With the clocks going forward and summer just around the corner, Boardmasters has today revealed another wave of acts set to perform at Cornwall’s own surf and music festival, with 41 incredible acts added to this year’s world-class line up including Editors, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Black Foxxes and Gwenno. They join headliners Catfish And The Bottlemen, The Chemical Brothers and George Ezra, as well as the likes of Rae Morris, Stefflon Don and Annie Mac for what’s set to be the biggest Boardmasters yet. Taking place this year from Wednesday 8 – Sunday 12 August at Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach on the sun-drenched Cornish coast, tickets for Boardmasters are on sale NOW via the website.
Birmingham rockers Editors will be taking to the Main Stage hot on the heels of the release of their sixth top 10 album ‘Violence’. Since bursting onto the scene in 2003, Editors have established themselves as one of the UK’s premier bands, their sound evolving with every release. With soaring vocals from front man Tom Smith, crowds are set to be entranced by a set featuring a mix of much-loved songs that span an impressive 15-year career.
Iconic trio Fun Lovin’ Criminals also join the festivities. Led by frontman Huey Morgan, they soundtracked the 90s with hits such as ‘Scooby Snacks’, ‘Love Unlimited’ and ‘King of New York’ and have had a remarkable five albums chart in the UK top 20. With an eclectic music style that fuses hip hop, rock, blues and jazz together with R&B, punk and funk there’s something for everyone when the New Yorkers head to Cornwall in August.
Rock fans will delight in the sounds of Exeter-based trio Black Foxxes who recently released their lauded second album ‘Reiði’, whilst lovers of electro beats will be treated to a set from award-winning Canadian musician, DJ and producer Tiga, a man often hailed as one of ‘the world’s best mixers’.
Festivalgoers can also expect an epic and extraordinary set from unique songstress Gwenno. The multilingual daughter of a Cornish poet recently released her second album ‘Le Kov’ to critical acclaim. The album, written entirely in Cornish, is a euphoric and playful body of work suffused with rich melodies tackling issues of identity, politics and minority languages.
Elsewhere, world renowned DJs will be filling tent floors as they bring the hottest beats to Cornwall this summer. Dance fans can look forward to legendary German electronic beat maker Butch and Chicago icon Gene Farris back-to-back with DJ and producer extraordinaire Doorly. Staple favourites on the local dance scene Light Layers will be returning to Boardmasters for the third year in a row, bringing their unique blend of bass and banter to Watergate Bay.
Also joining this year’s epic line up is rising star Mellah, the Peckham-based singer and producer garnering attention with his endearing and alluring indie tunes, garage rocker King Tuff whose eagerly anticipated fifth studio album ‘The Other’ is about to drop and alt-pop band Flyte who released their long-awaited and impressive debut album ‘The Loved Ones’ last year.
Other unmissable acts announced today include Low Island, the Oxford quartet who have racked up millions of streams over their first two EP’s with their colourful jazz-inspired sound, East London troubadour Holiday Oscar making waves with his breezy folk songs, and all the way from Byron Bay ‘tropical ambassador’ Bobby Alu, the singer, ukulele strummer and drummer known for his fusion of smooth harmonies, Polynesian inspired rhythm and unassuming summer grooves. Joining them are lo-fi psychedelic punk rock duo The Lovely Eggs, Sons of The East, Adam French, Samm Henshaw, Me and The Devil, Charlotte Carpenter, Josh McGovern, Sam Sweeney, Caro, The Lottery Winners, FEET, Lady Bird, Rental Wives, Annabel Allum, Bad Parents, HAUS, Colouring, LUCIA, Rews, Fizzy Blood, Trudy & The Romance, The RPMs, Bryde, DJ Proof, Shapes, Lion and The Alive.
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Boardmasters has today revealed its second wave of acts set to perform in 2018, including Main Stage headliners Catfish and the Bottlemen and George Ezra. At Watergate Bay’s sunrise this morning, Boardmasters unveiled 29 epic acts who will join previously announced headliners The Chemical Brothers for Cornwall’s own surf and music festival, taking place this year from Wednesday 8 – Sunday 12 August. With everything from alt-rock, grime, house, electropop, singer-songwriters and much more, Boardmasters is set to return bigger and better than ever to the stunning Cornish coastline for another huge year of surf and music. Tickets are on sale NOW via the website.
Indie rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen are a musical tour de force. The platinum-selling Welsh quartet, fronted by energetic lead vocalist Van McCann, have been hailed by NME as “one of the best live bands in the game”, and as they take to the Boardmasters Main Stage on Friday 10 August on their return to Watergate Bay, festivalgoers can expect an electrifying set filled with early hits like ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Kathleen’, as well as cuts from their number one sophomore album ‘The Ride’.
