This morning, the first wave of acts were announced for Boardmasters 2020. In one epic announcement, almost 100 artists have been unveiled, including this year’s headliners Kings of Leon, Skepta, and The 1975, plus some of the world’s most exciting acts such as Dizzee Rascal, Mura Masa, Sam Fender, Loyle Carner, The Kooks, DJ EZ, Camelphat, Damian “JR Gong” Marley, Andy C, Mabel, Lianne La Havas, Little Simz, Ocean Wisdom and many more.
This year, Boardmasters celebrates its 40th year, and will bring the very best in surf and music to the Cornish coast from Wednesday 5 – Sunday 9 August 2020. Taking place across two stunning sites – Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay, tickets for Boardmasters 2020 are on sale NOW via the website from £30 deposit.
Kings of Leon will be headlining Boardmasters Main Stage as the sun sets across Watergate Bay on Saturday 8 August. Their 7th album WALLS was their first to simultaneously debut at #1 in the UK and USA. It also continued a run of 5 consecutive albums to debut at #1 in the UK. The multi-Grammy and BRIT Award-winning group will be performing songs from all 7 of their albums.
Skepta is undoubtedly one of the most influential, boundary-pushing British artists of recent times, renowned as an early pioneer of UK grime. His 2016 album ‘Konnichiwa’ earned him global acclaim and is still recognised as an era-defining body of work which won the Mercury Music Prize, and earned numerous BRIT Award nominations. ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’, released last year, sees Skepta deliver yet another brilliantly fresh and authentic album. Skepta will headline Boardmasters on Friday 7 August.
The 1975 have seen phenomenal success in the past few years, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Their sound is distinctive, their lyrics are impactful and culturally relevant, and their songs including TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME, Love If We Made It, The Sound and Me And You Together Song are chart-topping hits. Boardmasters is delighted to welcome the Manchester four-piece to the Cornish coast to headline what’s sure to be an unforgettable closing set on Sunday 9 August.
Boardmasters has also revealed over 90 more epic acts for 2020. Festivalgoers can expect unforgettable sets from GRAMMY-nominated producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mura Masa, British grime superstar Dizzee Rascal and critically-acclaimed rapper Loyle Carner. With the 2019 BRITs Critics’ Choice Award under his belt and a No.1 debut album ‘Hypersonic Missiles’, BRIT’s ‘New Artist’ nominee Sam Fender joins the Boardmasters line up for 2020, alongside ‘Finders Keepers’ hitmaker Mabel, one of the UK’s most refreshing young musical role models.
Critically-acclaimed neo-soul grime sensation and rapper Little Simz joins the bill, along with soul songstress Lianne La Havas and exciting new talent and breakthrough indie singer-songwriter Beadadoobee, who was nominated for both the BBC Sound of 2020 and BRITs Rising Star Award. Pale Waves are set to get the crowd dancing with their glistening, wistful goth-pop, following the outstanding critical success for their debut album ‘My Mind Makes Noises’, while band of the moment The Big Moon, who have just released their Top 20 album ‘Walking Like We Do’, are set to bring their blend of glowing synth pads and joyous, layered harmonies to Watergate Bay.
Fans can expect an incredible punk-edged set and a thrilling, crowd surfing good time from Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, while GRAMMY-award winning Damian “JR Gong” Marley will be bringing a monster mash-up of dubsteb and dancehall and reggae. On the back of selling out Wembley Arena, as well as a residency at London’s iconic XOYO in just two hours, the legendary Andy C will deliver his iconic drum and bass sounds.
British indie rock legends The Kooks will join Boardmasters in August and are set to get the crowds dancing along to 14 years of unmissable hits, including You Don’t Love Me, She Moves In Her Own Way and festival favourite Naïve. Also riding the wave towards Watergate Bay in August are garage legend DJ EZ, British DJ duo Camelphat, hip-hop artist Ocean Wisdom and London grime MC Ghetts.
Crowds can also expect unmissable sets from singer-songwriter Jade Bird, South African modern folk musician Jeremy Loops, British hip hop group The Four Owls, Leeds duoProspa and garage, grime and bassline DJ Flava D, who will join Kings of Leon, Skepta and The 1975 for five unforgettable days of music and surfing. The full Boardmasters lineup so far is below.
