The 12 Best Music Festivals in Cornwall This Summer
2020 is shaping up to be a huge summer for live music in Cornwall, with The 1975, Dianna Ross and Kings of Leon 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 presents: Metamorphia
Saturday 2 May 2020
Porthleven’s Masked Ball has long been the opening party to Cornwall’s summer of festivities, marking the start of the season with a spectacular spring-time shindig by the sea.
Having expanded to include Halloween and New Years Eve spin-offs, the next stage of the Masked Ball’s evolution sees a complete revamp of its Spring edition, with an entirely new theme and a brand new location. Metamorphia, in the words of the organisers, will be:
“A haven for heartbreakers, dream chasers and wild night owls. A step away from line up driven music events and a rekindling of bespoke creativity.”
Tunes In The Dunes
1 – 3 May 2020
Perranporth Beach, Perranporth
Set on the golden sands of Perranporth Beach, the family-friendly Tunes In The Dunes festival returns in May 2020, headlined by The Verve’s legendary former frontman Richard Ashcroft, plus Ronan Keating, Oh Wonder and The Dualers.
The Great Estate
29 – 31 May 2020
Scorrier House, Scorrier
Billed by its organisers as ‘The Most Rambunctious Garden Fete’, The Great Estate Festival’s wacky list of attractions includes The Whispering Woods, Madame Wong’s House of Wrong, Swamp Circus, vintage fairground, woodland silent disco, secret gin garden, burlesque sessions and more.
Now heading into its fourth year, the weekend-long event is firmly established as one of the SouthWest’s favourite family-friendly festivals.
This year’s headliners are Razorlight, with many more to be announced soon.
16 June – 21 July 2020
The Eden Project, Bodelva
The Eden Project’s summer event series kicks off with My Chemical Romance on 16 June and will be rounded off by the incredible Diana Ross on 21 July.
Sandwiched in between are gigs from Lionel Richie (17 June), Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (23 June) and The Script (15 July).
The last few remaining tickets can be purchased at https://www.edensessions.com
Tropical Pressure Festival
17 – 20 July 2020
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 its food and drink offerings, and features a range of children’s workshops including dance classes, circus skills, headdress-making and campfire cooking.
24 – 26 July 2020
The Wyldes, Bude
The Wydles’ multi-award-winning grassroots music festival returns for another edition this July, featuring headlining sets from METRONOMY, Goldfrapp and Mystery Jets
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.
Fistral Beach & Watergate Bay, Newquay
Cornwall’s biggest festival returns for a full five days of music and surfing this summer, with 2020’s star-studded line-up headlined by Skepta, Kings of Leon and The 1975.
Taking place from 5 – 9 August, Boardmasters’ main music events are held at Watergate Bay while a series of surf, skate and BMX comps run simultaneously at Fistral Beach.
Cornwall Folk Festival
22 – 26 August 2019
28 – 31 August 2020 August sees a collection of folk’s finest artists head to Wadebridge for the 48th edition of Cornwall Folk Festival.
Dougie Maclean, Granny’s Attic and Merry Hell are among the main artists lined up for this year’s festival, which also features a series of fringe events and workshops around the town.
Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival
11 – 13 September 2020
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 Willie & The Bandits and Fun Lovin’ Criminals at Healey’s Cyder Farm this September.
*The festival is family-friendly, with plenty of non-cider-drinking activities for the littl’uns.
25 – 27 September 2020
Looe Harbour, Looe
Rising from the ashes of the cancelled Looe Music Festival, the community-run Looe Live saved the day at the 11th hour back in 2018, and after two brilliant events will return for its third edition this September.
Tankus The Henge and Reef have been confirmed as this year’s headliners, with many more set to be announced over the coming weeks.
St Ives September Festival
12 – 16 September 2020
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 Martin and Eliza Carthy, plus performances from The Steve Harley Acoustic Band, Martin Simpson and The Pasadena Roof Orchestra.
For the full programme, head here.