, actually! The festival is a similar concept to Festival No.6. This being due to the manner in which the festival takes over the beach and town at Looe, meaning that locals and visitors are rubbing shoulders as they take in the culture of the festival and the Cornish way of life.

There are workshops and free activities to get involved in if you aren’t just there for the music. You can have a go at some slackline walking (like a tightrope but less…tight), Cornish dancing, circus performance, Irish dancing, or just while away the time with some storytelling. On top of that there’s The Big Cornish Sing, which takes place at 4pm, Saturday. Just a few days left to practice, then!

In terms of the music available, in addition to headliners The Jesus And Mary ChainLulu, and Happy Mondays, you’d do a lot worse than checking out Reverend and the Makers, who will be playing the festival on the back of the release of their brand new album The Death of a King. You’re likely to be hearing a slew of tracks from that, as well as older bangers such as Heavyweight Champion of the WorldBasslineShine The Light. The Reverend & co will be on the Korev Main Stage at 8pm, Friday.

If you fancy something a little more on the heavy side, then you’ll be pleased to know that organisers have booked metal act, King Creature for a turn on the Korev stage at 17:30 on Saturday. These guys know how to bring a roof or two down, with influences ranging from Megadeth, Motorhead, and Mastodon. The rockers amongst you will get your moshpit one way or another, don’t be worrying.

90s scouse indie troubadours, the band known as Cast, will take to the Korev Main Stage on the Sunday of the festival, at 8pm sharp. With a rake of instantly recognisable hits such as SandstormWalkaway, and Alright, there’s bound to be singalongs aplenty down at the beach, so get your singing muscles lubricated and ready to belt out a few favourites.

Tickets for Looe Music Festival are still available, so grab yours now!

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