Boardmasters will continue its tremendous work to keep the festival and the Cornish coastline cleaner than ever before. There will be beach cleans in partnership with Surfers Against Sewage throughout the year as well as during the festival. The successful re-useable cup scheme will continue, along with a litter bond on all camping tickets to incentivize campers to pick up their litter and recycle, and much more in place to make Boardmasters as clean, environmentally-friendly and enjoyable as possible. This is all part of the mission to have eradicated all non-essential single-use plastics from Boardmasters by next Summer’s festival.
Beyond the music, Boardmasters will return with its epic surf competition, part of the World Surf League Qualifying Series as the biggest names on the international surf scene battle it out on the waves at Fistral Beach. More details to be revealed in 2020. The festivals dedicated wellbeing area, Zennor Haven will be the perfect place to unwind and relax, with yoga, mental health workshops, healthy food offerings, meditation and much more. The UK’s largest Silent Disco will make a hotly-anticipated return on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 August as scores of festivalgoers kick-start 2020 proceedings at the Watergate Bay Main Stage.
Inspired by the freedom, adventure and creativity of surfing and music, Boardmasters was born in 1981. Expect parties that run late into the night and a beautiful beach to recuperate on during the day. The five-day event is situated across two stunning locations in Cornwall – UK surfing mecca, Fistral Beach, where world class International Surf Competitions take place, and the most stunning location in the country to watch live music, Watergate Bay.
Book your tickets here now, and see you at the beach!
Boardmasters is done and dusted for another year. The weather was in turns glorious and challenging but there was surf every day and the music went off … big style. So many glowing reports of epic nights had up at Watergate. The Chemical Brothers blew minds, Catfish and the Bottlemen nailed it and George Ezra was the perfect sign off. There were too many other highlights to mention. While we’re mainly in recovery mode right now if you’ve got any sense you’d be making arrangements for next August… Early bird tickets will be available soon at boardmasters.com
Congrats to Juliette, Aping, Edouard and Andy the winners of the Ugg Longboarding and Quik/Roxy shortboard WSL comps. Good showing from the local crew as well with Jay Quinn, Luke Dillon, Ellie Turner and Emily Currie making the sharp end. Ben Skinner narrowly missed out on the win and the European tour title in a tense final … next year Skindog!
Fistral Beach / Watergate Bay, Cornwall | Wednesday 8 – Sunday 12 August 2018
As the sun rose at Watergate Bay this morning, Boardmasters announced the first wave of acts set to take to the stage in 2018, including the first Main Stage headline act. Cornwall’s very own surf and music festival will play host to legendary dance music duo The Chemical Brothers alongside some of the most exciting and diverse acts in the world right now including Craig David, Annie Mac, The Horrors and The Amazons. After 2017’s bigger-than-ever, sell-out success, Boardmasters returns to the sun-drenched Cornish coastline for another year, with the hottest surf and music action in the UK. Boardmasters runs from Wednesday 8 – Sunday 12 August 2018 across Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay, tickets are on sale NOW via the website.
Get ready to dance with The Chemical Brothers. With no less than six UK number 1 albums to their name, electronic pioneers Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands have been thrilling crowds for over two decades. Known for their electrifying sets and hits such as ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl’, ‘Galvanize’ and ‘Go’, The Chemical Brothers will bring the biggest party of the summer to Watergate Bay as they headline the main stage on Saturday 11 August.
Boardmasters is also stoked to announce 12 more acts for 2018. Taking to the Unleashed stage for two huge headline sets are comeback king Craig David, who will present TS5, his unique hybrid set which sees him DJ, MC, and sing accompanied by a live band, as well as BBC Radio 1 tastemaker DJ Annie Mac. Also announced is prolific Brit band The Horrors riding the wave of their latest chart success, Top 10 album ‘V’. Crowds can also expect unforgettable sets from critically acclaimed rock quartet The Amazons, New Zealand’s premier fusion band Fat Freddy’s Drop, hotly-tipped Declan McKenna, vocal powerhouse Tom Walker, and indie rock star Sam Fender, who will be returning to the stage after two dazzling Boardmasters sets in 2017. Festivalgoers can also expect world class DJ sets from Phonox’s resident DJ HAAi, and electronic duo Bicep, who will join The Chemical Brothers for a weekend of unforgettable life-affirming performances from the biggest names in music, in the most stunning festival setting the UK has to offer.
