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Boardmasters Festival

August 8, 2018 - August 12, 2018

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Boardmasters, the biggest music and surf festival in Europe returns to Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay in Newquay Cornwall in 2018 for five days of adrenaline filled fun in the sun.

Taking place from 8th -12th, Boardmasters is split across two iconic locations in Newquay – Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay

Fistral Beach
Fistral beach, the home of UK surfing will host the pro surf contests and is transformed into a pumping mini festival with skate and BMX competitions, graffiti art installations, live music, surf shopping village and loads more awesome things to do and see. It’s a buzzing atmosphere and totally free to attend so make sure you don’t miss it!

As the sun goes down on Fistral beach, the party continues into the night with ‘The Beach Sessions’,  a series of intimate evening gigs taking place throughout the week in the Beach Bar. Previous artists include The 1975, Xavier Rudd, Newton Faulkner and Ben Howard. Tickets are required for The Beach Sessions.

Watergate Bay
A few miles up the road is Watergate Bay, host to the main headline music festival and campsite. Set overlooking the dramatic cliffs of the North Cornish Coast it’s a full three days of live music across multiple stages, bars, fairground rides and more. Last years music festival attracted over 40,000 visitors across the weekend, with headliners Bastille, Rudimental and Faithless entertaining the crowd.

Early bird tickets are available now for Boardmasters 2017 here, and to give you a taster of what to expect, watch highlights from 2015’s boardmasters below 🙂

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