Since bursting on to the scene with his multi-platinum debut album ‘Wanted on Voyage’ in 2014, George Ezra has continually stunned audiences with his distinctively soulful voice and jubilant live shows. The multi-platinum singer-songwriter behind chilled-out hits ‘Budapest’, ‘Blame It On Me’, ‘Don’t Matter Now’, and recent anthemic release ‘Paradise’, will close the Main Stage with his warm vocals as the sun sets on Watergate Bay on Sunday 12 August.
In 2016, after a six-year hiatus, grime veteran Kano released his critically-lauded album ‘Made In The Manor’ and headlined Boardmasters Unleashed stage with one of the most talked about performances of the festival weekend. This year, with a UK festival exclusive, Kano will be returning to the sun-drenched coast with what’s sure to be another electrifying set featuring fan favourites ‘3 Wheel-ups’, ‘GarageSkankFREESTYLE’ and ‘P’s and Q’s’.
Electro-dance trio Years & Years conquered 2015 with their number one debut album ‘Communion’ which earned them four prestigious BRIT Award nominations, and now Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen are gearing up for their massive return. The ‘King’ and ‘Shine’ hitmakers, known for their exuberant performances, will bring a splash of colour to the weekend’s festivities.
With a number one album that has gone on to sell millions worldwide, soulful sensation Rag’n’Bone Man was the sound of the summer and Boardmasters is stoked to announce his return to this year’s festival. Rory Graham, better known as Rag’n’Bone Man, has had unprecedented success since releasing global smash ‘Human’ in 2016: follow-up singles ‘Skin’ and ‘Grace’ are instant classics and have made Graham one of the most-heard voices on the radio. He’s also bagged two BRIT Awards and is nominated in this year’s category for British Male Solo Artist.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, even more acts have been added to the fantastic Boardmasters bill today, including two of the biggest indie rock bands to emerge from Britain over the past few years: Friendly Fires, who have promised big things in 2018 after a five-year hiatus, and Everything Everything, who unleashed their fantastic fourth record to huge praise in summer 2017. On the verge of releasing her eagerly anticipated second album ‘Someone Out There’, Rae Morris will provide the feel-good vibes as she hits the stage to perform latest electropop bangers ‘Do It’ and ‘Atletico’.
Also announced are hotly tipped pop star and the UK’s go-to songwriter RAYE, indie alt-folk trio Wildwood Kin, the ‘rising voice of London’s disaffected underclass’ Hak Baker, the UK’s premier blues rock trio Wille & The Bandits, Australian surf pop duo Hockey Dad, rising UK R&B Singer Bobii Lewis and Kelli-Leigh, who is best known as the voice behind two number 1 UK singles: ‘I Got U’ by Duke Dumont and ‘I Wanna Feel’ by Second City.
Watergate Bay will also play host to an incredible line-up of superstar DJs from around the globe this summer. MK, responsible for hits like ‘Piece Of Me’ featuring Becky Hill and recent top ten crowd-puller ‘17’, will be spinning the best house, techno, hip hop and R&B tunes. Also announced is drum and bass and jungle music specialist Shy FX Soundsystem, and BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard.
Claptone, Steve Lawler, Skream, Fred V & Grafix, Audio Bullys, Riton with Kah-Lo, Holy Goof, Or:La, Kideko and Cakeboy complete the latest batch of announced acts for a unique festival experience in the most epic setting the UK has to offer.
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 surf and music festival welcomed over 150,000 festival goers to sunny Cornwall. Book your tickets here now!
Catfish and the Bottlemen / The Chemical Brothers / George Ezra
Kano / Rag ‘N’ Bone Man / Years & Years / MK / Annie Mac / Craig David Presents TS5 / Everything Everything / Friendly Fires / RAYE / Wildwood Kin / Fat Freddy’s Drop / The Horrors / Declan Mckenna / The Amazons / Shy FX Soundsystem / Claptone / Steve Lawler / Bicep DJ Set / Skream / Danny Howard / Denis Sulta / Rae Morris / Fred V & Grafix Live / Tom Walker / Audio Bullys / Hak Baker / Sam Fender / Riton w Kah-Lo / Wille & The Bandits / Holy Goof / Or:La / Kideko / Kelli-Leigh / HAAI / Hockey Dad / Bobii Lewis and Cakeboy
Plus many more acts still to be announced
Watergate Bay tickets on sale NOW
Boardmasters operates a tiered ticket system with price bands for tickets changing over time. Book tickets now to guarantee the best price!
All tickets on sale now (Charger ticket includes bus pass, parking, VIP camping, Beach Session gigs, After Parties, Boardmasters t-shirt and tote bag)
Click here for tickets and info for 2018’s Boardmasters festival of music and surfing in Cornwall