In addition to the incredible musical offerings, punters will also be able to enjoy classic pub banter during The Keg & Pasty stand-up comedy hour, and, for those looking to fully immerse themselves in Cornish life, language workshops will be returning, teaching local dialect to inquisitive minds.
This year, Boardmasters welcomed 50,000 festivalgoers to enjoy world-class music from headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, Alt-J and more atop the picture-perfect Watergate Bay. While the UK’s surf mecca Fistral Beach drew surf lovers in droves with record numbers watching the international surf competition over five days. NME described Boardmasters as “a perfect weekend mix of sun, surf and music in Cornwall” while The Financial Times said Boardmasters is “fast becoming one of the UK’s most enticing summer music festivals”. The Cornish Guardian commented that Boardmasters 2017 was “a resounding success” and the Western Morning News called it “one of Cornwall’s coolest events.”
Inspired by the freedom, adventure and creativity of surfing and music, Boardmasters was born in 1981. Expect parties that run late into the night and a beautiful beach to recuperate on during the day. The 5-day event is situated across two stunning locations in Cornwall – the surfing mecca of the UK, Fistral Beach, where world class International Surf Competitions take place, and arguably the most stunning location in the country to watch live music, Watergate Bay. Last year the grassroots surf and music festival welcomed over 150,000 festival goers to sunny Cornwall. Book your tickets here.
Bringing a unique mix of live music, surfing and cuisine to Seignosse, The Wander Landes Festival presented by VISSLA and Heads Beach Brewing Company celebrated its first year under sunshine and blue skies. Curated by Anglo-Aussie quartet Sunset Sons, the highly anticipated surf/sound experience welcomed hundreds of festival-goers to the French surf region between Thursday 21st September – Sunday 24thSeptember 2017.
Popping up at various hotspots throughout Seignosse, the four-day immersion into beach life culminated in one epic live show at the Salle des Bourdaines. Headlined by Hossegor locals Sunset Sons, The Wander Landes Festival showcased a string of musicians from across Europe including New Carnival, Nathan Ball, Lee-Ann Curren, Haunt the Woods and Consolers.
Sunset Sons commented: “We’ve had the pleasure of touring with some fantastic bands and artist over the years. Having a bunch of them join us in Seignosse has been a great experience and we have been overwhelmed by the local support. This town means a lot to us and we wanted to put on something special and it’s safe to say the debut year of The Wander Landes Festival went off more than expected. It looks like we’ll have to keep this puppy alive.”
Embracing the sands of Seignosse, Germany’s Consolerskick-started The Wander Landes Festival in style on Thursday 21st September at Heads Beach Brewing Company. Joined by a selection of local guest DJ’s including Sunset Sons frontman Rory Williams, the opening party made for a killer introduction to this grass roots music festival.
Marking the start of the water action was Friday’s official Foam Froth Surf Event courtesy of Catch Surf and Louvine. Kicking off proceedings with coffee and pastries, participants gathered to select their soft-top weapon of choice. Drawing musicians, pro surfers, industry veterans and fans, the no-rules event encouraged wave stealing and general bad surf etiquette.
Celebrating the street food craze, Friday evening of The Wander Landes Festival pulled in an 800-strong crowd as scores of food trucks set up shop for the widely anticipated street food event. Showcasing an all-star cast of local chefs and ninja home cooks, the Louvine terrace was bursting at the seams with hungry festival goers sampling the countless cuisines. Four-piece band Haunt the Woods added a music element to the culinary affair and this concluded their first performance at The Wander Landes Festival for 2017.
The stage on Saturday 23rd September saw Sunset Sons deliver a long-awaited performance on their adopted home turf. Renowned for their high-energy shows, local residents and devoted fans turned out in their masses to see the band headline festival proceedings. Performing hits such as ‘On the Road’ and ‘Remember,’ from their debut album ‘Very Rarely Say Die,’ all eyes were on the four-piece as they shared a slice of their new material with excited partygoers.
