The 12 Best Festivals in Cornwall This Summer
2019 is shaping up to be a huge summer for live music in Cornwall, with Liam Gallagher, Lily Allen and Florence + The Machine among the many artists set to crash onto the coast.
From family-friendly festivals to 24-hour raves, Cornwall’s ever-growing event calendar has all bases covered. Here, in date order, are 12 of the best…
The Masked Ball
3 -5 May 2019
Kicking off the South West festival season in spectacular style, Porthleven’s Masked Ball will welcome 3,000 revellers to its stunning clifftop venue this May.
Now heading into its 12th year, the legendary Cornish party has a 24-hour music license and is set to host a collection of hugely respected DJs from the underground electronic scene.
Check out our full Masked Ball 2019 Preview, here.
Tunes In The Dunes
24 – 26 May 2019
Perranporth Beach, Perranporth
Set on the golden sands of Perranporth Beach, the family-friendly Tunes In The Dunes festival returns in May 2019, welcoming Madness, Bananarama, and the aptly named Circa Waves for three days of live music by the sea.
See also: Bands In The Sands – A series of gigs at the same venue, featuring Tom Walker, The Cat Empire, Ziggy Marley.
The Great Estate
31 May – 1 June 2019
Scorrier House, Scorrier
Billed as ‘The Most Rambunctious Garden Fete’, Scorrier’s Great Estate Festival have pulled out all the stops to deliver their biggest line-up so far.
This year’s headliners are Mancunian rock legends James, who head to Scorrier House for a South West festival exclusive performance. Craig Charles will also be in attendance with his famous trunk of funk, as will Elvana (Elvis fronted Nirvana, obviously…).
20 June – 3 July
The Eden Project, Bodelva
The Eden Project’s summer event series kicks off with Stereophonics on 20 June and will be rounded off by a Kylie Minogue double-header on 2 & 3 July.
Sandwiched in between are gigs from Nile Rogers & Chic (21 June), Liam Gallagher (26 June) and The Chemical Brothers (28 June).
The last few remaining tickets can be purchased at https://www.edensessions.com
Tropical Pressure Festival
12 – 15 July 2019
Mount Pleasant Ecological Park, Porthtowan
Tropical Pressure Festival heads back to Porthtowan this July, lighting up the Cornish coast with African, Latin & Caribbean music.
The festival’s hugely diverse music roster is matched by an extensive children’s programme, which features creative workshops including dance classes, circus skills, headdress-making and campfire cooking.
This year’s line-up includes LA-33 (Columbia), Lindigo (Reunion Isles), Hejira (Ethiopia/UK), Kongo Dia Ntotila (Congo/UK), Dowdelin (France).
Port Eliot Festival
25 – 28 July 2019
Port Eliot Estate, St Germans
Set in the enchanting surroundings of the Port Eliot Estate, Cornwall’s largest literary and music festival promises a four-day celebration of ‘words, music, imagination, ideas, nature, food, fashion, flowers, laughter, exploration, fun and all that is good in the world!’
Lily Allen leads this year’s music bill, along with Charlotte Church, Aldous Harding and The Orielles.
26 – 28 July 2019
The Wyldes, Bude
The Wydles’ multi-award-winning grassroots music festival returns for another edition this July, featuring headlining sets from three of the UK’s biggest indie rock bands.
Nestled within a hidden, tree-filled valley deep in the North Cornwall countryside, the Leopallooza site contains multiple live music stages, plus a comedy tent and a huge variety of kids activities.
See also: Live In The Wyldes – A Series of concerts from the same organisers, featuring Fatboy Slim, Paul Weller, Jess Glynne.
7 – 11 August 2019
Fistral Beach & Watergate Bay, Newquay
Boardmasters returns for its annual seaside shindig this summer, with 2019’s star-studded line-up headlined by Wu-Tang Clan, Florence + The Machine and Foals.
Taking place from 7 – 11 August, the festival’s main music events are held at Watergate Bay while a series of surf and skate comps run simultaneously at Fistral Beach.
Cornwall Folk Festival
22 – 26 August 2019
22 – 26 August sees a collection of folk’s finest head to Wadebridge for the 47th edition of Cornwall Folk Festival.
Steve Knightly, The Untanks and Flats & Sharps are among the main artists for this year’s festival, which also features a series of fringe events and workshops around the town.
Little Orchard Festival
13 – 15 September 2019
Healey’s Cyder Farm, Penhallow
What better way to round off the summer than a full weekend of live music and Rattler cider?
Well, this is exactly what Little Orchard Festival are offering, and more, when they host The Zutons, Mad Dog Mcrea and Reef at Healey’s Cyder Farm this September.
The festival is family-friendly, with plenty of non-cider-drinking activities for the littluns.
20 – 22 September
Looe Harbour, Looe
Rising from the ashes of last year’s cancelled Looe Music Festival, the community-run Looe Live saved the day at the 11th hour last time out, and will return for another multi-venue celebration this September.
The Shires have been confirmed as this year’s Saturday night headliners, with many more set to be announced over the coming weeks.
St Ives September Festival
14 – 28 September 2019
Multiple Venues, St Ives
St Ives September Festival features a two-week programme jam-packed with live music, theatre, comedy and art exhibitions.
The main events take place at St Ives Guildhall, which is set to host an opening night concert from Dougie Maclean, along with shows from Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Show of Hands, Geoff Lakeman, and local legends, The Sandy Acre 7.
For the full programme, head here.