Joining Sunset Sons on stage was indie music’s rising stars New Carnival. Bringing a taste of Bristol to France, the infectious live performance energised partygoers and it was easy to see why this band always sell out headline shows. London-based singer songwriter Nathan Ball captivated the audience with an atmospheric show that swiftly became a talking point among festival guests. Checking in for round two was Hanover born band Consolers. Bringing their colourful chorus-driven sounds, the feel-good performance was the perfect fit for a beachside festival. Trading waves for the stage, Biarritz native and local surf legend Lee-Ann Curren showcased her musical flare with a solo set that impressed friends and fans. Warming up the crowd for the second time was harmonious foursome Haunt the Woods. Often found sharing the stage with Sunset Sons, the up-and-coming rock-folk band charmed The Wander Landes Festival crowd once again.
Festival Director Nicolas Dazet commented: “We really wanted to give the artists playing at the festival and our guests a true taste of Seignosse. It was a special four days and we already have ideas for next year.”
A closing party at Heads Beach Brewing Company marked the end of a successful event packed full of outstanding musical performances, fun and fearless surf sessions plus mouth-watering cuisine.
The Wander Landes Festival is proudly sponsored by VISSLA and Heads Beach Brewing Company.
BANISH YOUR BOARDMASTERS BLUES WITH OUR OFFICIAL 2017 AFTERMOVIE!
Boardmasters 2017 After Movie has just landed, so it’s time to kick back, and relive all those memories from an unforgettable five days on the Cornish coastline, while Hein Cooper serenades with a live recording of ‘Rusty’ direct from Watergate Beach. A sold-out Boardmasters opened for another year this August, with exhilarating surf action and world-class live music across two simply stunning sites in Cornwall. The UK’s surf mecca of Fistral Beach played host to the biggest surf competition of its kind in the UK, while the sun-drenched headland at Watergate Bay brought unforgettable, supersize gigs from huge names including headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquaiand Alt-J. Check out the After Movie here.
The Cornish coast was a truly picture-perfect a backdrop, with unrivalled sunsets and breath taking views to enjoy whilst soaking up music from huge names from headliners and others including The Flaming Lips, The Vaccines, JP Cooper, Laura Mvula, Giggs, Loyle Carner, Daisy Clarke, A Blaze of Feather and many more. In what was Boardmasters biggest year to date, the music site at Watergate Bay increased in capacity from 45,000 to 50,000 welcoming more festivalgoers than ever before. Meanwhile, Fistral Beach saw record numbers descend to check out the very best in international surfing, which saw Boardmasters ambassadors Lucy Campbell and Luke Dillon battle it out against fellow pro surfers.
Established in 1981, Boardmasters is a 5-day event situated across two stunning locations in Cornwall – the surfing mecca of the UK, Fistral Beach where Boardmasters famous International Surf Competitions take place and arguably the most stunning location in the country to watch live music, Watergate Bay. This year saw Boardmasters welcome more than 150,000 festivalgoers across its two sites over the 5 days of the festival. Boardmasters operates a tiered ticket system with price bands for tickets changing over time. The sooner you buy, the cheaper it is! 2018 dates to be revealed soon.
Boardmasters is done for another year, everyone’s exhausted, needing a detox and in need of a decent night’s sleep but as always a blast was had by all. Here’s a selection of images from across the week and the official WSL releases on the comps.
Congrats to Emily Currie finishing third in the WSL Euro Longboarding season and Jack Unsworth fourth in the mens. BM wise Jobe made the semis, Gearoid the quarters in the shortboard and Bleakers, Skindog, Emily and Jack Unsworth all made the quarters in the logs.
All the highlights from the final day of surfing at Fistral beach! We crowned Jeep Longboard champions Antoine Delpero and Justine Dupont! Head here for full results http://www.boardmasters.co.uk/results
Ella Williams (NZL), 22, and Lliam Mortensen (AUS), 20, have claimed the Boardmasters Quiksilver & Roxy Open titles today in wind-affected three-to-four foot surf at Fistral. Competition resumed early this morning and culminated with the QS finals this afternoon in front of a packed beach.
Mikaela Greene (AUS), 23, upset the defending event champion and her compatriot Claire Bevilacqua in their semifinal matchup as she belted her ticket for the final. Former World Junior Champion Ella Williams took out the second semi against Josefina Ane (ARG) to join Greene.
In a wave-starved final, both surfers built their scoreboard on mediocre waves at first, before finding better opportunities through the second half of the matchup. Eventually it was Williams who found the best scoring rides in a really difficult lineup at low tide and walked away with the win.
Williams claimed her first event win of the season and a much deserved break from a string of average results. The Kiwi surfer has been consistently placing in the Top 30 on the Qualifying Series and will need to build momentum from her Newquay win and transpose her good form on the bigger events coming right up.
“It’s such a great feeling to win an event again, I’m so excited!” Williams said. “This has been my toughest season ever so far so it’s nice to finally get back in rhythm. Winning an event makes the place all the more special and I’m excited to go back to Lacanau just like I’ll be excited to come back here next year. My mom and dad take turns travelling with me and I really like having their support, it’s really tough doing it on your own.”
Mikaela Greene placed runner-up for the second time in 2017 and adds yet another great result to her season tally. Unfortunately the young Aussie’s best finishes have only been in smaller-scale events so far and she’ll need to step her game up in the QS6,000 where the big points are.
“Ella is a really tough competitor and if it was going to be anybody to lose to I’m glad I lost to her today,” Greene admitted. “Every heat is a learning curve and I definitely took away a lot from that heat. I’m pretty happy with my performance and I definitely hope I can get that first place before the end of the season. It gives you a lot of confidence when you have a good result behind you and I hope I can follow through in the next few events. This place has that real English vibe and it’s been a great experience for my first time in Newquay.”
One of the form surfers all-event, Lliam Mortensen eliminated the last British surfer in the opening semifinal, Jobe Harriss (GBR). He was joined in the final by Kairi Noro (JPN), 18, who came out on top of a tense matchup with Luis Diaz (CNY).
In the men’s final, Mortensen and Noro got off to a quicker start, with the first exchange going the Australian’s way for an early lead. Mortensen quickly put a second good score on the board to apply pressure on his opponent, eventually claiming his second back-to-back event win after the Murasaki Shonan Open in Japan last month.
Sitting right outside the Top 100 coming into Boardmasters, Mortensen is on his way to the coveted QS10,000 events and will have a chance to shine amongst some of the World’s best surfers if he can keep his momentum throughout the European leg.
“I had a super bad season last year and I couldn’t imagine turning it around with two event wins halfway through this one,” Mortensen stated. “I’ve been to England a couple of times but never here and I loved it. It’s summer time and everyone’s here, and to surf in front of a crowd is really cool. I’m definitely going to have a little celebration at the music festival now!”
Kairi Noro (JPN), 18, was the surprise finalist at Fistral, topping a stacked field to place runner-up for the first time in a Qualifying Series event. The 18-year-old from Japan will take a massive leap on the rankings where he stood in 256th position before this event.
“I’m very happy with my result today,” Noro said. “I’ve had a great time here, we had decent waves and the people were super nice, I loved the food too it was an awesome experience! It’s only my second year on the QS and this is my best result ever so I’m excited and I look forward to my next events in France and Spain.”
BOARDMASTERS, QUIKSILVER OPEN FINAL RESULTS: 1 – Lliam Mortensen (AUS) 13.07
2 – Kairi Noro (JPN) 9.60
BOARDMASTERS, ROXY OPEN FINAL RESULTS: 1 – Ella Williams (NZL) 11.90
2 – Mikaela Greene (AUS) 9.57
Antoine Delpero (FRA), 31, and Justine Dupont (FRA), 25, have claimed the Jeep Men and Women’s Longboard titles today at Boardmasters in one-to-two foot surf at North Fistral. Longboarders took it to the lineup at 9 a.m with their quarterfinals, culminating with the finals early this afternoon in front of large crowds once again.
In the women’s final both surfers kept extremely busy right from the buzzer, and Dupont got off to a slightly better start than Steinriede with two medium scores on the board.
Things got interesting at the halfway mark with both surfers dropping an excellent score to tighten the race for the Boardmasters title. Dupont quickly backed it up with another good wave to distance herself from Steinriede a little bit more.
Eventually her lead was enough and the multi-talented French rider walked away with the Boardmasters, Jeep Women’s Longboard title at Fistral. This result rocketed her up to second on the European rankings, giving her the opportunity to qualify for the World Longboard Championships next season.
“I am so stoked to be able to do the World Longboard Championships next season again,” Dupont said. “My former sponsor kept me from doing them these last few years and I really missed it. It’s a different brand of surfing that I really enjoy, you can play with your board as much as you play with the waves and it makes it really exciting, even in small waves.”
A former World Champion, Steinriede had the best single score of the final but came up just short of finding the necessary backup to overtake Dupont. This second place marks the American’s best result so far this season.
“I was happy to make the final, Alice has been surfing great and I was stoked to get that win in the semis,” Steinriede said. “Congrats to Justine, she came back to the longboard and it’s cool to see. I loved coming here, it’s beautiful when the sun comes out. I’m also a huge dance fan, so we paid a little visit to the music festival and it was great fun!”
Alice Lemoigne (REU), 20, failed to advance through her semifinal matchup with Steinriede, but her consistency was enough to clinch her fourth European Women’s Longboard title. The Reunion Island surfer won the opening event in Caparica and placed equal third in Gaia and today, to secure the coveted regional crown.
“I’m really really happy to keep the European title again this year,” Lemoigne said. “I work really hard to improve my surfing and fitness so that’s a testament that all these efforts pay. Winning the title once is one thing but to defend it is really much harder.”
Lemoigne also placed equal fifth in the opening event of the World Longboard Championship in Papua New Guinea earlier this year and has set her eyes on the final event in Taiwan to try to belt an international win.
“I surf a lot and analyze videos with my coach Vincent Guelfi,” she continued. “That plus some work on balance, stretching and basically everything that can help get better and stronger. I need to improve on heat strategy as well, I lost my priority on a bad call in that heat and I feel like this cost me the win.”
In the men’s final, Antoine Delpero dropped the hammer early on with a solid 8.83 as his opening score, going up against younger brother Edouard in the final once again. But Antoine didn’t stop there and kept building with incredibly stylish and technical surfing for a 9.10 soon after and a perfect 10 point ride — the only one of the whole event, short and longboard included — to seal the deal.
“I was lucky all the waves came to me,” Antoine said. “That was an awesome final and thankfully it went my way, but Edouard is such a great surfer it could have easily been the other way around. We keep pushing each other to get better and better and I think without him I might not be surfing competitively still, so I really appreciate all the experiences and heats we share together.”
This win at Boardmasters also came in the form of a fifth European Longboard title. Antoine gave a heartfelt speech on stage thanking all the public who came to support the longboarders on finals day, as well as the event organizers and sponsors who have a long history of promoting their discipline.
“I’m super happy to get the title again and it’s a great motivation boost for the second and last stage of the World Championships in Taiwan at the end of the year,” he added.
Edouard Delpero had a stellar run through the whole Boardmasters event, but unfortunately failed to elevate his surfing to the level needed in the final to beat his brother.
“I won the last three heats we surfed against each other, but today he was just too good,” he stated. “I’m a little bit gutted because I’ve won relatively low-consequences heats, but when the title is on the line he always gets me! Nevertheless we both cherish all these moments we share, and especially here in Newquay it’s always great to come compete and enjoy the festival.”
With Boardmasters, Jeep Men & Women Longboard completed today, the European LQS rankings are final with Top 5 as follows:
1 – Antoine Delpero (FRA) *** European Longboard Champion***
2 – Emilien Fleury (FRA)
3 – Edouard Delpero (FRA)
4 – Jack Unsworth (GBR)
5 – Alberto Fernandez (ESP)
Boardmasters are supported by Corona, Monster Energy, Cornish Orchards, VISA, Samsung, Quiksilver, Roxy, Carve Surfing Magazine, Surfgirl, Radio X and DJ Mag among others, with MagicSeaWeed.com as official forecaster.
BOARDMASTERS, JEEP MEN’S LONGBOARD FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Antoine Delpero (FRA) 19.10
2 – Edouard Delpero (FRA) 15.00